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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

Expressions of interest are now open for grassroots Māori collectives, organisations and projects to participate in one of three mentoring rounds in 2024. Te Ako Rau will support collectives 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 collectives, 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. Participants will receive mentoring on:

  • funding and sustainability
  • clarity of vision
  • kia Māori te titiro – tūpuna approaches to RSI-related mahi
  • mobilising support for your kaupapa
  • robust governance
  • and technological advancements that may impact or accelerate your mahi.  

Who can attend?

These wānanga are aimed at early-stage grassroots Māori collectives. Those with similar attributes will be selected for each round. You only need to apply once for any of the three rounds.

We recommend you enrol at least two and up to five people from your collective. Individuals may still apply.

What is the cost?

There is no cost to participate. Your investment is your time.

Is study time needed between wānanga?

The six wānanga will be the primary delivery of the mentoring. There may be a short reading or video, or pātai for your rōpū to consider before each wānanga. Te Ako Rau is designed to be pragmatic and relevant to your immediate needs. 

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. 

Expressions of interest for Round 1 must be received no later than 5:00 pm on 8 January 2024. You will be contacted by 10 January if you have a placement in the first round.

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). Open to all. Come and be inspired. 

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

Talk schedule

  • Thursday 29 February 2024, 12:00–1:00 p.m – Kirikowhai Mikaere (Te Arawa)

Register for upcoming talks here.

Other 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 talks here.

Do I need to register?

Yes, registration is required. 

Click here to access the registration form.