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E19 7 June 2019 Salient Maori News

Last week the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment announced the successful recipients for the Te Pūnaha Hihiko – Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund. Thirty-one projects will receive funding, as outlined below.

Organisation name Title Other organisations involved Funding

(excl GST)

AgResearch Ltd Understanding the Attributes of Mamaku: Adding Science to Mātauranga Rongoā


Ora Innovation Group Ltd $100,000
Homegrown feed alternatives aligned with socio-cultural values and economic objectives Te Manawa o Tuhoe Trust $100,000
Arahura Holding Limited He Tangata, He Tangata, He Tangata – Leveraging social cohesion theory, approaches and models to enhance hapu economic development and prosperity Te Rūnanga o Onuku (Onuku Rūnanga Incorporated) $180,000
Auckland Museum Trust Board Tira me te Wa – Flora and Fauna Ngāti Kuri Trust $99,200
Digital Sensing Ltd River Sensors Environment River Patrol – Aotearoa $100,000
GNS Science Te Ahi Tipua ki Tahorakuri A1 Section 30: establishing an economic development plan for hapū in degraded geothermal environments Tahorakuri A1 Section 30 Trust $100,000
Tātaihia te Parataiao o Te Wahapū: Hokianga Harbour sedimentation Te Rarawa Anga Mua $100,000
Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd Baseline surveys to support kaitiakitanga of Russell State Forest, a diverse ngahere in Northland Te Roopu for Russell State Forest $100,000
Lincoln University Revitalising whenua whanau connections through productive landscape design Okarea Land Trust $180,000
Massey University


Building Capability to Secure Indigenous Flora Taonga: design, evolution and implementation of a partnership model of Seed Banking Tanenuiarangi Manawatu Incorporated for Rangitane o Manawatu, Muaūpoko Tribal Authority $180,000
Building biosecurity capability to protect a taonga – growing iwi skills as part of the fight against kauri dieback. Ngā Maunga Whakahii o Kaipara Development Trust $100,000
Understanding Rēwena Tuatahi  – a traditional Māori product Koa Holdings Ltd $100,000
Manaaki Te Awanui Kei Hea nga Papaka NIWA $100,000
Mātangireia Waka Trust Te Ahu o Rehua: A Network for Cross Cultural Ocean Knowledge University of Waikato $100,000
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd Nga Tai ki Uta – Seas to the Mountains Manaaki Te Awanui $180,000
Ngā Motu Tapu o Wharekauri – Contaminants in Kai in the Chatham Islands Te Aitanga o Ngā Uri o Wharekauri $100,000
Te Hokai Waikare Ora Ngāti Ruapani ki Waikaremoana $180,000
Ngati Rahiri Hapū o Te Atiawa (Taranaki) Incorporated Society The Hangi CRL Energy $100,000
Owhaoko A East & A1B Trust Awheto: understanding the power of an ancient taonga and learning how to grow it Individual Researchers: Iona Weir, Ian Hall, Noel Porter $100,000
Patuharakeke Te Iwi Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi NIWA $180,000
SCION Kāuta: E hononga mo nga tangata manaaki tangata (Traditional hearths: Bringing people together) The Tau Iho I Te Po Trust $100,000
Tahuri Whenua Incorporated Society E moe tonu ana te tohetaka, kaore ano i kohera School of Agriculture and Environment at Massey University $100,000
Te Arawa Ki Tai Charitable Trust Restoring Ongatoro Mauri – integrating Mātauranga and Science to monitor Health of Ongatoro, Maketu Estuary and Kaituna River re-diversion impacts to empower Ahi Kaa, the inter-generational traditional users, in Kaitiakitanga to sustain their Mahinga Kai University of Waikato Coastal Marine Group $100,000
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu Limited Coastal Waka Development QPR Ltd $100,000
Ōnuku Rūnanga Incorporated Te kai nui mai i Akaroa Lincoln University $100,000
The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Limited Mātai koiora aronga whanokē (unprecedented biological innovation): Increasing bi-cultural research capability for the development of high value bioactive products derived from taonga species Nga Uri o te Ngahere Trust $180,000
Tu Tama Wahine O Taranaki Incorporated He Punaha Hohourongo Tu Tama Wahine O Taranaki Incorporated $180,000
University of Waikato Toitū te noho: Creating healthy relationships with our environment for future generations Ngāti Tamaterā Treaty Trust $180,000
University of Otago Connecting the People: Facilitating the Communication of Te Tiaki Mahinga Kai Research, Mātauranga, and Cultural Knowledge within Communities Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu $180,000
Modelling harvest in customary protected areas Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu $180,000
Wakatu Incorporation An Innovation Pathway for New High-Value Industries in the Nutrition and Wellness Food and Beverage Sector Edible Research Ltd $180,000


Edition 38, Salient Māori News Items to 2 November 2018

  • Stacey Morrison (Ngāi Tahu, Te Arawa) has been appointed to the Ministerial Advisory Group on Public Media.
  • Martin Enright (Ngāti Pākehā) has been awarded a 2019 Winston Churchill Fellowship. Mr Enright will study targeted procurement policies in organisations in Canada and the United States of America to inform and support Māori economic empowerment in Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa.
  • On Monday Te Whakatōhea Mussels celebrated the expansion of their mussel farm operations by holding a launch for their newest vessel, named Kukutai. The new vessel will help grow Te Whakatōhea Mussels’ existing annual harvest from 1,500 tonnes to up to 6,000 tonnes. The company is also awaiting consent to build an Opōtiki based processing factory. When the factory opens it will create employment opportunities for residents.
  • The Kawerau Putauaki Trust Industrial Development will receive $2 million from the Provincial Growth Fund to develop roading and other infrastructure required to support the regions’ primary industries.
  • This week the Overseas Investment Office approved Chinese company Guangxi Fenglin Wood Industry Group’s application to lease 33 hectares of land and build a wood particle board factory in Kawerau. The land is owned by Putauaki Trust. The factory will create employment for up to 100.
  • Ohia Bentham (Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāti Ranginui, Te Āti Awa, Ngāti Rārua) has been appointed the Māori Party Vice President (tāne).
  • Ngāi Tahu Property will enter a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Queenstown Lakes District Council to explore development options in the Queenstown CBD.
  • This week the Ministry of Education published an Early Childhood Education Attendance report for 2017. The report showed that overall, 65.5% of children aged 0 to 4 years in New Zealand attended an early childhood education service. For tamariki Māori, 17% attended a Kōhanga reo, 58% attended a teacher lead education and care service, 15% attended kindergarten and 7% attended home-based services.


  • This week applications for the 2019 Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund opened. Up to $4 million in funding is available for people and organisations undertaking or planning research which supports the four themes of the Vision Mātauranga Policy:
    • indigenous innovation;
    • taiao (achieving environmental sustainability);
    • hauora/oranga (improving health and social wellbeing); and
    • mātauranga (exploring indigenous knowledge).

Applications close 12 noon, 19 February 2019.


  • This week Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) – New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence announced nine research projects of investment: