A one-off grant of $10,000 for all functioning marae within the Ngati Porou rohe has been announced by Toitu Ngati Porou, the cultural development arm of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.
“Our marae are a cornerstone of our cultural fortitude and vibrancy”, said Selwyn Parata, Chair of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.
The grants are a continuation of the financial support provided by the Runanganui and Toitu Ngati Porou. This includes the $5 million previously distributed to Ngati Porou Marae.
“Our marae are busy centres of whanau and hapu life, said Patrick Tangaere, Chair of Toitu Ngati Porou.
“They play host to numerous whanau gatherings, cater for community hui and events, and manaaki visitors from around the motu.”
“Our board are progressing through a various range of kaupapa including strategic plan policies and procedures for sponsorship to better support our marae and the aspirations of hapu,” Mr Tangaere, said.
The recent outbreak of COVID-19 with Aotearoa being in Alert Level 4 has put a temporary pause on most normal marae activities. However supporting marae to keep maintained and functioning remains a priority of Toitu.
“The COVID-19 vaccination campaign by Ngati Porou Hauora has been focusing on protecting Ngati Porou Marae, whakapapa and hapu said Mr Parata
“I ask our people to go get vaccinated”.
Mr Parata says, “When we eventually return to normality, post COVID-19 lockdown, which we will do, we want our people to be able to come back to their marae safely and continue to hold hui and wananga; practice our tikanga, kawa and te reo.”
Taryne Papuni – Senior Comms Advisor
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou
Tel 022 5011002