At the recent Mākirikiri Marae AGM, held on Sunday 13 September 2020 the whānau endorsed a new project by the Building sub-committee and Marae Komiti, the building and or renovation of a new marae kitchen.

It is anticipated that this project will take a minimum of two years of fundraising before any building begins.

This pānui is the first step, to advise and get the support from whānau. Your support, in principal, thru whānau fundraising projects and by supporting marae fundraising projects is required.

The second step is planning the fundraising campaign. There will be two parts to the fundraising campaign, funding applications for grants for marae capital building project. The three main grant funders will be Department of Internal Affairs and Te Puni Kōkiri who jointly manage the Oranga Marae fund. Eastern & Central Community Trust is another funder who provide funding support as minor partners.

The Mākirikiri Marae Development Plan 2014 – 2023 has been drafted and is available to comment and feedback. Please email Carol Paewai for a copy.


The second part is whānau and marae fundraising. We need the support and tautoko of whānau members. Every $1 is a step towards a new kitchen for our marae.

The Building sub-committee, chaired by Stephen Paewai will operate in a similar manner to the previous Ablution building project. Their task will be to plan and fundraise. They report back to the Marae Komiti and to the whānau.

The Marae Komiti is represented on the Building sub-committee by both the Chairman Barry Walker and the Secretary Carol Paewai. If there are whānau who are keen to get involved please contact Stephen.

Monthly meetings will be conducted online via ZOOM. The first meeting will be in December, date tbc. Please email thru if you’d like to be included in the Zoom hui.

Your support in principle to a new marae kitchen facility is sought. It is also a requirement of the funding process therefore it would appreciated if you could please email your support to Stephen Paewai


It is anticipated that the marae whānau will need to raise approximately $40 – $50,000. A general rule of thumb is that for each $1 raised enables us to access an extra $2.

Mākirikiri Marae Komiti Building Account
Bank: ANZ Bank. Branch:Dannevirke
Account Name: Makirikiri Marae Komiti
Account: 06 – 0613 – 00058627 – 000

Contributions, fundraising or koha towards the new kitchen can be deposited into the above accounts. Please ensure you provide your name and details as the reference. Regular updates on fundraising will be provided.

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

Stephen Paewai, Chair – Building sub-committee


Latest Marae Updates
Recently some new equipment and improvements have been undertaken by the Marae Committee. These include:
– Two heat pumps in the wharenui,
– Exterior lighting installed from the entrance along
the fence, and
– Improved lighting in the wharenui.

The marae also benefited from a Marae Digital Connectivity Fund, receiving a 65” Monitor, Video Conferencing facility and WiFi connection. It was first trialled at the recent AGM.

Work-in-progress is a Mākirikiri Marae website and online booking system.

Got some free time, IT, graphic, artistic skills, enjoy gardening, enjoy working in the kitchen, fundraising skills . . . then consider volunteering for your Marae Committee.


An opportunity has arisen with the proposed sale of the Mihaere farm to acquire extra land for the extension of the urupa. An offer has been made to purchase approximately 2 hectares of land that surrounds the urupa. This is more than would be required however it provides certainty for future generations, the boundaries of the current urupa can
be extended in four directions, the surplus land can be leased providing some income for ongoing maintenance and off road parking can be provided when required.

The cost of the purchase is estimated to be between $50,000 and $70,000. This includes legal fees, survey costs and fencing. The final price will not be known until the farm is sold. The hope is that each whanau contribute to the cost of the purchase.

The urupa title is in the name of Mini Takana and Whaingaroa Wirihana. The intention is to merge the
2 blocks into one title and then have the land set aside as a Maori reservation for the purposes of an urupa. At the same time the Maori Land Court will be asked to appoint trustees for the block.

In the New Year we will call a meeting of the extended whanau to discuss the purchase and the process to achieve those points outlined in the preceding paragraph.

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