R&D grants and innovation news: Fresh funding for Ka Hao Māori Digital

A fresh round of funding aimed at building Māori capacity in the digital technology space is about to get underway.
Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods


“It’s about helping Māori participate in the modern digital economy,” says Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta, announcing the latest round along with Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Megan Woods.


Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta

Already, some $3.6 million is helping 20 projects around the country develop under the Ka Hao Māori Digital Technology Fund. The new funding round will expand this, with applications opening on Thursday 9 February.
Ka Hao aims to create high value jobs and opportunities that advance Māori 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 Māori in digital technologies
  • Growing digital technologies businesses
  • Enhancing new Māori language and culture initiatives through digital technologies.

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

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

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