July 30, 2015
Marae; Centres of excellence
A study across 26 Te Arawa marae has found that understanding the needs of rangitahi is essential for marae to excel.
Head of the research project Aneta Morgan who presented the findings at a seminar – Nga Pae o te Maramatanga – yesterday says marae are central to the survival of the language and integral to the indentity and onging well-being of hapu and whanau.
She says the study started in 2012 found three factors neccessary for marae excellence – Te Reo Maori, Succession Planning and Rangatahi engagement.
Aneta Morgan says the project conducted in collaboration with Waikato – Tainui College for Research and Development and Te Kotahi Research Institute saw marae as places of wellbeing for whanau
It was suggested that marae should also be places with free wifi zones so young people could connect wherever they were.
They should also be able to hold their own functions on marae and take a greater role in their management.
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