February 17, 2023
Marae mode best response to catastrophe
Maori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi says Maori have responded to Cyclone Gabrielle by going into what he calls marae mode.
The Waiariki MP says they go to the marae and start working with whatever resources are available, which they would do for tangihanga.
“So we open the doors to our marae, we’ve got kai packs running, we’ve got accommodation and that’s how we run. We will feed you, we will care for you, we will house house, we will love you. Those are usually the philosophies underlying our marae,” he says.