Te Kupenga o MAI (MAI) is a programme is for the enhancement of Māori and indigenous post-graduate students throughout Aotearoa New Zealand. This national network of key sites forms an integral part of NPM's Māori Futures programme.
- Facilitate transitions across different levels of the tertiary education system.
- Increase the number of earned research degrees; qualified and skilled researchers; and quality academic teachers and supervisors.
- Establish and maintain a national network of Māori doctoral students and researchers.
- Enhance institutional infrastructures to strengthen the capacity for Māori and indigenous development research.
- Strengthen the capacity of researchers and Māori communities to engage with and learn from one another.
- Facilitate national and international networking and collaboration.
- Support the development of career and leadership-related skills.
- Foster the development of policy formation and policy implementation skills.
- A support and mentoring programme for individuals through the national MAI network; facilitating the development of research capability and capacity through curriculum links, infrastructure and strategic planning.
- Courses, seminars, lectures, conferences, retreats and workshops that are specifically designed for pre-doctoral through to post-doctoral levels and beyond.
- A system of grants and fellowships that ranges through all levels of the programme.
- Career and leadership training.
- International study and research opportunities.