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Mātauranga Māori Marae Ora

Administered by Manatū Taonga

This fund aims to support marae communities to retain, protect, or transmit their mātauranga and care for their taonga.

This fund is open for applications now.

Mātauranga Māori Marae Ora is a new contestable fund that offers $5.7 million over two years to support marae communities directly with projects that protect and revitalise mātauranga and taonga on marae.

The purpose of the fund is to support marae communities to retain, protect, or transmit their mātauranga and care for their taonga.

It is one of 18 initiatives that sit under the $20 million Mātauranga Māori Te Awe Kōtuku Programme which is part of the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme being led by Manatū Taonga.

For information about the Mātauranga Māori Marae Ora fund visit the Community Matters website. The Mātauranga Māori Marae Ora Fund is a partnership between the Department of Internal Affairs, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.


Funding is open to individual marae including urban marae, and entities (such as iwi, or Post Settlement Governance Entities) applying for funding on behalf of a collective of marae.

Examples of the types of activities that can be funded include:  

  • Commissioning mātauranga Māori conservation plans to assess the condition of wharenui.
  • Establishing or restoring harvest areas for cultural material, pā harakeke, toetoe, tōtara for future repair and maintenance of taonga on marae and retention on mātauranga practice.
  • Developing sustainable ways to store mātauranga on marae, such as establishing small whare taonga, archives, digital or audio recordings, or publications. 
  • Preservation of taonga held permanently on the marae such as waka tīwai, korowai, hīnaki, pounamu, photographs, memorial boards and Māori Land Court records.
  • Enabling marae communities to engage mātauranga Māori practitioners to design, develop and establish training programmes for whānau, hapū and iwi to learn and implement mātauranga Māori initiatives as part of the marae restoration programme.  


  • Non-specific


  • Leasing
  • Asset Management
  • Cultural
  • Mātauranga Māori

Support Types

  • Grants
  • Partnerships
  • Advice / Support