Business meetings and $4 million to strengthen Māori science and innovation roll out

On: 6 November 2018

On the eve of calling for registrations to attend a series of regional Māori business meetings in Tauranga, Gisborne, Hastings and Nelson, applications are also invited for funding in the 2019 round of Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund.

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund invests in people and organisations undertaking or planning research. The fund aims to strengthen capability, capacity, skills and networks between Māori and the science and innovation system, and increase understanding of how research can contribute to the aspirations of Māori organisations to deliver benefit for New Zealand.

Through Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātuaranga Capability Fund, funding is available through the Connect Scheme and Placement Scheme.

Projects of previous recipients include the development of a business model for a commercial supply chain of traditional Māori crops, a strategic research agenda for sustainability on Rekohu / the Chatham Islands, and medicinal food blends in Tuhoe.

Alongside the Vision Matauranga Fund, funding opportunities from other government agencies including Te Puni Kokiri and Ministry of Primary Industries will form part of a series of regional meetings.

Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment’s Māori Economic Development Executive Director, Hinemaua Rikirangi, says the opportunity to present government information to Māori communities is about the importance of providing access to resources and information to enable development and realise aspirations.

“The success of any sized venture is its ability to deliver efficiently, and we know from experience, building capacity and capability amongst Māori is critical to long term sustainability,” said Rikirangi.

Additional Information

There are 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).

Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātuaranga Capability Fund, funding is available through two schemes:

Regional Māori Business venues

Huria Marae,1 Te Kaponga Street
Wednesday, 7 Nov 2018, 9am - 3pm

Waikanae Lifesaving Club, 280E Grey Street
Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018, 9am - 3pm

Hastings Baptist Church, 300 Karamu Rd Sth
Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018, 9am - 3pm

Saxton Oval Pavilion,
142 Saxton Road East, Stoke
Saturday, 17 Nov 2018, 9am - 3pm

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