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.

  • Rangatahi plays new virtual reality game Puni Reo Pāhekoheko - ASB Polyfest 2019.

    Virtual reality game developed to activate te reo Māori in sports

    • Date: 14 March 2019

    Puni Reo Pāhekoheko is a Māori language virtual reality game aimed at encouraging the use of te reo Māori in sports.

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  • Crown launches commitment to te reo Māori

    • Date: 21 February 2019

    Minister Mahuta attended Te Matatini with the Prime Minister today to launch the finalised Maihi Karauna strategy. This strategy is the Crown's commitment to revitalising te reo Māori. It will work with the Maihi Māori to help make te reo Māori accessible everywhere, every way, for everyone, everyday. 

     

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  • Aroha (Ari) Boyd - Kaikōura Māori Warden.

    Earthquake response leads to ongoing relationship with New Zealand Red Cross in Kaikōura

    • Date: 15 August 2018

    The relationship was a natural fit since the organisations have similar kaupapa - to provide support to the Kaikōura community.

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  • Maihi Karauna sets Crown direction for language revitalisation

    • Date: 02 August 2018

    All New Zealanders are invited to give feedback on the Maihi Karauna - the Crown's draft strategy for Māori language revitalisation 2018 – 2023.

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  • Rangatahi with Raniera Rewiri at Au.E! Conference Hawkes Bay 2018 (Photo by Josie McClutchie)

    Hawkes Bay rangatahi gather for rangatahi suicide prevention

    • Date: 20 June 2018

    Nearly 150 rangatahi from schools around the Hawkes Bay region attended the third Au.E! rangatahi suicide prevention conference at Pettigrew Green Arena in Napier in June.

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