Māori Indigenous Education Fund

Welcome to the donation site for the Māori Indigenous Education Fund Charitable Fund, powered by The Gift Trust.

Our mission is to initiate projects that advance the prosperity of the indigenous Māori people of Aotearoa (New Zealand). We believe the best strategy for securing our peoples future is through the power of education. Like our Tūpuna (Ancestors) said “Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou” (Seek after learning for the sake of your wellbeing).

Below are some projects the MIEF has identified as opportunities for significant impact and change and are thus seeking funds for. Donors can help our mission by giving tax deductible donations to support our work.

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1. Completion of iLab Facility (Tū Toa campus in Palmerston North, New Zealand)

Goal: $50,000

The Innovation Lab is a facility dedicated to Māori youth developing skills in areas of technology, innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. In 2019, Tai Wānanga invested $70,000 of its cash reserves into renovating an old building into new modern lab/studio spaces for students to be immersed in a leading Digital Technology curriculum focused on high-level digital skills for the future.

This first phase of renovations saw the completion of an innovation studio, a music studio and a green screen studio and a devices room all with new paint, new lights and new carpet tiles with students, teachers and parents coming together to help contribute to the renovation.

The Māori Indigenous Education Fund is seeking $50,000 to help realise the completion of the Tai Wānanga Innovation Lab in Palmerston North, New Zealand. If you would like to learn more about the Tai Wānanga Innovation Lab, its leading digital technology curriculum and student-run social enterprise, please feel free to email the Director Ian Tairea at i.tairea@taiwananga.co.nz

2. Creating an iLab Facility (Ruakura campus in Hamilton, New Zealand)

Goal: $100,000

Replicating the success of the Tai Wānanga Innovation Lab (iLab) model in Palmerston North, the MIEF wishes to establish an iLab facility in Hamilton, New Zealand.

3. Holistic Curriculum Model

Goal: $140,000

To further develop the Tai Wānanga curriculum model so it can be shared, replicated and resourced with other educational organisations globally. Focussed on well-being, sustainability, indigenous culture and identity.