December 09, 2020
Marae ready for Five Days of Christmas giveaways
Auckland City Mission and south Auckland marae are gearing for their annual Christmas distribution of presents and extra food items.
This year the distributions have been spread around the mission’s central Auckland site and Nga Whare Waatea, Papakura Marae and this year for the first time – Manurewa Marae.
Lessons learned from the COVID-19 lockdown food distribution means people will need to pre-book, so there won’t be the overnight queues of previous years.
Manurewa Marae chair Tunuiarangi McLean says government agencies are again coming on board, including WINZ and the Ministry for Social Development to ensure whānau get any benefits they are entitled to.
The five days of Christmas starts from Monday, although at Manurewa the distribution will be for eight days.
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