Ngā mahi / Our work

Some of the work that Māpuna Consultants  are currently involved in


Development of an Education Workforce Strategy for Māori Medium (in association with the Ministry of Education)

Dr Dee Sciascia is currently working alongside Māori Medium leaders and Ministry of Education staff to develop an education workforce strategy for Māori Medium through playing a facilitative role and supporting the sector to design and implement this strategy. This work has been underway since September 2018. More information here

Cultural capability for the public sector (Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management & Department of Internal Affairs)

Both Dr Dee Sciascia and Iriaka Epiha-Ferris are actively working with a number of government agencies delivering Māori cultural capability to these organisations. This is a purposeful response to a government wide shift towards being truly bicultural, living Te Tiriti o Waitangi and committing to raising capability for its staff (not just Māori). Iriaka and Dee provide bespoke and tailored capability development to organisations based on their diverse needs. Some of our current clients include Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management & Department of Internal Affairs.

Evaluation support for Oranga Marae (TPK & DIA funding for marae development and capital works)

Dr Dee Sciascia is providing evaluation advice and expertise to the Department of Internal Affairs to support the evaluation of Oranga Marae – a new funding programme, model and partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri. This role requires working closely with Te Puni Kōkiri and Department of Internal Affairs to connect evaluative and research underpinnings so that evaluation processes for the programme are robust and are framed within a kaupapa Māori approach.

Coaching Executive Leadership

Māpuna Consultants is currently undergoing one on one coaching/mentoring for executives in leadership roles within the tertiary sector and public sector. Coaching is centred on te reo Māori me ōna tikanga but is underpinned with ngā uara Māori (values) me ngā mātāpono (principles). Organisations we are currently working with are not named here for confidentiality.

Developing Aotearoa New Zealand’s first National Risk Assessment Framework for Climate Change Dr Dee Sciascia was appointed one out of 9 panelists to develop this framework in conjunction with the Ministry for the Environment which was released on 19 September 2019.

The Framework can be viewed here as as well as some Māori news coverage of the importance of this work (below).

Māpuna Consultants were excited to be part of this kaupapa and to support the Government to moving towards action to combat the impacts of climate change. A letter from Minister James Shaw (Minister for Climate Change) can be viewed below.

Minister Shaw – Testimonial Minister Shaw – Testimony for Mapuna Consultants

Curator of Te Matatini 2019 exhibition ‘Te Ihorei’ (funded by Creative New Zealand)

Tumarangai Sciascia was funded to curate a Māori arts exhibition at Te Matatini National Kapa Haka competition in February, 2019 in Wellington New Zealand. The exhibition brought together 12 Māori artists, who represented the 12 regions involved in Te Matatini, and their artwork as a showcase of the excellence of Māori art. Please see the exhibition website link here.



Rangahau Lead for He rongoā tō te reo Māori project with Te Wānanga o AotearoaLeading Te Wānanga o Aotearoa’s first rangahau project around te reo Māori as a form of healing. More information on the project can be found here