Waikato-Tainui hopes to make all marae in the region self-sufficient. Members of Makaurau Marae at Ihumātao in Māngere are already implementing schemes for the new initiative.
Their kōhanga reo is a key part of the marae's development strategy.
Ike Rākena says, “Our elder, Dan Roberts saw that our children were going to kōhanga reo outside the area. He thought, we have our marae, a facility we can use, so why not send our children here so they can learn the customs of Waikato and the King Movement.”
Another initiative is their native nursery.
Tracey Sanday says, “It's now catering for native plant, to re-vegetate our whenua all around, at the moment trying to establish it sustainable for us, and my main stuff is harakeke, and because I source it around here, that's the ideal, is to eco-source.”
Waikato-Tainui are holding a series of meetings to seek input from iwi members on a draft marae development plan to help their marae become self-sufficient by 2050.
Rahui Papa says, “What are the main areas of development to modernise our marae. Secondly, how we can help our marae to implement their goals.”
There are six meetings still to be held by Waikato-Tainui for their members to discuss the initiative.
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