Marae Support


Tooku marae, tooku tuurangawaewae.
Our marae are vibrant and self-sufficient.

Te Paa Whakawairua

Supporting our 68 marae to design and drive their own sustainable models of growth to achieve mana motuhake.

Our Whakatupuranga 2050 vision is that our 68 marae are selfsufficient in all ways. Our focus is to support marae to identify their aspirations and provide resources which will allow them to map their own pathways forward to achieve their vision for mana motuhake. This must be led and directed by marae, and where required supported by Waikato-Tainui and external partners. Te Paa Whakawairua is our approach to this (previously Oranga Marae) and has been adopted to reflect our Waikato-Tainui centric approach and model.

Te Paa Whakawairua Project Lead – Jason Kereopa
Contact: [email protected]

Tongi Maara Installation

Waananga were recently facilitated with Taniwha, Te Kotahitanga and Tauranganui Marae who are completing the installation of Tongi Maara on their sites.

The installations allow Marae whaanau to share stories and practically care for the many plants identified in Ngaa Tongi aa Taawhiao. The programme led by Rangitiaho Mahuta (Tauranganui Marae) and Sam Toka (Taniwha Marae) included the physical installation of Tongi Maara as well as online waananga to discuss the use of Tongi at each marae, and the physical uses and maintenance of plants such as Maahoe, Kawariki and Rengarenga at each Marae.

The Marae are looking forward to being able to have physical waananga with their whaanau to ensure these Taonga Tuku Iho are cared for and used by the hands of their marae members through physical mahi in the maara, and through the hearts of their marae members through the use of tongi in karakia and whaikoorero.

Marae Grants

  • Poukai Grant
  • Tikanga Ora Reo Ora (TORO) Grant
  • Taiao Grant
  • Annual Marae Grant
  • Paa Whakawairua Fund
  • Amohia Ake Grant
See all Grants

Marae Insurance

Waikato-Tainui has an insurance programme to ensure our marae have insurance that is affordable and offers peace of mind.

Marae Insurance