Ka Whakahou Ake e Iwa o nga Marae o Te Rarawa
- Nine Te Rarawa Marae to be upgraded

Minister Jones announcement at Okorihi, Kaikohe. Photo: Jenny Ling, Northern Advocate

Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa is pleased to announce that Provincial Growth Funding (PGF) of $1.4 million has been approved in principle to upgrade nine of our marae.  This is fantastic news for nine of our marae and hapū. Not only will it provide the opportunity to upgrade many essential services for our marae but more importantly it will provide crucial mahi opportunities for many of our unemployed and community in these regions impacted by Covid 19.  We take this opportunity to thank the PGF for providing us with this marae changing initiative and the provision of jobs for our people,” says Chief Executive Phillip Murray.  

The marae approved in principle include Roma (Ahipara), Te Uri O Hina (Pukepoto), Manukau (Herekino), Ngāi Tūpoto (Motukaraka), Mātihetihe (Mitimiti), Ōhaki (Pawarenga), Te Rarawa (Pukepoto), Te Kotahitanga (Whangapē) and Rangikohu (Herekino).  The other eight marae that applied are still under consideration by the Provincial Development Unit.

“The nine marae are excited to have investment approved and to be able to upgrade their respective marae.  While upgrading and improving our marae for whānau and manuhiri alike, the investment is also expected to create more than 50 jobs working with more than 20 local contractors,” says Pou Arahi, Maihi Makiha.The marae upgrades range from the clearing of land to establishing māra (gardens), upgrading old and broken infrastructure, to the upgrading of toilets.  

The remaining eight Te Rarawa marae that applied are still under consideration by the Provincial Development Unit. It is hoped with great anticipation that these marae will also be supported in helping their whānau and surrounding communities to carry out shovel ready mahi as well. The Rūnanga acknowledges the relationship and work undertaken with Minister Shane Jones, Ben Dalton, Chief Operating Office of the Provincial Development Unit and his team.