November 12, 2019
Hard work, planning and care with cash give marae long life
The chair of Te Māhurehure Marae, Christine Panapa, says now it has marked its first 50 years it’s looking to continue the next 50 in the same spirit.
The former rugby league training shed tucked at the bottom of Point Chevalier has been an important centre nor just for Hokianga Māori but for people from ngā hau e whā, with hundreds coming on Saturday from as far as London and Hawaii to celebrate.
A highlight was the presence of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who unveiled a new pare and helped cut the cake.
Plans include building kaumatua housing around the marae and introducing tourism to its already busy schedule, but the important thing it to maintain the kaupapa of inclusion, hard work, and financial prudence that has sustained it so far.
"As long as this marae never gets into debt and we are careful about what we do the planning is good and we always have people here no matter what to make sure they look after the marae, that's all I ask," Mrs Christine Panapa
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