Renovations bring marae closer to goals

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One of the next steps in Mataura’s marae re-development is to apply for funding for the renovations which require a building consent.

A 2020 Provincial Growth Fund grant of about $392,000 has been used to complete projects at Te Hono o te Ika a Maui ki Ngai Tahu marae that did not need a building consent.

The marae is partway through an estimated $3.1million upgrade which started four and a-half years ago.

The project involves restoration of the wharenui (meeting house) and wharekai (dining room).

Marae manager Maria Pera said the grant enabled work to be completed which included new windows down one side of the building, heat pumps, decking, landscaping and concreting.

“We did quite a bit – it was great.”

The meeting house was almost complete, Miss Pera said.

“There is just a few tukutuku panels that need to be done.”

All the planning for the re-development is now complete and together in one document which will be presented to funding organisations including Oranga Marae and the Department of Internal Affairs.

GHD Consultants staff are in the process of applying for building consents.

The next project which needs to be completed before more work in the dining room starts is replacing the leaking dining room roof.

“Everybody’s got to have a good hat.”

Stage three will be upgrading the ablution block, replacing the back wall of the dining room and finishing the kitchen.

There is also a ceiling and a non-weight-bearing wall which needs replacing.

The aim of the development was to restore the facility to being a “working marae”.

“We are here for the future generations .. to get this marae completed is for the little ones.

“We want to make sure the children of the future have a thriving marae – a community marae that will cater to the needs of iwi katoa which means all the [iwi].”