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Te Tītoki Mataora MedTech Research Translator is a multi-faceted initiative focused on growing Aotearoa New Zealand’s deep tech sector. It will do this by supporting research and industry that address healthcare needs, contribute to improved lives, and improve equity of access to care and outcomes. 


The name “Te Tītoki Mataora” was gifted by Matua Te Wharekōtua Turuwhenua (Ngāi Tūhoe) following kōrero with Jason Turuwhenua (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou), and the wider whānau. Jason is the Auckland Bioengineering Institute’s Associate Director Māori. 


refers to Alectryon excelsus, the Aotearoa native tree.  The extracted oil was traditionally valued for its health-giving properties.  Tītoki conveys the ideas of strength and healing.


refers to wedges used in the construction of waka.  The mataora are a traditional technology used to give effect to the bindings of the waka, and thereby establish its structural integrity.

Te Tītoki Mataora therefore embodies the concepts of health and technology bound together to restore well-being – a perfect description for the MedTech Research Translator.

Te Tītoki Mataora Can Help You

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Attend workshops to build capability in medtech translation.

By providing funding opportunities for early-stage research translation and technology development.

By providing tools and resources to support clinical and commercial translation.

How We Work

The above support is ensured through two linked programmes which supports everyone collaborating in healthtech-related areas to develop, test, and translate their ideas into sustainable clinical solutions.


These are the Research Acceleration Programme (RAP) funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE), and the HealthTech Capability Programme (HTCP) funded by the University of Auckland (UoA).


Te Tītoki Mataora is founded on the values of respect and integrity, genuine collaboration, excellence, and service.  



Te Tītoki Mataora will enable collegial and collaborative working relationships between members of its network that will contribute to improved health outcomes for all New Zealanders.



The following fundamental Te Ao Māori principles reflect Te Tītoki Mataora’s foundational relationship with tangata whenua and the commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi:

  • Manaakitanga – Caring for those around us in the way we relate to each other.

  • Whanaungatanga – Recognising the importance of kinship and lasting relationships.

  • Kaitiakitanga – Valuing stewardship and guardianship and our relationship with the natural world.


Te Tītoki Mataora also has a commitment to positively impact society by encouraging greater participation of communities in its work, and by working inclusively and respectfully with all communities. In particular we recognise Māori communities as tangata whenua, and consider Pacific Island communities given Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique position at the centre of the Pacific region.


There is an expected commitment to open discussions, positive negotiation, and a problem-solving approach to all related matters.

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