The process

What you need to know about the Te Aho Ngārahu application process is outlined in the steps below.

Applications have now closed. The next Te Aho Ngārahu funding round will open again during Pūanga/Matariki 2020.

Request for story ideas

Every year Te Aho Ngārahu will put out a Request for Stories ideas with priority learning areas of which the proposed story applications should align. The story application form will ask for the following information:

  • An outline of the story idea;
  • The primary target audience group within the ages of 0-18 years old;
  • Key messages that ākonga, kaiako, whānau and hapū will take from this story;
  • How the story will be produced. For example, an audio story, a graphic novel, an online video or a multi-media web story;
  • A curriculum resource developer from the Ministry’s Māori Medium provider panel. They will help you to co-develop your story into a te reo Māori education resource;
  • Contact information.


All stories will be assessed by an evaluation panel, which consists of a cross-section of advisors with expertise and knowledge in supporting ākonga, kaiako, and Kāhui Ako learning in and through te reo Māori in both Māori medium and English medium settings.

The panel will assess the applications against the priorities and evaluation criteria and will decide on a shortlist.


We will email everyone once the final decisions are made on the applications. It may take up to 6 – 8 weeks from the time the round for you to be informed about your application. 

Once an application is approved an advisor from the Te Reo Māori Group will work with you through the consultation phase.

This phase involves establishing agreements between you, storyteller and us, the Ministry of Education. The agreement sets out the expectations between the two parties. Specifically it:

  • Confirms the commitment to develop the story into a resource;
  • Ensures the intellectual property of the story idea remains with the storyteller;
  • Allows the Ministry to use the story in the resource for a set period of time in exchange for a fee.

This phase also includes confirming the curriculum resource development provider you want to work with to co-develop your story into a te reo Māori teaching and learning resource.


Once the consultation phase is complete the Ministry will host an engagement hui.

The hui is an opportunity to gain a shared understanding of the process, roles and responsibilities for the storyteller, the service provider and the Ministry of Education.

Request for proposals

This step involves the curriculum resource development provider and storyteller working together on a proposal to develop the resource.

The proposal will:

  • Describe in detail the resource/s that will be created from the story.
  • Include a budget with a cost breakdown.
  • Include key personnel and their roles.
  • Outline timeframes with key deliverables for the project.

All proposals will go through our standard review and recommendations process.  Once approved, we will send a Statement of Work (contract) to develop the resource, to the curriculum resource development provider to sign.

The contract is directly with the curriculum resource development provider as they will be leading and managing the development and production of the resource. 

It is a requirement in this step of the process that a co-publishing between the service provider and storyteller be established. This agreement will ensure that both parties are consulting with one another throughout the development and production of the resource.

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