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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.

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Pūhoro News & Articles

Pūhoro represents at International Education Conference in the Solomon Islands

Last week Pūhoro Manahautū Kemp Reweti and Pou Mātauranga Ani Ruwhiu participated in a two-day International Education Conference with the theme, “Rethinking Solomon Islands Education for a Sustainable Future,” at the Solomon Islands National University

Pūhoro partners with Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui to expand into new rohe.

A new partnership with Ngā Tāngata Tiaki o Whanganui has enabled Pūhoro to expand its Te Urunga Tū (high school phase) kaupapa into the new region of Whanganui.

Pūhoro launches Nōku Te Ao

After a five-year hiatus Pūhoro is excited to be launching Nōku Te Ao, an overseas experiential learning opportunity where rangatahi Māori can explore global STEM opportunities and connect with indigenous communities.

Pūhoro teams up with He Oranga Hauora on new data scholarship

Pūhoro has partnered with He Oranga Hauora - Healthier Lives on a new scholarship targeted at tauira Māori studying data and related fields.

ESR bootcamp boosts genomics skills and career prospects for rangatahi Māori.

Last week 10 tertiary and high school tauira from across Aotearoa came together for The Institute of Environmental Science and Research’s (ESR) first ever genomics bootcamp.

Pūhoro secures He Aka Ka Toro research funding

Pūhoro is a successful recipient of the newly established He Aka Ka Toro research fund. The fund, managed by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, supports iwi, hapū and hapori to develop their own internal capacity to engage with Māori knowledge in the rohe where it is practiced, and where experts and practitioners are based. 

Building a Brighter Future in STEM: Fonterra and Pūhoro Partner to Empower Māori Rangatahi

Together, Fonterra and Pūhoro are committed to building a brighter future in STEM for rangatahi Māori.

Pūhoro and AgResearch join forces to launch the inaugural Toitū Te Whenua Scholarships

Pūhoro and AgResearch are proud to announce the inaugural Toitū Te Whenua scholarships are now open for applications.

Former students return to drive passion for science and Māoritanga

Pūhoro STEMM Academy is fostering an environment where ākonga develop a passion for science and pride in their Māoritanga. Described as a kaupapa that supports ākonga, cheers for them, and provides them with a range of opportunities, the mahi is having a significant impact.

Genesis scholarships provide additional support to Pūhoro rangatahi

Sixty five students from nine high schools near Genesis’ generation sites are starting the year well-equipped after receiving scholarship packs of laptops, technology vouchers and tools.

New opportunities emerge for Emma and Tikardan at Horizon’s Regional Council.

“We got settled into our internship really well because we were able to be a part of the cultural collaboration course. It also gave us an opportunity to meet people in other teams that we probably wouldn’t have connected with outside of the course."

Pūhoro carves out STEMM pathways for ākonga Māori

Born out of a desire to increase Māori representation in the STEM space, Pūhoro STEMM Academy supports ākonga to maintain a science pathway throughout school and embrace their Māoritanga. The organisation continues to support rangatahi who transition from secondary school into tertiary and employment.

Sophie and Zinzan thrive in a whānau driven enivronment at Te Ahu a Turanga

We caught up with Sophie and Zinzan to hear about their experience interning in the Health & Wellbeing team at Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway, Waka Kotahi’s multi-million dollar roading project reconnecting Manawatū to Tararua.

54 ākonga Māori join Pūhoro for the 23/24 Summership programme

Each Summer Pūhoro runs a STEM internship programme with ākonga Māori from across Aotearoa. This summer we welcomed 54 interns and 28 industry partners into our whānau.

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.


Immersing rangatahi in the world of STEMM

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.


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.


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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Growing a leading Māori STEMM community guided by their unique Māori worldview.



Pūhoro increases Māori participation in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and mātauranga Māori). Pūhoro is a by Māori, for Māori, and with Māori capability pipeline into STEMM across the secondary, tertiary and industry sectors.


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