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Tapuwae Roa in the media

University of Oxford tour entices Māori graduate students to international study

October 12, 2022|

[London, England] – 13 Māori graduate student candidates from across Aotearoa are visiting the UK this week (Oct 8-16) as part of a new initiative to open up opportunities with the University of Oxford. Hosted by The Atlantic Institute and The Rhodes Trust, Te Hononga Māori Graduate Study Tour has an inaugural cohort of over 30 attendees, including both graduate student candidates and leaders from the Māori community. Visiting candidates will meet with Oxford University academics and leaders, network with recent Māori graduates, and tour various schools within the university in a visit designed to encourage more Māori students to consider international study at leading universities.

Te Arawa to help Rarotonga tackle starfish outbreak harming reefs

October 7, 2022|

A project that could see Te Arawa helping Rarotonga with a starfish outbreak jeopardising its coral reef, has just been given a financial boost by Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust. Rarotonga-based Kōrero o te ‘Ōrau has been tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish, or taramea outbreak, with scuba divers removing the invasive species from the reef by hand. Te Arawa Taiohi Toa Trust now hopes to train its own divers to assist Rarotonga and control other invasive species in Te Arawa lakes

Discovering and harnessing the diverse potential of Māori innovation

October 5, 2022|

From reindigenising maps of Aotearoa to showcasing and teaching traditional kaimoana gathering practices, Māori with big ideas are turning them into reality with help from Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust. In 2004, Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust was established through the Māori Fisheries Act to promote Māori education, training, and research through a managed fund of $20 million. Each year, the trust provides an annual philanthropic funding round for initiatives that support Māori to pursue excellence within the fields of education, science, leadership and innovation

Bringing tikanga to the board table: an indigenous approach to governance

June 13, 2022|

Māori women’s and land rights activist Eva Rickard once said: “Somewhere in my past is my destiny”. Now, as tikanga Māori guides us towards a strong, uniquely “New Zealand” future, this decades-old whakatauāki still rings true. With the Māori economy moving from strength to strength, tikanga and mātauranga Māori are beginning to find their way into boardrooms that historically have not held space for them and more organisations are now realising the benefits of a tikanga Māori approach to governance

Symposium looks at tikanga-led governance

May 25, 2022|

A trust set up as part of the Māori Fisheries Settlement to promote education, training and research wants to bring on a new generation of tikanga-led and future-focused leaders. Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust executive director Te Puoho Katene says it has found a growing need to improve the skills of those sitting around the board tables of iwi and Māori organisations. That’s why it’s organising the first National Māori in Governance Summit, which will be held online on June 16

Increase Māori representation in tech industry or risk growing inequity

October 22, 2021|

OPINION: With an estimated 10,000 open jobs in the tech sector, Aotearoa is at real risk of being unable to deliver its digital ambitions. In August, NZ Tech published a report on the skills crisis the sector faces, which shows the combined impact of huge industry growth and Covid-related border closures. In the last few years the sector has focused on filling mid-senior tech positions by reaching into the global pool of talented individuals and selling them on the Kiwi lifestyle. As the leader of PwC’s digital transformation practice, I’ll be the first to admit guilt here

New grants inject vital funds into rangatahi-led STEMM projects

October 19, 2021|

As part of Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust’s annual grant funding round, a total of $65,000 has been awarded in recent weeks in support of kaupapa Māori projects and research across the community and ocean sectors. This year’s funding round introduced the inaugural Pou Herenga Tangata Award and the Tonganui Scholarship, with funds designed to support rangatahi that aspire to community leadership, and mātauranga Māori in the marine environment. A total of 37 applications were received and included projects ranging from Te Taitokerau to Moeraki. Successful Pou Herenga Tangata recipients included 20-year-old Kaea Tibble (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Pikiahau-Waewae) who plans to use the funding to decolonise and re-indigenous the map of his whanau’s whenua in a bid to reinstate tūpuna names of local landmarks using GIS (Geographic Information System [...]

Digital divide hurting new cohort of kids

September 8, 2021|

School and iwi trust leaders are having to intervene – paying for devices and internet for families – to prevent a new wave of children falling behind this lockdown. Last year, the Ministry of Education provided more than 36,000 devices for some high school students in lockdown and has sent out an additional 5,500 devices, approximately, this time. Wharekura, decile 1 to 3 schools and Auckland students have been prioritised, but the tech hasn’t made it to everyone. So far, Ōtara mum Fili Laasaga is having to watch her 14-year-old daughter try and make do with a cell phone

Pandemic shows need to tino rangatiratanga

April 13, 2021|

The executive director of Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust says the response to the pandemic shows why Māori need to drive their own economic and social development. The trust, which is funded from the Maori fisheries settlement to promote Māori education, training and research, has commissioned two independent research reports on how COVID-19 has impacted Māori from education and economic perspectives. Te Pūoho Katene says they identify how long-standing inequality affects the ability of Māori to withstand such shock.

Te Pūoho Kātene Appointed Kaihautū Of Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust

October 28, 2020|

The Directors of Te Pūtea Whakatupu Trust are proud to announce the appointment of Te Puoho Katene (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Whātua) as Kaihautū (Executive Director) of the Trust. Te Puoho comes to the Trust with a comprehensive background in science, commercial and investment strategy, governance, relationship management across iwi and government, impact investment and social enterprise