Kia piri, kia tata mai
Welcome to He Kete Mātauranga

He Kete Mātauranga is a space for supporting businesses and communities to realise their aspirations and build climate resilience through Māori knowledge systems and frameworks. Nau mai!

Te kauawhi i ngā pūnaha o te mātauranga Māori 
Embracing Māori knowledge systems

Through the eyes of mātanga Māori, thought leaders and business, we explore what mātauranga Māori means to different communities, and how we can shift our understanding of the part we all play in climate response.  

Mātauranga Māori knowledge systems take many forms, guided by time, locality, observation, practise, wisdom and tikanga. From pūrākau passed down through generations to modern technology, the effects of our changing climate require both old and new indigenous-led solutions. 

Nā tāu rourou, nā tāku rourou, ka ora te iwi. With your basket, and my basket, the people will flourish. 

Dan Hikuroa

“Māori knowledge systems are based on long established principles and value systems, which prioritise balance and harmony, and thinking inter-generationally.” 

E te iwi Māori!

Register for He Kete Mātauranga Hui

Climate Connect Aotearoa are hosting a free one-day hui on mātauranga Māori and climate innovation for Māori businesses, innovators, academia and communities. 

Join us for the ultimate wānanga on all things taiao with Rereata Makiha, Hana Tapiata, Dan Hikuroa, Dan Te Whenua Walker, Pauline Harris, Te Huia Taylor and more! 

Wednesday 5 June 2024, 9:30am–4:00pm
Te Mahurehure Cultural Marae, Tāmaki Makaurau 

Register here

Aerial shot of native bush

‘Ehara ahau i te kaitiaki nō te mea i whānau ahau he Māori. He kaitiaki tātou katoa.’  
‘I’m not a kaitiaki just because I was born Māori. We’re all kaitiaki.’ 

How the food sovereignty movement and mātauranga Māori are bringing communities back to sustainable kai systems that honour the past and provide solutions for the future. 

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‘He pai te ao hangarau mō te ao Māori, he pai te ao Māori mō te ao hangarau’  
‘Tech is good for Māori, and Māori is good for tech’ 

Microsoft’s Dan Te Whenua Walker talks to our Senior Māori Advisor Cornell Tukiri about the potential for technology and AI to assist in resource and whenua management – and how to ensure careers in tech are accessible to Māori. 

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Key concepts glossary

Mātauranga Māori

Body of Māori knowledge, Māori knowledge system. Originating from Māori ancestors. 


Life force, life principle.


Māori deity, Māori supernatural being, ancestor. 

Kōrero tuku iho

Oral tradition. 


Community, society.




Interwoven connections of Māori, to recite in proper order. Genealogy.

Te ao Māori

The Māori world.


Protocol, correct way of doing things. Customary values, systems and practices.

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