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In December 2023, Kanapu launched Uematarau to support grassroots Māori collectives in the early stages of developing their mātauranga Māori-based kaupapa in pūtaiao (science), rangahau (research) or auaha (innovation).  Participating in Uematarau will assist these collectives to develop robust processes and systems to achieve their communities’ aspirations.

Listen to Kakahurimu Paekau, Pou Whakahaere Kanapu, explain the tikanga behind the name Uematarau.

In 2024, Uematarau is offering:

  • Te Ako RauMentoring programme:  a six-week online mentoring programme for grassroots Māori collectives to shape or consolidate their pūtaio, rangahau or auaha initiatives. Three rounds of the programme will be offered from early 2024. Te Ako Rau is an opportunity for whānau Māori to come together in a safe space to learn, level up and connect with mātanga in their area of interest.
  • Tūhono Rau Tangata – Mātanga talks: eight online kōrero that highlight the inspired leadership journeys of mātanga (specialists) in pūtaiao, rangahau and auaha-related mahi, on national fronts and at home. Be inspired!
  • Te Papa Ako – Case studies (from March 2024): Kanapu will provide further mentoring to a select number of Te Ako Rau participant groups and in the process showcase their journey, whilst developing resources that may assist other collectives.

Uematarau is brought to you by Kanapu and Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga, supported by AATEA Solutions, and resourced by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Te Ako Rau

Mentoring programme

Te Ako Rau is now open for applications from flax root collectives, organisations and projects to participate in one of three mentoring rounds in 2024. Te Ako Rau will support rōpū to develop or strengthen their foundations to achieve their visions in pūtaiao (science), rangahau (research) or auaha (innovation) mahi. 

This programme is suitable for a range of kaupapa Māori rōpū, such as a whakapapa-based collective wanting to do research about their hapū, an urban māra kai or taiao restoration collective, a rōpū of rangatahi on a mission to reclaim mātauranga, a budding crew of Māori data scientists and many kaupapa in between.  

Rōpū will attend a 90-minute wānanga each week for six weeks.

How can I apply?

You must complete the expression of interest form if you wish to be considered for any of the three rounds. Participants will be determined by area of interest, the communities served and similar needs. 

Spaces are limited. Please apply as early as possible.

Click here to access the expression of interest form.

Mātanga talks

This is a free online series where you will learn about the personal journeys of mātanga practising mātauranga Māori in pūtaiao (science), rangahau (research) and auaha (innovation). Nau mai, haere mai. Come and be inspired. 

The hour-long sessions will begin with kōrero from our mātanga, followed by ‘ask-me-anything’ style Q&A.

Registration is required. Click here to access the registration form.

Other mātanga talks coming soon – watch this space. If you’d like to sign up for our e-pānui to receive updates about future sessions, email

Watch previous mātanga talks here.

Do I need to register?

Yes, registration is required. 

Click here to access the registration form.