Sug­ges­tions wel­comed for eco marae

Western Leader - - HEALTH & WELLBEING - TORIKA TOKALAU

Te Atatu¯ ’s marae is a step closer to be­ing built.

Plans were be­ing drafted for the marae, which would sit on 2.5 hectares of land on Har­bourview, west Auck­land.

The re­serve land, zoned for a marae, was the sub­ject of a le­gal bat­tle in the past. Descen­dents of those who used to own the site wanted Auck­land coun­cil to sell the land back to them. The group lost their ap­pli­ca­tion in the Court of Ap­peal, and again in the Supreme Court.

Te Atatu¯ Marae Coali­tion chair­man David Ta­nenui said they could now move ahead with plans to build the marae.

‘‘It’s an as­pi­ra­tion that our lead­ers have wanted for a long time,’’ Ta­nenui said.

He hoped to fi­nalise the sign­ing of the land agree­ment by June 2018, be­fore Matariki Day. Cur­rent work has cen­tred around gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion on nec­es­sary con­sents needed for build­ing to go ahead.

Ta­nenui said it was im­por­tant to in­volve the com­mu­nity. He called on the pub­lic to con­tact them with sug­ges­tions on how they could make the marae ecofriendly, sus­tain­able and en­joy­able for all.

‘‘There’s been a lot of mis­in­for­ma­tion in the past and we just want to make sure that the com­mu­nity

‘‘It will not just be our marae, it will be a com­mu­nity marae.’’

David Ta­nenui

has the right in­for­ma­tion about where we are go­ing, what we are do­ing and how we are do­ing it.

‘‘Be­cause it will not just be our marae, it will be a com­mu­nity marae. The marae will be used by all cul­tures. It will have the Ma¯ ori kau­papa but it’s for ev­ery­one.’’

The coali­tion had re­ceived sev­eral good sug­ges­tions for the de­sign, in­clud­ing an un­der­ground car park and hav­ing the marae built half­way un­der­ground for sus­tain­able heat­ing.

‘‘If we are all on the same page, that would be awe­some. We don’t want to rock the boat any­where we are an anti-rock the boat marae. We don’t want to get into any­body’s faces and we’d love more ideas to come through.’’

Hen­der­son-Massey Lo­cal Board’s first maori mem­ber Will Flavell said the marae was an ex­cit­ing ven­ture that would ben­e­fit the whole com­mu­nity. Lo­cal board chair­man Shane Hen­der­son said they strongly sup­ported a marae and would hold con­sul­ta­tions with the com­mu­nity for a mas­ter­plan for Har­bourviewOrangi­hina.

TORIKA TOKALAU/STUFF

Te Atatu¯ Marae Coali­tion’s David Ta­nenui over­looks the site at Har­bourview.

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