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Matika – Moving the Māori Nation

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

Moving the Māori Nation is a contestable fund to promote Whānau Ora through whakapakari tinana and is aimed at improving the wellbeing of whānau Māori

Minister for Māori Development, Hon Te Ururoa Flavell, launched the Moving the Māori Nation contestable fund on Monday 4 July 2016. Read media release here.

More Information

The Moving the Māori Nation contestable fund is for initiatives that support individuals, whānau and community organisations delivering healthy lifestyles at a ‘grassroots level’; and for successful community healthy lifestyle programmes that can be replicated in other communities and regions across the motu to benefit whānau.

There are two pools of funding up to $10,000 for small or local initiatives; and over $10,000 for projects that have a broad community or national reach.

There is no closing date meaning applications can be received throughout the year.

Application Form

The Application Guidelines and Form are here.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

View Frequently Asked Questions here

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 the Matika – Moving the Māori Nation contestable fund.

KOHAFIT - Change for Change

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


He who stands, lives

The new Chair of Matika: Moving the Māori Nation chats to us about his new role before he left for the Rio 2016 Olympics.


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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