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Poipoia te kākano: Cadetships unearth potential of budding Māori entrepreneurs
The Cadetship programme provides a proven avenue for Māori of all ages to gain skills and to progress into higher paid, more senior roles.
Building economic capacity with the Māori Cadetship Programme
Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Cadetship Programme contributes to thriving, innovative and resilient businesses and is supporting the economic recovery, post COVID-19 pandemic.
Nurturing whenua and whānau through māra kai
Te Puna Reo o Raparapaririki and Mahora School are using mātauranga Māori and spaces of peace to nurture whenua and nurture whānau through māra kai.
Whenua Development: Tupoki Takarangi Trust
Driving along the scenic coastal road through Eastbourne in Lower Hutt, the furthest point south sees you stop at the carpark at Burdan’s Gate.
Te Pūtake o Te Riri ki Tauranga Moana Haerenga
Tauranga Moana iwi commemorated 159 years since the battles of Gate Pā and Te Ranga
Whenua Māori clinics kick off in Te Tai Hauāuru
Māori landowners in Te Tai Hauāuru have the opportunity to engage kanohi ki te kanohi with Te Puni Kōkiri about their whenua.
Developing the aspirations of Te Maungarongo Ahu Whenua Trust
Te Maungarongo Ahu Whenua Trust administers 16 hectares of whenua in the Waima Valley in Te Tai Tokerau.
Government Inquiry into the response to the North Island Severe Weather Events
The Government Inquiry into the response to the North Island Severe Weather Events is currently looking into the three major 2023 weather events: Cyclone Hale, Cyclone Gabrielle, and the heavy rainfall in Hawke’s Bay, Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Tairāwhiti, Tararua, and Bay of Plenty.
Pūrongo-ā-tau: Annual Report 2023
Secretary for Māori Development (Chief Executive of Te Puni Kōkiri), Dave Samuels, is pleased to present the Annual Report of Te Puni Kōkiri for the year ended 30 Pipiri 2023.
Kia whakanuia ki te Mahuru Māori 2023
Reo Māori stories, team waiata and inter-office kapa haka performances helped bring Mahuru Māori to life at Te Puni Kōkiri.
Māori Housing: A new dawn for Te Āwhina Marae
Hundreds of whānau and the wider Motueka community gathered recently to celebrate a huge milestone in the housing journey of Te Āwhina Marae.
Award-winning Wi Pere farm recovering from Cyclone Gabrielle
An award-winning whenua Māori farm slammed by four-meter-high waves of cyclone debris will recover in a third of the time thanks to Government support.
Māori cadetship programme builds resilient businesses and kaimahi
Organisations participating in Cadetships have been recognised as employers of choice for Māori. By actively supporting the upskilling of existing and new kaimahi Māori, this has improved kaimahi retention leading to improvements in overall performance.
130 years of Women’s Suffrage, the role wāhine Māori played, and today
130 years since Aotearoa New Zealand became the first self-governing country to give women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.
Mr G and rangatahi from Shannon create inspirational wall art
Strengthening rangatahi wellbeing, resilience and confidence through tikanga and cultural identity was demonstrated in Shannon recently, when famous artist Mr G, came to town.
Chief Judge Caren Fox appointed Waitangi Tribunal Chair
Newly sworn in Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court, Caren Fox, is also the new Chair of the Waitangi Tribunal.
Growing kōhine Māori leaders
Te Puni Kōkiri and Manatū Wāhine are working together to develop wāhine leadership programmes for kōtiro, kōhine, wāhine and kuia.
Empowering rangatahi and kōhine wāhine
Napier rangatahi were given space to dream and hold on to their ‘Māori heart’ through workshops and wānanga focused on empowerment and learnings of tikanga and cultural identity.
Chile and Aotearoa strengthening reo revitalisation together
Shared experience between Chile and Aotearoa for revitalising indigenous languages will benefit both countries.
Join Te Wiki o te Reo Māori movement
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori started on 14 September 1972, in recognition of the 30,000-signature strong petition to parliament for te reo Māori to be taught in schools.
It's International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
To all indigenous peoples of the world, kia pai to rā! International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated and acknowledged every year on 9 August.
An update about support for businesses affected by North Island weather events
The Treasury and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment via Kānoa, their regional economic development and investment unit, have opened applications for lending support packages for businesses affected by North Island weather events.
First wāhine Māori appointed Chief Judge Māori Land Court
Deputy Chief Judge Caren Fox has been announced the new Chief Judge of the Māori Land Court - an immense achievement of notable significance.
Recognising Matariki Stars of Aotearoa
Ngā Tohu Matariki o te Tau provides the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate those who have made considerable contributions to Aotearoa across a range of diverse backgrounds and sectors, locally, nationally and globally.
We acknowledge the passing of Dr Ihakara Porutu Puketapu
We pay tribute to Dr Ihakara (Kara) Porutu Puketapu who was a precious treasure, a guardian, and an influential leader in Māoridom.
Te Puni Kōkiri helps fund partnership for Te Reo assistive technology
Te Puni Kōkiri is supporting the Tua o te Pae team from Wahanga Tū Kōrero / TalkLink Trust and Te Hiku Media to explore the development of the first ever synthetic te reo Māori voice that is compatible with communication assistive technology devices.
Sediment and debris management package available for cyclone affected whenua Māori
The government is providing $30 million to support whenua Māori owners with vital clean-up of sediment and debris in Tairāwhiti and the Hawke’s Bay regions affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Call to successors of the Hāwea/Wānaka SILNA land
This year, successors to the Hāwea/Wānaka South Island Landless Natives Act 1906 (SILNA) land will be establishing a representative body that will work with the Crown on issues regarding the land in Wānaka committed to them.
Te Tai Tokerau construction business receives a boost
Justin Roberts (Ngāpuhi) of Te Putahi Projects features in a new video showcasing his success with the Te Puni Kōkiri Progressive Procurement Capability Uplift Programme, through localised support from Te Hiringa Trust in Whangārei.
Whenua engagements continue in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
Māori landowners on the East Coast have the opportunity to engage kanohi ki te kanohi with Te Puni Kōkiri about their whenua.
Strengthening Māori aspirations in radio spectrum
New agreements between Te Puni Kōkiri, Hīkina Whakatutuki and the Interim Māori Spectrum Commission will see Māori participation expanding in spectrum and digital industries.
Māori-Pacific traffic management business turns lives around
iTraffic is a proudly 100% Māori and Pacific owned business based in Auckland that has been taking the traffic management industry by storm.
Christchurch’s wahine Māori-owned design firm
As a wahine Māori creative director and business owner Tania McCoy must be quite rare as it’s estimated just 1% of creative agencies globally have a female owner.
ACC shares progressive procurement tips for agencies
ACC is breaking down the barriers to government procurement, so the process is more accessible for Māori health providers to tender for ACC’s contracts.
The wahine business owner fixing up East Coast roads and school lunches
Powerhouse Kat (Hubba) Kaiwai is used to digging in for her community and quickly mobilising her Ruatōria roading business to fix roads on the cyclone-ravaged East Coast.
Ahuwhenua Trophy – a time to celebrate excellence
Joining the audience of 920 people, a contingent of Te Puni Kōkiri kaimahi were able to celebrate excellence in Māori farming at the Ahuwhenua Trophy awards ceremony held in Tauranga on Friday 9 June.
Young Māori Grower Finalists all wahine
Since the inaugural Ahuwhenua Trophy in 2012, this is only the second time the competition is recognising Young Māori Growers, and the first time all three finalists are wahine.
Three wāhine Māori business owners, three stories of success
Inspiring wāhine Māori business owners are paving the way in their respective fields – from roading in Ruatōria, to creative design solutions in Ōtautahi, to a virtual contact centre run from Taranaki.
2023 Ahuwhenua Trophy field days completed
Finalists have all successfully hosted Ahuwhenua judges, sponsors, guests, iwi, hapū and whānau at their respective field day.
Government’s Budget 23 released today
Today, the Government has released Budget 23 – Support for today, building for tomorrow.
Forestry slash, debris, flood and cyclone support update
Funding and support for the people and regions affected by flooding and the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle continues to be announced.
Sediment and debris package launched to accelerate recovery to Cyclone Gabrielle
The Government has launched a $172 million funding package to support councils and commercial properties in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti, with vital clean-up and processing of sediment and debris as a result of Cyclone Gabrielle.
Celebrate Matariki 2023
Aotearoa is once again gearing up for Matariki! 2023 is the second year we will officially celebrate Māori New Year as a public holiday. This year Matariki falls on 14 July.
Cyclone Gabrielle Māori Communities Response Fund near capacity
Cyclone Gabrielle exposed disproportionate risks to Māori, and severely damaged cultural infrastructures and taonga such as marae and urupā. This in turn challenged the holistic resilience of many Māori communities.
Solar power packs next step in marae emergency preparedness
Rapid response portable solar power packs are on the drawing board to help power-up marae in times of need, and Te Puni Kōkiri is supporting this important resilience building kaupapa.
It’s not too late to complete the census
Census events are happening in all communities.
Māori contact centre startup on mission to help solo Mums
Wairua Pai, the only majority Māori-owned customer contact centre, is a new startup with a goal of giving 100 solo Māori Māmā a job through offering flexibility and home working.
Insights gained from Māori Communities COVID-19 Fund benefits Cyclone Gabrielle response
Insights gained from working with Māori communities in the fight against COVID-19 are now aiding their recovery from Cyclone Gabrielle.
Waka Kōkiri delivers whānau support to Pōrangahau
Many whānau remain displaced and their everyday lives turned upside down with 33 of their whare and the Rongomaraeroa marae damaged by Cyclone Gabrielle back in February.
Taranaki construction company is helping to grow the next generation
Established in 2012 and founded by Hone Tipene, Tuarā Civil Roading Limited and Tuarā Tūmārō Concrete Limited are Taranaki based civil construction companies within the Tuarā Group. They have assisted larger construction companies in meeting their contractual needs for the last ten years.
Māori-owned design and marketing business run by wāhine Māori
Attraction Studio in Ōtautahi has been delivering brand, web, marketing, design and print management services to over 500 companies since 2014.
Ministerial Inquiry into Land Use (MILU) calls for submissions
On 23 February 2023, the Government announced a Ministerial Inquiry into Land Use (MILU) causing woody debris, including forestry slash, and sediment-related damage in Te Tairāwhiti, Tūranganui-a-Kiwa and Te Wairoa regions.
Cyclone Gabrielle: ‘Powering-up’ the community response in Te Taitokerau
For our whānau in Te Taitokerau, extreme weather events such as flooding and drought are not uncommon.
Funding and support for communities affected by flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle
We’re pleased to share some of the government information, funding and support available to those affected by recent flooding and Cyclone Gabrielle.
Increasing Māori representation in government procurement
Tupono Pahi, 21 of Ngāti Rereahu, is one of only 30 people who identify as Māori working in government procurement buying goods and services for his agency.
$15m investment helps hapori Māori recover from Cyclone Gabrielle
The Government announced the establishment of a short-term funding package of $15 million to accelerate the Māori-led response to Cyclone Gabrielle.
He Riri Awatea: Filming the New Zealand Wars
The New Zealand Wars Ngā Pakanga o Aotearoa were major events in our history, and their impact continues today.
Te Puni Kōkiri intern Tane Gilbert to use education to benefit iwi
Tane Gilbert aspires to provide affordable financial assistance to Māori and Pasifika.
Hōmai Haumaru helping rangatahi express themselves through art
Late last year a group of rangatahi artists and their friends and whānau came together for the opening of the Hōmai Haumaru exhibition in Ōtaki. The kaupapa is focused on giving rangatahi space to express their thoughts and feelings on mental health issues and suicide through creating art.
North Island Flooding
Many whānau Māori have been adversely impacted by the recent extreme weather events. A state of emergency has been declared for Auckland, with other regions also affected.
Rātana rangatahi - our 'āpōpō'
This year’s Rātana celebrations mark the 150th birthday of Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana. After a couple of years of COVID-19 restrictions, this year sees a welcome return to the full-scale event.