July 04, 2019
More pūtea for marae upgrade programme
A programme to upgrade marae buildings and help marae whānau preserve their culture has got a $12 million boost.
Announcing the four-year funding at Christchurch’s Rehua Marae this morning, Maori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta said it would also cover additional support for marae to be prepared for disaster and other emergency responses, and also provide for zero waste initiatives.
She said the initiatives will strengthen whānau and communities, not only by investing in the physical restoration and revitalisation of marae buildings but also the protection, preservation and future sustainability of the culture and heritage of marae.
Marae often play a vital role in supporting communities during times of emergency, such as happened at Rehua and other Christchurch marae in the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes, and at Whakatū Marae in Nelson which opened the doors to everyone needing support, shelter or a sanctuary during the fires earlier this year.
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