Budget 2017: Marae to get access to improvement fund

Budget 2017: Marae to get access to improvement fund

It may be a coat of paint, some much-needed repairs or providing smoke alarms but a $10 million fund to enhance marae is expected to attract plenty of interest across the motu, says Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

 "The marae is the glue that anchors us to a place and some are in need of help to ensure they continue to play their important role in communities,” says Mr Flavell who is also Māori Development Minister.

 Marae Ora - Sustaining the Marae, Sustaining the Pae aims to give the cultural and physical integrity of marae a lift. The fund is not limited to the bricks and mortar but it also considers the needs of the paepae by having marae build capacity amongst themselves to be able to maintain tikanga and uphold its mana.

 "A thriving marae fosters a united community and by giving them access to a funding stream will allow them to continue to fulfil their vital role across the motu,” says party co-leader Marama Fox.

 “They are a place for people to take refuge, for Māori and non-Māori alike, and they need to be safe, secure and healthy places for people to gather where tikanga and reo Māori are able to be given full expression.”