Te Henga Marae and west Auckland rangatahi projects to receive $130,000 in funding

Publish Date : 13 Jun 2022
Te Henga

Three west Auckland projects have been awarded a combined $133,000 in funding by Auckland Councils Parks, Arts, Community and Events committee.

A total of $75,000 was awarded to the Te Kawerau Iwi Tiaki Trust (Te Henga Marae) for a feasibility report, concept design and planning to develop a marae and papakāinga in Te Henga from the council Cultural Initiatives Fund.  

Another step

Waitākere Ward Councillors Linda Cooper and Shane Henderson welcomed the decision.

“This is another step towards council’s long-standing commitment to fulfil the goal of a marae at Te Henga, following on from the transfer of land to Te Kawerau ā Maki,” says Cr Cooper.

“The funding will allow for the important work to develop the design and planning for the project so it can continue moving.

“Cr Henderson and I are both delighted at the funding award, and we look forward to seeing the plans progress.”

A basketball programme for Māori and Pasifika youth has been funded

A basketball programme for Māori and Pasifika youth has been funded

Sport and Recreation Grants

Two other west Auckland based projects also received funding through the Sport and Recreation Grants Programme, which is a region-wide fund that invests in sport and recreation projects that aims to inspire Aucklanders to be more physically active.

Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Services were awarded $33,009 to run a Basketball programme for Māori and Pasifika youth, while youth organisation Ranui 135 received $25,000 for movement programmes for youth and women.

Cr Henderson says that this funding will be put to good use.

“Our congratulations to both Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Services and Ranui 135 for their successful applications in this funding round.

“I know from personal experience that the work these two organisations do out west is fantastic and makes a real difference to the lives of our young people.

“We know how difficult it is to get funding for projects like these, and that every last dollar will be spent wisely.

“Helping our young people to develop and be positive influences in our communities is so vital, I applaud the work that is being done and hope this funding goes a long way to making a difference.”
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