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).
Palmerston North Boys’ High School student
Feilding High School student
Awatapu College student
Palmerston North Girls’ High School student
Manukura High School student
Rotorua Boys’ High School student
Otaki College student
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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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.
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.
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 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.
In front of a packed whare at Ngāraratunua Marae, Pūhoro officially announced it’s launch into Te Tai Tokerau.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 have joined forces to help make trustworthy information on the Covid-19 vaccine more accessible to whānau and rangatahi Māori.
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.
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.
Two students were tasked with creating and designing an artificial hand as the current technological environment allows the production and design of artificial hands.
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.
Our kaupapa is growing fast and we are always looking for new kura and partners to join us. If you are passionate about rewriting the narrative for Māori in STEM, get in touch.
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