Haere mai ki Te Pūnaha Matatini
Toki nui te toki!
Toki roa te toki!
Toki tā wahie.
Ka whanatu au
Ka hahau i te takapū o Rangi e tū nei
Ka hinga, ka mate …
Ki a Papatūānuku e takoto nei –
Tihei mauri ora!
Welcome to Te Pūnaha Matatini
Together we have a powerful adze,
able to take down the greatest tree.
May your visit to us be welcoming and,
that we might aid you
in the task you face,
however great or small.
The 2020 Prime Minister’s Science Prize has been awarded to Te Pūnaha Matatini for our contribution to Aotearoa New Zealand’s Covid-19 response.
The New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) recently announced the selection of Te Pūnaha Matatini as one of ten New Zealand Centres of Research Excellence (CoRE) to be funded over the next eight years.
Te Pūnaha Matatini researcher Giorgia Vattiato and colleagues are looking into why some invasive pests avoid traps, and what might help Kiwi relocate more easily.
Te Pūnaha Matatini welcomed its first kaumatua Dr Tom Roa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato) at a special hui in Tāmaki Makaurau last year.
Te Pūnaha Matatini incoming co-directors Cilla Wehi and Murray Cox have collaborated with Hēmi Whaanga and kaumatua Tom Roa, from the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato, analysing Māori ancestral sayings (whakataukī), and their recognition of extinctions.
Several New Zealand university students took part in Te Pūnaha Matatini’s 2019-20 summer internship programme, working on various research projects with our partner organisations.