Funding available for Maori in tech

Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced a fresh round of funding to help Maori participate in the modern digital economy. File photo.

A fresh round of funding aimed at building Maori capacity in the digital technology space is underway. 

Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta says it’s about helping Maori participate in the modern digital economy. 

Already, some $3.6 million is helping 20 projects around the country develop under the Ka Hao Maori Digital Technology Fund. The new funding round will expand this, with applications open since February 9. 

Ka Hao aims to create high value jobs and opportunities that advance Maori in digital technologies. Applications must demonstrate how an initiative achieves this aim, and aligns with at least one of the Fund’s priorities: 

  •   •  Improving digital skills and pathways for Maori in digital technologies

  •   •  Growing digital technologies businesses

  •   •  Enhancing new Maori language and culture initiatives through digital technologies. 

“We want more Maori involved with technology and innovation,” says Nanaia. “Ka Hao supports Maori to develop skills that are key to participating in our digital future.” 

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods says technology and innovation are important pillars of New Zealand’s economic, environmental, social and cultural wellbeing.

“For Maori to succeed in the 21st century we must foster and build capability in digital technology and support a diverse, knowledge-intensive economy that will create new jobs in new industries.” 

Ka Hao (previously known as the Maori ICT Development Fund) is a joint programme between Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.  

“By providing direct support through the Ka Hao Fund, Maori will have even greater access and success in the digital technology industry,” says Nanaia. 

Applicants have until March 9 to submit a short proposal. Selected applicants will then be invited to submit a more detailed proposal to determine which projects will receive funding. 

The government is interested in broadening the ambition of the Ka Hao Māori Digital Technology Fund and they say there may be additional focus areas in future funding rounds. 

More information on Ka Hao, the application process, and successful applicants to date, is available at:

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Posted on 11-02-2018 20:55 | By dumbkof2

totally agree with first 4 comments on here

It does seem.....

Posted on 11-02-2018 13:51 | By groutby a very specific group who appear to want to by and large live in the past have got an exclusive opportunity here, and for goodness sake..what is "Maori Culture and Initiatives through Digital Technologies"?..everyone owns a computer today and the knowledge is already in front of you....furthermore how are the results assessed and success quantified?..not a mention in the write up, so perhaps they aren’t?

whos money

Posted on 11-02-2018 10:39 | By hapukafin

if its tax payers money then we should all get a share of it,if its treaty settlement money they can choose

what about us?

Posted on 11-02-2018 09:10 | By Captain Sensible

What about us non-maori? Any funding for us? We are New Zealanders too you know.....albeit apparently second class kiwis.

I Flabbergasted

Posted on 11-02-2018 08:49 | By Told you

At the amount of money spent on Maori students,what about the rest of the students where do they get funding? ,and they say(Maori) are deprived.

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