Yesterday Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund.
Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa, Marae, Te Puni Kōkiri and Clelands Construction collaborated to complete detailed applications in a short timeframe, leading to successful outcomes for all Te Atiawa marae. These marae include Mangaemiemi, Kairau, Owae, Muru Raupatu and Katere. Kohanga Moa marae also received funding and is included in this collaboration.
The Provincial Growth Fund post COVID-19 funding is to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses. Te Kotahitanga and marae look forward to sharing progress updates over the coming weeks profiling each marae, the work to be completed and whānau, tradespeople and businesses participating in this kaupapa.
23 Taranaki marae will receive $7.4 million for upgrades while more than 300 jobs will be created.
351 marae all over the country will receive $96.5 million while more than 3100 local jobs will be created.