9 Oct 2020

9 October 2020


Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou chairman, Selwyn Parata, today acknowledged the Government’s support for initiatives to develop Ngati Porou and East Coast Communities.

“I want to especially thank regional development minister, Shane Jones, for ensuring the East Coast got a decent portion of the Provincial Growth Fund,” says Mr Parata.

“Through the PGF we will see a programme of repairs and renovations for almost all of the marae across Tairawhiti, including 42 Ngati Porou marae,and St Marys  Church Tikitiki” he said. 

“The programme will also deliver training and qualifications for as many as 150 local people, who could then carry on into formal trades training or other work”.

Mr Parata says the Labour-led government, with coalition partners NZ First and the Green Party, is fulfilling its promise to support the provinces. 

A $2m loan, also from the PGF, will be used to develop a Ngati Porou honey extraction plant on the East Coast which, in turn, will keep more of the manuka work and profits in the local community. 

In 2019, the Government also committed $5m from the 1 Billion Trees fund for further erosion control projects in the Waiapu catchment, while, in August, the conservation minister, Eugenie Sage, announced a $34m fund to restore forests in the Raukumara.

“These funded projects will not only help us to care for our marae and whenua, they will enable new jobs and training pathways for local whanau,” says Mr Parata. 

“This will be crucial to the efforts of local households and whanau to be more resilient in the face of economic shocks like those caused by COVID-19.”