Pūtea Tautoko Mātauranga Māori nā Tātai Aho Rau 2019

2019 CORE Education Māori Grants


Ngā hononga ki a Papatūānuku
‘Exploring connections to Papatūānuku’

Unuhia te pō, te pō whiri mārama
Tomokia te ao, te ao whatu tāngata
Tātai ki runga, tātai ki raro, tātai aho rau
Haumi e, hui e, Tāiki e!


The theme for the 2019 Māori Education Grant is, Ngā Hononga ki a Papatūānuku - Exploring Connections to Papatūānuku. According to tradition, Papatūānuku is the Earth Mother, and Ranginui is the Sky Father, and from their separation, all things were created.

As changes to the environment continue to evolve, this grant encourages tamariki, whānau, hapū and iwi to proactively investigate ‘ngā hononga (connections) ki a Papatūānuku’, and to explore potential opportunities that will develop and expand the learning and thinking of whānau, hapū and iwi, around the kaitiakitanga (guardianship and stewardship) of Papatūānuku.

The successful applicants inspire those around them, through their innovation and compassion for Papatūānuku. Their vision and creativity will nurture potential kaitiaki in generations to come.

Eligibility of applicants

Applicants for these grants may be either:

  • Māori students/individuals applying for financial support, to assist them to participate in an educational activity or innovation, that enhances their educational success.
  • Whānau, hapū, iwi, individuals, organisations and communities that provide nurturing through kaitiakitanga initiatives or programmes, of our whenua, awa and moana.
  • Kura, schools, organisations or committees that hold events, which provide opportunities for Māori students to celebrate and showcase their cultural capabilities and distinctiveness.
  • Educators who wish to provide special initiatives that enhance learning opportunities for Māori students, whānau, hapū and iwi.
  • Māori educators or students who wish to attend an event, course or conference that enhances or expands their:
    • Mātauranga Māori understanding, knowledge or practice;
    • Pedagogical understanding of future focused learning.

Successful recipients

Recipients of CORE Education Māori Grants will acknowledge some or all aspects of Tātai Aho Rau.


  1. Demonstrate a commitment to the education of Māori students in Early Childhood, Primary or Secondary education;
  2. Show a commitment to learning, their school, and community;
  3. Commit to sharing their new learning with colleagues/peers/the community.


  1. Be working in a school/centre/organisation that promotes and actively encourages the use of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga;
  2. Is a bilingual/immersion setting committed to the revitalisation and/or intergenerational transmission of te reo Māori.


  1. Be actively engaged in and seek opportunities to gain new learning that will support Māori students to access and contribute to te ao Māori and te ao whānui.


  1. Seeking opportunities to be involved in new innovations and sharing of ideas that enhance, and add value to te ao Māori.

Requirements of successful applicants

  • Complete an update to the Māori Grants Committee every school term;
  • Submit either a blog and/or vlog showcasing how the grant has contributed to the given kaupapa;
  • Attend/ Present at uAko19 (uLearn19), if appropriate;
  • Provide an update on the impact this grant has made on the project, tamariki, kura/school, community - success factors.

(To be discussed further with the successful applicants).