Tēnā tātou e te whānau, tēnā hoki koutou i ō
tātou tini aitua kua wehe atu ki te pō, nō reira e
ngā mate haere, haere, haere huri noa ki a tātou
te hunga ora nō reira he mihi tēnei mō te tau
hou a tēnā anō tātou.


Thank you to all who have voiced your support and provided feedback for the next major marae building project.

While drafting the Mākirikiri Marae Development Plan (MMDP) it became apparent that it is not just a kitchen project but the renovation of “Te Kurairirangi”, our wharekai complex.

The final Mākirikiri Marae Development Plan dated 31 January outlines the need to not just renovate the kitchen area but the rest of that building complex.

This updated MMDP is available by emailing Carol for a copy. The updated MMDP will also be available on the Te Wirihana and Te Muri Paewai Facebook page.

“Te Kurairirangi” has a long history, originally situated at Tahoraiti. It was then moved to Mākirikiri. Then a hall was purchased by the Marae Komiti and re-sited next to Te Kurairirangi. Renovation work commenced turning these two buildings into one kitchen and dining complex. However, it is now timely for a comprehensive renovation and design of a purpose-built facility.

A funding application has recently been submitted seeking Stage 2 Technical/Feasibility Support. This will enable the Mākirikiri Marae Komiti to access funding to enable the research and design into what will best serve us as the marae whānau. If there are whānau who are keen to get involved in this project please contact the Building sub-committee chairman Stephen Paewai

Latest news from your Marae Komiti . . .
Recent good news was our marae was the recipent of $23,000 funding grant from the Community Capabilities Resilence Fund. This will allow your committee to finally try to resolve the sewerage problems which are unfortunately becoming a far too regular occurance.

This funding will also enable us to purchase more mattresses, pillows and linen to replace the skinny mattresses, the kapox pillows and worn sheets.

Marae lawns – we are seeking volunteers who will take over the responsibility of the marae lawns being regularly mowed and maintained. Contact the Chairman Barry Walker if you can assist. Email:

A big thank you to Jo and Pat Henderson who for the last few years took on the responsibility of ensuring the lawns have been mowed and kept tidy. A big job and committment which is appreciated.


Love gardening? Want a challenge? …
Seeking volunteers who would like to get involved with maintaining the gardens including the vegetable and herb gardens etc. There will be petty cash available to purchase plants to beautify and maintain the marae grounds. It’s rewarding work, healthy and outdoors, and provides an opportunity to unlease your creative flair. Interested . . . Email the Marae Chairman Barry Walker, or organise a working bee and let’s all pitch in together.

Working Bees
There is always on-going work to be done around our marae, from lawns, to gardens, to spring cleaning, stock taking kitchen crockery and equipment etc. If anyone wants to organise a working bee, please contact the komiti and let’s make it a fun whānau day at the marae. And finishing off all that hard work with either firing up the BBQ or Hangi cooker. Contact Barry or Stephen.

Mākirikiri Marae Komiti Building Account
Contributions, fundraising or koha towards the new wharekai complex will be greatly appreciated.

Contact the Marae Komiti Secretary for bank account details to deposit any funds for the wharekai renovations.

No reira e te whanau hoki mai ki te tautoko i te
kaupapa nei.

Nau te rourou Naku te rourou Kia ora ai te iwi.
Aku mihi mahana ki a koutou.

The Mihaere farm has been sold and I’ve entered into a contract to buy approximately 2 hectares surrounding the urupa. The purchase price is $60,076.00 plus GST. There will be some additional costs eg. legal fees. There is to be a meeting at the Mākirikiri Marae on Sunday 28 February 2021 at 3pm to discuss the purchase plus the future maintenance of the urupa.

I have spoken to a number of the extended whānau about the purchase with the hope they would speak to other whānau members about this proposal. I’m pleased to say
everyone has been supportive of the project.

The area being purchased is larger than necessary but the benefits are our moko will not have the issue of lack of space for future burials. The urupa can be expanded in any direction allowing families to stay together, there will be off road parking and it is intended to have a grazing lease which will provide an annual income for the maintenance of the urupa.

The settlement is at the end of April and I hope every family will contribute towards the purchase price. A job that has to be completed by 30 April is to bring the new western and southern boundary fences up to a boundary standard so a couple of wires and battens need to be added to the current fences hopefully this can be done by a whānau working bee.

All this will be fully explained at the hui on 28 February meanwhile if you have any questions I can be contacted on 021 165 8685 or

If you have any queries please contact Stephen Paewai on 021 165 8685 or email