Proud to be backing mātauranga Māori scientific research

Māori Development Research, Science and Innovation
  • Indigenous innovation – contributing to economic growth through distinctive science and innovation
  • Taiao – achieving environmental sustainability through iwi and hapū relationships with land and sea
  • Hauora/Oranga – improving health and social wellbeing
  • Mātauranga – exploring indigenous knowledge and science and innovation.

Sixteen projects including a horticultural and food enterprise, a study into intergenerational iwi knowledge, and ways of bringing traditional and modern engineering streams together will receive funding through the latest round of the Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, RSI Minister Megan Woods and Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson announced today.

“This Fund is all about supporting the many opportunities that come from strengthening mātauranga Māori and the science and innovation system in a way that embraces both bodies of knowledge as complementary,” says Megan Woods.

“In this tenth round of investment I’m excited to see how these 16 projects will inspire new understanding for both iwi and research organisations, so we can find new solutions for the benefit of all of Aotearoa New Zealand, whilst potentially also coming up with new pathways for commercial opportunities.

“For example Rangitāne o Manawatū will work with Massey University and Plant and Food to look at what needs to happen to develop the karaka nut as a potential commercial enterprise. We know the kernel is a gluten-free source of carbohydrate and protein and has the potential to be a useful food source, however, its toxins need to be eliminated, and that’s where mātauranga Māori comes in,” Megan Woods said.

“Our ability to create a better future is strengthened through every one of these projects and I want to personally congratulate them for their hard mahi” says Willie Jackson.

“Mātauranga spans Māori knowledge, culture, values and worldview. Protecting and developing mātauranga Māori is a key factor in preserving our country’s uniqueness. I am proud to see Māori knowledge and research continue to grow,” Willie Jackson said.

“This investment demonstrates the Government’s continued support for science and innovation as we continue our economic rebuild from Covid-19,” Megan Woods said.

Other project highlights:

  • Me tupu i a wīwī, me tupu i a wāwā: An intergenerational study vital to the life cycle of  Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei – Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei will partner with Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed futures, to build research capacity using data analysis and research governance.
  • Tāmatahia te Maginga Tio o Kahukuraariki: Restoring tribal rock oyster aquaculture within Te Tai Tokerau – The Kahukaariki Trust Board will partner with the University of Auckland and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited to develop and re-establish native rock oysters in Te Tai Tokerau
  • Pathways from taiaha to trendsetting: Partnering mātauranga Māori with engineering knowledge – The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute will partner with the University of Auckland to bring together traditional knowledge and modern engineering.


Editor’s notes

Established in 2010, the Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund invests around $4 million each investment round into projects across two schemes: the Connect Scheme, which builds new connections between Māori organisations and the science and innovation system; and the Placement Scheme, which enhances the development of an individual(s) through placement in a Partner organisation.

MBIE makes final funding decisions based on recommendations of an independent Assessment Panel.

The 2022 round is the tenth investment round of the fund.

2022 proposals approved for funding:
Organisation Project title Partner organisation(s) Funding (GST excl.) Scheme
Eastern Institute of Technology Te Ao Ka Hira o Ngāti Kere: A community driven knowledge management system for preservation, presentation, and custodianship of hapū-specific mātauranga Māori Ngāti Kere Hapū Authority $249,312.00 Connect
Kahukuraariki Trust Board Tāmatahia te Mahinga Tio a Kahukuraariki: Restoring tribal rock oyster aquaculture within Te Tai Tokerau University of Auckland, School of Biological Sciences, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited $250,000.00 Connect
Makaurau Marae Māori Trust Parahau Te Roopu Whariki, Massey University $250,000.00 Placement
Massey University He paku ā uta he paku ā rō wai Whakaki Lake Trust $227,580.00 Connect
Massey University Kei hea tō karaka - a horticultural and food enterprise for Rangitāne o Manawatū. Rangitāne o Manawatū, The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited $249,930.00 Connect
Massey University Māmā pūpū, māmā kina: restoring environmental and social wellbeing through the active restoration of marine taonga Te Rūnanga o Te Whānau $158,704.00 Connect
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited Te Hihiringa: Te Wānanga o te Tohorā Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board Inc. (PTITB), Far Out Ocean Research Collective Charitable Trust $249,000.00 Connect
Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Maia Limited Me tupu i a wīwī, me tupu i a wāwā - An intergenerational study vital to the life cycle of Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures $250,000.00 Placement
Te Poito Lands Charitable Trust Mā te ahūrea whakahāerenga i te Mātaitai Ka whakaora ai i te kaimoana, te whakareitanga ake ai i te mana o te tangata. Enhancing Mana Through Restoration of Kaimoana by Cultural Management of Mataitai Waikato University $250,000.00 Connect
Te Toi Ōhanga: New Zealand Institute of Māori Economic Development and Innovation Ltd Ahikāroa Heretaunga Te Manaaki Taiao, Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga $250,000.00 Placement
University of Auckland Designing next generation health technology through a Māori lens Kiwa Digital Ltd, Iwi United Engaged Ltd $250,000.00 Connect
University of Auckland Pathways from taiaha to trendsetting: partnering mātauranga Māori with engineering knowledge New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute $250,000.00 Connect
University of Auckland Kohunga Kākāriki Kutai - Nurturing Seeds for Growth Muriwhenua Developments Charitable Trust $250,000.00 Connect
University of Auckland Te Ara Auaha o Muriwhenua Ngāti Turi: The Journey of Muriwhenua Māori Deaf Innovation Muriwhenua $250,000.00 Connect
Wakatu Incorporation Te Tauihu Māori Pharmacopoeia CE Research Associates, Robert Pa McGowan $250,000.00 Placement
Wharekawa Marae Reservation Trust Wharekawa Marae Vision Mātauranga Research Capability Building Project Ecoquest Education Foundation - Ecological Monitoring and Research, Dr Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal $250,000.00 Connect

A full list of successful recipients from previous funding rounds is available on MBIE’s website.