Māori music

Te Māngai Pāho provides contestable funding to artists and producers who make reo Māori music for airplay and streaming. Waiata Reo Māori; Waiata Takitahi; Waiata Tuarea; Oro Hāpai funding also is available for initiatives that widely promote and celebrate waiata reo Māori - Music Industry & Artist Support.



Funding Calendar 2022/23

We have published our draft funding calendar for the 2022/23 financial year. We are unable to confirm the funding rounds and dates until after Budget 2022 (19 May 2022), however we hope this can provide some certainty over what we want to see in the coming year. Mēnā he pātai, please contact our Mātanga Puoro, Nadia Marsh.

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Waiata Reo Māori

Funding is available for the production and promotion (including aligned video assets) of single waiata containing 50% or more reo Māori, that are original, and have not been released before. Proposed waiata should be primed for radio airplay. Songs for rangatahi audiences will be prioritised.

Eligible costs: Mātanga Reo (Reo Māori Consultant), studio engineer, music producer, music director, session musicians, studio hire, mixing, mastering, video asset creation, publicist, campaign services. Other reasonable costs may be considered.


Waiata Tuarea

Funding is available for the production and promotion (including aligned video assets) of multiple waiata intended for an EP or album. A minimum of three songs are required for Waiata Tuarea funding; each being original, previously unreleased, and containing more than 50% reo Māori. Artists with a track record of releasing popular music will be prioritised.

Contact our Mātanga Puoro to discuss your project before applying.

Eligible costs: Mātanga Reo (Reo Māori Consultant), studio engineer, music producer, music director, session musicians, studio hire, mixing, mastering, video asset creation, publicist, campaign services. Other reasonable costs may be considered.


Oro Hāpai

The intention of Oro Hāpai funding is to support the coming together of contemporary music writers and creatives to create new waiata reo Māori to demo level. It is essential that a suitably qualified Mātanga Reo (Reo Māori Consultant) is among the collaborators. Applicants and participants with a track record of writing popular waiata for New Zealand audiences will be prioritised.

Contact the Mātanga Puoro to discuss your project before applying.

Eligible costs: Mātanga Reo, collaborators, studio or venue hire. Other reasonable costs may be considered.


Music Industry & Artist Support

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Waiata Takitahi

Waiata Takitahi is a co-fund launched in 2020 as a collaboration between Te Māngai Pāho and NZ On Air. It was the first time the two funding agencies have officially joined forces on a waiata funding initiative. The ambition for the fund is to enable the creation of brand new songs incorporating Te Reo Māori to target big audience platforms.

We are seeking applications from New Zealand artists who are interested in recording and releasing a bilingual single with potential general audience appeal and a minimum of 25% te reo Māori in the song lyrics. We are looking for songs that will target online and broadcast audiences and have the potential to find a home on mainstream playlists.

Artists can come from any background but the use of te reo Māori in the song will be expected to be overseen by a reo Māori language consultant to ensure quality control and contextual relevance in the song. For applicants who are not in a position to confirm a language consultant before the application deadline, there will be an opportunity to be matched with a range of consultants via Te Māngai Pāho.

Pūtea is available to put towards the costs of recording a single song, creating video content and other visual collateral, and putting resources towards promotion, publicity, and marketing for the single release. Funds can also be used to pay for the services of a reo Māori language consultant.

More information on the Waiata Takitahi round is provided in the links below:

Waiata Takitahi Application Guidelines
Waiata Takitahi Criteria
FAQ Waiata Takitahi PDF
Watch the Waiata Takitahi webinar