The Mātangireia Waka Trust Steering Group

As part of our involvement in the MetService Moana project, Terra Moana is proud to support the The Mātangireia Waka Trust alongside University of Wellington, Manaaki Te Awanui, and the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board .

The Mātangaireira Waka Trust, has secured $100,000 to strengthen capacity amongst Māori to help

improve ocean health through the sharing of cross-cultural ocean knowledge. The Trust was one of 31 successful applications to the Te Pūnaha Hihiko: Vision Mātauranga Capability Fund, administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The aims of the programme are supported with co-funding from leading research and scientific organisations, University of Waikato, MetService/MetOcean, and NIWA.


The funding will be used to bring together experts across the fields of climate change, marine science, ocean health, and mātauranga waka to establish capacity building programmes and the Te Ahu o Rehua Network for Cross-Cultural Ocean Knowledge.


Te Ahu o Rehua Network will build capacity amongst Māori community members, practitioners and marine undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Workshops will be held in the North and South Islands providing participants with an intensive mix of theoretical and practical experiences, set within the contexts of science, Māori science, and mātauranga Māori, to build their capacity and understanding of cross-cultural ocean knowledge.


The result will be a strong network of Māori marine science and mātauranga practitioners with robust marine science and climate change communities. “The benefits to whānau, hapū and Iwi will be resultant initiatives protecting and enhancing their rohe moana. While regional government will benefit through participatory projects that support kaitiakitanga o te moana”, says Mātangaireira Waka Trust.



The Mātangaireira Waka Trust’s mission is to learn, preserve, and redistribute the practice, customs and traditions of waka, te reo Māori and Māori arts.