Te Puni Kōkiri works for Māori to be secure, confident and expert in their own language and culture.
Culture encompasses a wide range of things, from traditional and contemporary arts to cultural practices such as the gathering of kai moana. People’s affiliations to iwi, hapū, whānau and marae are important threads in the fabric of Māori culture.
Te reo Māori remains a crucial cultural asset for Māori and is protected under the Treaty of Waitangi. Te Puni Kōkiri has a lead role in the government’s efforts to support the revitalisation of the Māori language.
We support Māori to protect, sustain and grow their reo, taonga, mātauranga and tikanga. We want more people speaking Māori and for whānau, hapū and iwi to identify and pursue their cultural development priorities.
Events and Updates
Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.
Māori Wardens, Kōhanga Reo and NZ Police solidify relationship at 35th Annual Kōhanga Reo Conference
The 35th Annual Kōhanga Reo National Conference and Expo held in November 2017 was an opportunity for Māori Wardens, NZ Police and Kōhanga Reo to show case their services to conference attendees as well as solidifying their long-standing relationship with each other.
Online forum: national arrangements on Traditional Knowledge
The secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) is inviting people to participate in an online forum on national arrangements for the protection and promotion of Traditional Knowledge.
- Open to the public, no booking required
- Organiser: Te Puni Kōkiri
Groundbreaking research on Māori urbanisation
A leading Māori health specialist Sir Mason Durie is praising what he is calling groundbreaking research into the impacts of urbanisation on Māori.
Rangatahi taking on big business
Māori secondary school students have shown off their flair for entrepreneurship in a series of successful workshops that have recently wrapped up.
Public sector brings it to the stage at Te Kōnohete 2017
Wellington’s Pipitea Marae was abuzz with Te Kōnohete in November, a kapa haka event where several government agencies take to the stage to celebrate Māoritanga.