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THE project to build a wharenui (meeting house)
at an Otorohanga marae one kawakawa leaf at a
time is growing.
Taarewaanga Marae on Ouruwhero Rd, features
a kawakawa fundraising tree on the wall of its nga
maumahara (memorial hall) with people invited
to buy a $500 leaf (Waitomo News, December 3).
To date the tree has 25 leaves, each named for
Helping drive the project is Moana Turner whose
grandmother Mahuri Pounamu established the
marae. The kawakawa leaf project is also sup-
ported by University of Waikato senior lecturer
and marae chairman Tom Roa.
Taarewaanga is his mother’s marae.
A number of other fundraising events have also
“Last year we held four Friday night dinners
with entertainment by family members, giving
people the chance to get together at the marae
and catch up at the end of a busy week,” says Ms
“Each dinner has raised between $1000-$2000.
“We also held a whanau-focused gala day in
December which raised $4000.”
$20,000 SO FAR
She says to date the Wharenui Fund has reached
$20,000 towards its $250,000 goal.
ONE BY ONE: University of Waikato senior lecturer and Taarewaanga Marae chairman
Tom Roa and fundraising project organiser Moana Turner with the kawakawa tree which is
raising money, once sponsored leaf at a time, for Taarewaanga Marae’s new wharenui. FILE
BUILDING consent applications in the last
quarter of 2015 for the Waitomo and Otorohanga
districts totalled more than $17 million.
An application for the building of the $10.3m
offender employment facility at Waikeria Prison
boosted the figures for the Otorohanga district
whose consents at the same time the previous
year were just under $5m.
Consents for nine new homes and five out-
buildings on rural properties were issued in the
Applications for consents are slightly down for
the Waitomo district, but the value $2.9m is up
on the same quarter the previous year.
Among the 30 consents issued, two were for
new homes and one for a relocatable home.
Six were for outbuildings on farm proper-
ties, while one was for the installation of a 55
The remaining consents were for additions to
buildings and other regulatory requirements.
Twenty-one resource consent applications
were granted for the Otorohanga District Coun-
cil catchment from October-December.
The most notable was from the Waikato Dis-
trict Council for local consent to engage in river
management activities for the Waipa River.
In the Waitomo district, four applications
were granted for the same period and include
an upgrade of an existing telecommunications
facility at Eight Mile Junction.
At this stage the plan is to erect a
building frame with side covers as a
temporary for marae events.
It will later form the base of a cov-
ered walkway between the wharenui
and the wharekai (dining room).
Ms Turner says the next fundrais-
ing dinner is this month, and will
bi-monthly and another gala day is
Leaf project growing
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