June 19, 2023
Marae housing needed as cyclone recovery lags
Ngati Kahungunu wants to put more accommodations around some of its marae so they can function better as disaster relief and welfare hubs.
Runanga chair Bayden Barber says about 100 whanau are still staying at Waipatu and Omahu Marae four months after Cyclone Gabrielle ravaged Hawke’s Bay, and other whanau are still staying with relatives.
It’s working with Te Puni Kokiri and the Temporary Accommodation Service to get temporary housing into the rohe.
“We’re sening a clear message to Government and the community that our marae need to be supported as welfare hubs. They have so much to offer communities as we’ve seen through the cyclone experience that is very valuable, whether it’s accommodation, manaaki, and even liaision with government agencies” he says.
Bayden Barber says marae aren’t the most suitable places for whanau to stay during winter.