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Coined by Leon Blake for Ngā Kura-ā-iwi o Aotearoa, Pūrau is a whakaaro Māori representation of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Mātauranga (STEMM) that derives from pāngarau, hangarau, pūtaiao and pūkaha. 

Pūrau or STEMM is a kaupapa Māori approach to STEMM and seeks to improve equitable access to Pūrau education; and pathway Māori into high value careers to revolutionise the landscape. 

Pūhoro recognises the unique position we have in Aotearoa where we have access to two knowledge systems: Mātauranga Māori and Western Science. At Pūhoro we celebrate mātauranga Māori as a rich Māori knowledge ecosystem underpinned by kaupapa and tikanga Māori (Te Pūtahitanga: A Tiriti-Led Science-Policy Approach for Aotearoa New Zealand).


Ngā Tauheretanga





participating regions


participating schools



"Pūhoro helped spark an interest in science in a fun way. Highlight of the programme”

Palmerston North Boys’ High School student


“I am more aware of science around me and my Māori culture. I have a much better understanding of science and all the jobs and opportunities that can be available to Māori students in Pūhoro”

Feilding High School student


“It has given me the confidence and knowledge of science and to have faith that I’ll be able to pass. It has broadened my social circle because of interaction with the other schools. It has given me knowledge for how to apply skills in a practical way”

Awatapu College student


"Getting that extra help and understanding in science and maths. The importance of being Māori in today’s world and not having to do anything to be Māori”

Palmerston North Girls’ High School student


“It has definitely helped with my biology subject this year. It also, has helped me identify who I am as a Māori, that I don’t have to do anything to be Māori but be myself. It has helped get out of my comfort zone and meet new people and work together”

Manukura High School student


“Pūhoro has had a massive impact on my well-being. My perspective on science has definitely been expanded. I’ve not only learnt so much but I’ve also made so many friends over the course of this programme. I’ve enjoyed my time in this environment and I’m looking forward to my future with Pūhoro. KIA ORA!”

Rotorua Boys’ High School student


“The impact the wānanga has had for me this year is being able to spend time on campus so I have an idea of what uni is like. And being able to experiment with new things and meet new people”

Otaki College student

changing the space

Pūhoro STEMM

Launched in 2016, Pūhoro improves rangatahi engagement in STEMM. Pūhoro helps rangatahi see the connection between mātauranga Māori in STEMM; improves their academic achievement in STEMM; and, through strategic partnerships, provides pathways into high value careers.



To advance Māori leadership and capability to deliver a world class science community



To be the Centre of Excellence for Science Technology Engineering Mathematics and Mātauranga capability


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Pūhoro News & Articles

Job Opportunity Events Manager

Our Pūhoro whānau is expanding and we are looking for an established Events Manager to support our growth. You'll join a nimble, hard-working team that delivers a range of rangatahi Māori centred events across Aoteaoroa.

Spark Foundation expands partnership with Pūhoro

Reinforcing their commitment to digital equity, Spark Foundation has recently expanded its partnership with Pūhoro STEMM Academy to support nationwide delivery across Aotearoa.

Aupiki Ake Recipients Awarded at Regional Graduations

As part of our graduation events for our year 13 cohort, each year we present the Aupiki Ake award to a very special recipient from each region.



Rangatahi Māori experiencing first-hand a future career in science, thanks to Te Rūngana o Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa, Crown Research Institute AgResearch and Pūhoro STEMM Academy.


Te Aka Whai Ora investing to support rangatahi Māori into STEMM careers

Te Aka Whai Ora is investing $1.7 million in the Pūhoro STEMM Academy to develop a bespoke Health Career Pathway that supports hundreds of rangatahi Māori into STEMM careers.


Government commitment to Māori Education continues

Substantial support for Māori Education has continued in Budget 2023, including a boost for the Pūhoro STEM Academy.


Congratulations to 2023 Scholarship Winner, Meschka Seifritz

Meschka Seifritz is the official recipient of the 2023 Our Land and Water & Pūhoro STEMM Academy scholarship, to support the completion of her Master’s degree.

Pūhoro welcome two new Kaihautū to the Manawatū

Earlier this year Pūhoro welcomed back two new Kaihautū to the Manawatū region, Amber Te Tau and Jahnae Philips. Amber and Jahnae are no strangers to the kaupapa having been a part of Pūhoro throughout their high school and tertiary journey.


Pūhoro interns celebrate summer projects at Pō Whakanui

On Thursday 2 February 73 Pūhoro STEMM (additional M for mātauranga Māori) interns from across Aotearoa gathered in Palmerston North to celebrate the completion of their summer internships at a Pō Whakanui.


Whanake Scholarship Applications Now Open

Delivered across four years to a Bachelor of Engineering student, the scholarship includes an anuual$10,000 award and ongoing access to Pūhoro’s and HERA’s support systems.


Pūhoro Wins in International Engineering and Technology Awards

Pūhoro has been recognised on an international scale winning the international Engineering and Technology Award for the Most Forward-Thinking Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Programme in Engineering and Tech.

Excitement building for Pūhoro’s launch into Te Tai Tokerau

In front of a packed whare at Ngāraratunua Marae, Pūhoro officially announced it’s launch into Te Tai Tokerau.


Rangatahi Māori try their hand at surgery

College students performing total hip replacements might sound a little scary but it turned out to be a fun and engaging way to open the eyes of Māori teens to new career options.


Pūhoro to launch in Te Tai Tokerau in 2023

The expansion will be marked by a public announcement in Whangārei on 21 October. The event will provide an opportunity for Pūhoro to connect with local iwi, hapū and kura and to align our aspirations for rangatahi Māori.

Founding Pūhoro Students Come Full Circle

Six years on from its formation Pūhoro is now beginning to see the full circle effects of our kaupapa. In 2022 we welcomed back two of our founding Pūhoro students as full time kaimahi, Annaleise Faint and Mosiah Igatia. We caught up with them to hear about their time with Pūhoro so far.

Partnership with Pūhoro STEMM Academy Builds Māori Science Capability

As a primary funder of Pūhoro since 2017, Our Land and Water sponsors this nationwide programme that supports rangatahi Māori by uplifting their achievement in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and mātauranga Māori).


University of Waikato teams up with Pūhoro for term 3 wānanga

It was a taste of University life for 76 Māori high school students from around the Waikato, who attended a one-day Pūhoro STEMM Academy regional wānanga yesterday at the University of Waikato, hosted by the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

Pūhoro takes home Diversity Works supreme award

Diversity Works, New Zealand’s national body for workplace diversity and inclusion has recognised Pūhoro STEMM Academy as supreme award winner at the annual diversity awards held last weekend.


Pūhoro and Ministry for Primary Industries Call for Internship Hosts

Are you interested in hosting Pūhoro tauira for a summer internship? Pūhoro and the Ministry for Primary industries are calling for projects to host Pūhoro scholars for 10 weeks between November and February.


Measuring the Economic Impact of the Pūhoro STEMM Academy

Pūhoro is pleased to release its most recent cost-benefit analysis (CBA) by Matatihi through support from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research - ESR in August 2021.


Pūhoro and Genesis Energy Join Forces

Pūhoro and Genesis Energy have joined forces to help make trustworthy information on the Covid-19 vaccine more accessible to whānau and rangatahi Māori.


Pūhoro Charitable Trust to Guide Next Phase

A hugely successful programme that helps Māori high school students excel in science, technology, engineering and maths is now being overseen by an independent Māori trust, and will strive to become a global exemplar at the interface of science and Indigenous knowledge.


Bragato Research Institute — Annaleise Faint

Annaleise Faint (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi) was offered an internship at Bragato Research Institute (BRI) and was able to experience how the organization operates in its new research winery in Blenheim.


Internship Presentation — Luke August and Taine Davis

Two students were tasked with creating and designing an artificial hand as the current technological environment allows the production and design of artificial hands.


Internship Presentation — Meschka Seifritz

Meschka Seifritz (Ngāti Kauwhata), was extended an internship from the Palmerston North City Council. Her internship focused on measuring the number of macroinvertebrates in the Palmerston North drinking water supply dams.


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