Tapuwaekura is a Kaupapa Māori approach underpinned by the Atua Matua Framework (Māori Health and Wellbeing Framework). Tapuwaekura supports kura and kaiako to implement a Te Ao Māori approach through whakapapa and mātauranga Māori to connect tamariki to te taiao (the environment) for better health and wellbeing outcomes.

Led by Sport NZ Ihi Aotearoa, in partnership with Ngā Pākura, and supported by the Ministries of Health and Education, Tapuwaekura runs parallel to the Healthy Active Learning initiative. Specifically focused on supporting kura kaupapa Māori, wharekura, kura ā-iwi and full immersion units within certain English medium schools, Tapuwaekura has supported selected kura across Aotearoa since 2020 and is looking to expand its reach in 2022.

To understand the full potential of Tapuwaekura, Te Paetawhiti, a collection of independent Māori evaluators and researchers, is leading the evaluation of Tapuwaekura. The evaluation adopts a case study inquiry approach underpinned by Māori-centred evaluation practices. Initial evaluation findings have indicated that kura leaders support and value the Atua Matua approach, and kaiako are building their understanding and confidence to apply Atua Matua concepts into practice. Find out more about the progress of Tapuwaekura in this summary infographic.

Tapuwaekura summary
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Total Number of Kura Engaged in Tapuwaekura


Atua Matua Framework

This video by Waka Huia describes Atua Matua.


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