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M.A.T.C.H – the Māoriland Tech Creative Hub is a creative space for rangatahi to use and unleash their creative thinking and problem-solving skills to develop and build creative solutions for our future. 

We run training programs at the Māoriland Hub in Ōtaki for rangatahi Māori focusing on Animation, Film, and Audio in a Māori-centered environment.

Through intensive training, hands-on learning, and mentorship, M.A.T.C.H prepares rangatahi for careers in Screen, Animation, and Events.

We go beyond training by empowering Māori youth, fostering their talents, and contributing to their future and that of their communities and creative industries.

Our program follows a collaborative model where youth work together, led by Indigenous values, and emphasizes STREAMS: science, technology, reading, entrepreneurship, arts, mathematics, and sustainability. This acknowledges the importance of Indigenous knowledge in building a future society focused on innovation.

Artwork by Skawennati
Artwork by Skawennati

M.A.T.C.H Creative Intensifier Machinima

In an NZ first, Māoriland is partnering with AbTec – Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace based in Montreal to bring the Skins Machinima Workshop to Aotearoa.  

Participants will tell stories, develop a script, storyboard, design characters, build sets, record footage, edit and add sound to produce their own machinima rooted in Indigenous storytelling practice.

There are limited places on this 12-week paid workplace training program supported by Māori Trades Training. If you have a passion and skills to create Māori films, this program is for you.

This program will not be repeated – do not miss out

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M.A.T.C.H Creative Intensifier

He whakakitenga nā mātou ka whai wāhi nei te iwi Maori i roto i ngā whakapaparanga katoa o te ao matihiko. Waiho mā ngā ara kawekōrero ngā mātauranga e pai ana e tukuna kia hora ki ngā iwi taketake; ō te kāinga ō kō atu anō hoki. 

Our goal is to transform the lives of rangatahi by providing work place based training that lead to work in the film, creative and information industries.

  • Do you have a passion for art, film, tech or audio? 
  • Are you Māori?
  • Are you hardworking and motivated?
  • Are you looking to upskiLl for a career in the creative digital industry?

If you answered yes to all of these questions then the

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Isabella Osborne
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M.A.T.C.H graduates are now working in the creative sector…

The tech creative industry is one of the fastest growing and includes animation, gaming, VR/AR/XR, film, marketing, architecture and many more sectors.

M.A.T.C.H – the Māoriland Tech Creative Hub is for rangatahi with a strong interest in art, storytelling and digital tools. 

The aim of our M.A.T.C.H Intensifier programme is to provide rangatahi with skills and support to step into the tech creative industry.


Creative skills + technology = future employment

The World Economic Forum names creativity as number three in the top ten skills you need to thrive in this time of change – ‘the Fourth Industrial Revolution’. 

Creative training future-proofs rangatahi to be adaptive thinkers and entrepreneurs able to carve out their own careers and adapt to a rapidly changing work environment. 

Creative + technology entrepreneurs can run global businesses from their own homes or communities.

M.A.T.C.H has been designed to provide an early entry for our rangatahi Māori into the creative tech industries. It is industry aligned so that participants in the programme train in an industry ready framework, adaptive to whatever the future may bring.

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Achieve with M.A.T.C.H

  • Rangatahi develop hard skills in specific creative technology disciplines to industry standards while achieving within the digital curriculum. 
  • Rangatahi gain essential skills that are sufficient to pathway into employment (cadetships) or higher education.
  • Through participation in the programme, rangatahi become part of a collaborative and support cohort of rangatahi Māori creative technology professionals.
  • Rangatahi gain essential skills including drivers license, first aid and health and safety training and certification. 
  • Upon completion of the programme participants achieve an industry endorsed micro-credential which is recognized within the industry supporting them into work. 

Mōhio Ki Ngā Tikanga

Culturally Competent

Rangatahi demonstrate self-confidence and self-awareness.

Mana Tangata


Rangatahi are self-confident and demonstrate personal leadership and accountability.



Rangatahi are empowered to be health conscious and look after their personal wellbeing

He Ringa Rehe

Work Ready

Rangatahi are equipped with the practical experience and qualifications to enable them to confidently enter the workforce and make a meaningful contribution to the economy and society.

Kia Kaha Kia Oti

Solution Focussed

Rangatahi can navigate challenging situations and demonstrate critical problem-solving skills

He Hunga Matatau Ki Ō Te Matihiko

Digitally and technically literate rangatahi Māori