January 25, 2022
Wellbeing sought in reo Māori projects
Māori language advocacy body Te Mātāwai has scrapped its regional approach and issued a nationwide call for funding applications.
Chief executive Poia Rewi says it will make the application process easier and less confusing.
The seven iwi clusters and the eight bodies representing education, broadcasting and urban Māori interests will continue to have input through setting policies and assessing applications.
He says as well as funding Māori language domains and movements and inter-generational transmission, the board is looking for projects which enhance Māori identity and whānau well being.
“Being holistic, normally with Māori well being and Māori language revitalisation sort of go hand and hand. We’ve seen in the past they contribute to each other and they’re sort of interdependent on each other,” Dr Rewi says.
Applications are open until the end of January with successful projects beginning on July 1.