Matika – Moving the Māori Nation

Whānau, hapū and iwi Māori improving their lives through active participation and healthier lifestyles.

Moving the Māori Nation promotes Whānau Ora through whakapakari tinana and is aimed at improving the wellbeing of whānau Māori

More Information

Matika - Moving the Māori Nation Investment is to support projects that demonstrate a clear pathway to broader Whānau Ora outcomes and life changing behaviours.

Whānau are self-managing & empowered leaders. Whānau are leading healthy lifestyles. Whānau are confidently participating in Te Ao Māori. Whānau are participating fully in society. Whānau are economically secure & successfully involved in wealth creation. Whānau are cohesive, resilient & nurturing. Whānau are responsible stewards of their living & natural environment.

Matika - Moving the Māori Nation Investment is for projects that:

  • provide or facilitate whakapakari tinana activities that affect positive behavioural and lifestyle change for whānau, or,
  • create opportunities for whānau engagement that lead to healthy lifestyles, such as, activities relating to nutrition, cooking, exercise, recreation and training and wider well-being.

It does not support

  • whanau to hold, train or attend one off events or activities
  • sponsorship for events or activities
  • travel, admin or capital costs for events of activities
  • events or activities that are deemed to be well-established or business-as-usual

How to Apply

There is no closing date to receive applications meaning they can be received throughout the year, or until the fund has been allocated. Instructions are in the Application Form.

Download the Application Form [DOC 541KB]

Once completed you must send it to your nearest Te Puni Kōkiri regional office.

More questions

If you, your whānau or a provider of healthy lifestyle activities is looking for ways to improve Māori wellbeing, contact us to find out how the Fund may be able to help.

You can get in touch through any of our regional offices.

Our Matika Stories

Across Aotearoa whānau, hapū and iwi Māori are improving their lives through active participation and healthier lifestyles. Read more about the gains that are being made for whānau, hapū and iwi through the support of Matika – Moving the Māori Nation.

Auckland tamariki are growing confidence and learning about healthy living through dance

Lleuarne Panoho spends her week dancing with tamariki from lower decile Auckland schools and it is making a difference to their confidence, self-identity and well-being.


Easing the pressure at Christmas

Having worked with Māori and Pacific communities in Christchurch for more than 21 years, He Waka Tapu knows that Christmas can be an extremely stressful time for whānau.


KOHAFIT - Change for Change

A new health awareness and fitness programme that encourages the achievement of group goals as a whānau rather than individually.


Whakatāne community step up to healthier lifestyle

150 participants from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi and the Whakatāne community took up a healthier lifestyle challenge - Hikoi ki te Hauora – and won.


Age means nothing

Nineteen kaumātua from Ōrongomai Marae took on Kaumatua IronMaori in Napier this year some for the second time.


150 Take Up The Mātika Moving the Māori Nation Challenge

150 participants from Āwanui-a-rangi and the Whakatāne Community have launched Hikoi ki te Hauora 2017.


Māori Movement Fitness Programme Launched

A Ngāti Ranginui Iwi health programme is producing exciting spin-offs with the launch of a unique Māori fitness programme in Tauranga recently.



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