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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


Pūhoro on Social

Check out what we are up to on our various social platforms!


Pūhoro News & Articles


Bragato Research Institute — Annaleise Faint

Annaleise Faint (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi) was offered an internship at Bragato Research Institute


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 (PNCC)



2020 Lockdown Video for our Pūhoro whānau


Hawai'i 2017

2017 Gallery of Āmua Ao Hawai'i photos


Māori students put chemistry theory into practice

Chemistry theory in practice for rangatahi Māori


Join our movement as we revolutionise the STEMM landscape and
build the next generation of Māori scientists here in Aotearoa.

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