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Te Tītoki Mataora, the MedTech Translator, is a multi-faceted initiative focused on growing Aotearoa New Zealand's deep tech sector by supporting research and industry that address healthcare needs. 


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

Get connected to find people and resources.

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 and the HealthTech Capability Programme.

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