Ngāti Parewahawaha great example of a thriving community

The Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta has congratulated Parewahawaha Marae for the outstanding leadership it has shown rebuilding the local community in Bulls.   

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Housing Network has invested $1.851m into the community in the past three years to repair 17 whare which included kaumātua flats, whānau homes and the development of a four home papakāinga.  

“Like many communities Ngāti Parewahawaha is taking a broader approach to whānau-led community development,” says Hon Nanaia Mahuta. 

“The rōpū managing these projects are working with whānau around rebuilding their marae community. They are also giving whānau the opportunity to gain skills such as basic building maintenance skills to support work on whānau homes into the future. 

“More than fifty years ago Ngāti Parewahawaha established the marae and now the next generation is taking on leadership roles to continue to support the marae and reinvigorate the community. 

“The Richardson whānau are now continuing their Dad’s dream to have a thriving community centred on Parewahawaha marae, by establishing a papakāinga.” 

Pita Richardson was the last of the original trustees and one of the last descendants to hold continuous ahi kaa for the whenua.   

“He was one of the founding trustees involved in the building of the marae 50 years ago and now his tamariki and mokopuna keep the paepae warm and are returning to live in the area. 

“Heneti Hammond, daughter of one of the founding trustees, now lives in the flats that are located next door to the marae and is the kaikaranga for the marae. She says it’s ‘awesome’ that the repairs have reignited the community spirit,” says Nanaia Mahuta.

Anō te tino tauira o te hapori tino ora, ora rawa atu nei a Ngāti Parewahawaha 

Kua rere te kupu whakamiha a te Minita Whanaketanga Māori a Nanaia Mahuta ki te Marae o Parewahawaha me ana mahi rangatira i te whakapakaritanga anō o te hapori ā-rohe ki Ō-hine-puhiawe (Bulls).  

Kua whakapau Te Whatunga Whare o Te Puni Kōkiri (Te Puni Kōkiri Housing Network) i te $1.851 miriona tāra ki te hapori i ngā tau e toru kua pahure ake nei ki te whakatikatika i ngā whare tekau mā whitu, ko ngā whare kaumātua ērā, ko ngā whare whānau ērā, me te whakawhanaketanga o tētahi papakāinga me ōna whare e whā.  

“Pērā ki ngā tini hapori huri noa, huri noa he whānui kē te aronga o Ngāti Parewahawaha ki tēnei whakaaro, o te whānau e whakahaere ana i te whakawhanaketanga o te hapori,” tā Nanaia Mahuta. 

“E mahi ana te rōpū e whakahaere ana i ēnei kaupapa ki te taha o ngā whānau mō te whakapakaritanga ake anō o tā rātou hapori o te marae. Kua whakarite huarahi hoki kia taea ai e ngā whānau te ako pūkenga pērā ki ngā pūkenga waiwai o te tautiaki whare kia pai ai te tautoko i ngā mahi ki runga i ngā whare o te whānau haere ake nei, haere ake nei. 

“Neke atu i te rima tekau tau ki muri i puta te marae ki te whai ao, ki te ao mārama, nā Ngāti Parewahawaha, nāna i tū, ā, kua tū mai te whakatipuranga o muri iho ki te ārahi i te iwi, te hāpai tonu i ngā mahi a te marae, otirā, te whakaohooho, te whakakorikori hoki i te mauri o te hapori. 

“Kei te kawe tonu te whānau Richardson i te moemoeā a tō rātou Pāpā, arā, tētahi hapori tino ora, ora rawa atu nei e arotau ana ki te marae o Parewahawaha, mā te whakatūtanga mai a tētahi papakāinga.” 

Ko te whakamutunga o ngā kaitiaki taketake a Pita Richardson, ka mutu, ko ia tētahi o ngā uri whakaheke whakamutunga, he ahi kaa mauroa ki te whenua.  

“Ko ia tētahi o ngā kaitiaki tuatahi, o te rōpū nāna te marae i hanga e rima tekau tau ki muri, ināianei, kua riro ma ōna tamariki mokopuna te paepae e whakamahana, ā, kua tīmata rātou te hokihoki mai ki te rohe, ki reira noho ai. 

“Ko Heneti Hammond, tamāhine o tētahi o ngā kaitiaki tuatahi, kei konei ia e noho ana ināianei i ngā whare e tū ana ki te taha noa o te marae, nō reira kua riro māna te mahi a te kaikaranga o te marae. "Ka mutu pea!” tana kī, nā aua mahi whakatikatika whare kua tūtūngia anōtia te wairua o tō mātou nei hapori,” te kī a Nanaia Mahuta.