The Eastland Community Trust approved a distribution of $550,000 to the Te Poho o Rawiri Marae committee to contribute to its $2.7 million redevelopment.
Te Poho o Rawiri is hailed as a national treasure – often used by the region to welcome dignitaries and as an event venue for key hui and events. The redevelopment has significant benefits for the whole community through many different layers. Te Poho o Rawiri is a cultural stage and a community facility and asset serving all of us, not just Māori. Te Poho o Rawiri Marae was the first urban marae built in New Zealand, a place where education programmes, youth court justice proceedings, national meetings of Māori and non-Māori entities, and special occasions for families are held.
With this investment, we continue to celebrate the Marae’s importance in the community and ensure it continues to play this important role into the future – especially leading up to the 2019 250th anniversary of the first meeting between Māori and Pākehā. This grant will allow the first of a three stage redevelopment of this significant taonga. Stages one and two will see the redevelopment of the wharepaku and wharekai. Stage three will focus on the restoration work of the wharenui and whare karakia.