September 26, 2023
Treaty properties base for Wairoa rebuild
Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa has welcomed a $1 million grant from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to convert Turiroa School in Wairoa into temporary accommodation for trades needed for the Wairoa rebuild.
Chief executive Lewis Ratapu says the school can house up to 19 people, and it will later serve as a residence for horticulture cadets needed as a part of the organisation’s horticulture strategy.
Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa is also working to convert another of its settlement properties, the former North Clyde primary school, into a tertiary training facility.
More than 600 whānau remain displaced by Cyclone Gabrielle, with many still waiting for recategorisation before any repair or rebuilding work on their homes can begin.