October 16, 2015
Marae an asset for Te Atatu community
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare says a marae would be a great asset for the people o Te Atatu.
Marae supporters will be at the Pop The Top Spring Festival at the Te Atatu Community Centre tomorrow collecting signatures to show community endorsement for the project, which has languished as former owners battled with the Auckland Council over the land it it to stand on.
Now the Court of Appeal has confirmed the council owns the Harbourview-Orangihina Reserve at the base of the peninsula, including a 2.5 hectare marae reserve, the project is back on the table.
Mr Henare remembers his father discussing the project more than two decades ago, and it's needed even more now.
"Te Atatu Peninsula has changed a heck of a lot so it's even more important that we have a marae there. One that will allow our whanau to one find a turangawaewae, a place to come together and look it can do a heck of a lot more wonderful things especially given it's location. Manurewa Marae is a great example by the water. It's done a great job of bringing the community together," says Peeni Henare
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