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Council programme to improve marae conditions

Budget set aside for upgrade work

Published: 11 October 2019

Auckland Council’s $60m programme to improve the condition of 32 marae across the region will bring benefits to Franklin and Papakura.

Six of the marae named for support are within the Franklin Local Board area, Ngā Hau E Wha O Pukekohe, Umupuia and Ngati Kohua in the Clevedon subdivision, Reretewhioi and Tahuna in Waiuku, and Whatapaka at Te Hihi.

Neighbouring Papakura Marae has also been named in the Marae Infrastructure Programme, which will target four marae each year over a decade as part of a plan to support them as safe and healthy spaces for whānau.

The programme will focus on repair, maintenance and upgrade works to marae facilities, which include wharenui, wharekai and wharepaku.

Auckland Council Environment and Community Committee chair Councillor Penny Hulse said marae are important hubs both for Māori and the wider community.

“They are focal points for social, economic and cultural leadership, and provide opportunities to strengthen whānau connections.

“This programme focuses on improving marae and enabling them to be self-sustainable and thriving spaces. We want a partnership approach that leaves a legacy for generations to come.”

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