Marae Tautoko

​Our marae are busy centres of whanau and hapu life. They play host to numerous  whanau gatherings; cater for community hui and events; and manaaki visitors from around the motu.  For marae to continue to play an important role in our lives, they need our support to keep maintained and fully functioning.

Electricity bills need to be paid;  pillow and sheets need to be replaced;  the marae’s mower needs to be repaired; the ablution block needs to be upgraded: the list of tasks to be checked off is never-ending.

To help our marae commitees and marae whanau to support our marae,  we have gathered a kete of resources and advice together below. If you have more information to add to this kete please contact us here.


Marae Grants

In acknowledgement of the vital role our marae play in our communities, the board of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou have committed $5 million over the next five years (2013–2018) to be distributed to 48 Ngati Porou marae.

This allocation works out to $100,000 per marae over a 5 year period, or when spread out annually $20,000 per annum. In addition the Board has also approved a one off capital grant of $10,000 for each Marae engaged in capital or restoration works.

Marae Grant Funding Application dates.

  • Close 20th September – Payment date 20th October
  • Close 20th December – Payment date 20th January
  • Close 20th March – Payment date 20th April
  • Close 20th June – Payment date 20th July

For more information about Marae Grants funding please contact Leeanne Morice at Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, tel 06 8649 004 or

Ngati Porou Marae Kaitakawaenga

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou have appointed a Ngati Porou Marae Kaitakawaenga to support vibrant sustainable marae, and engaged whanau and hapu.

Their role is to help:

  • provide high quality advice, facilitation, information and funding services
  • identify marae aspirations and goals
  • ensure optimal use of grant funding

For advice and support  please contact Leeanne Morice at Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, tel 06 8649 004 or

Nati Power

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou and energy provider Contact Energy have signed an agreement to establish Nati Power . For  every Ngāti Porou household registered with Nati Power (they can either be an existing or new customer of Contact to register), $50 will be contributed by the company to help pay for the electricity and gas bills of our marae. The more people who sign up by December 31st, 2014, the more contributions will be generated. To find out more about how you can register for Nati Power, and help power up our marae go to

Nati Insure

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou have partnered with Aon Insurance to create a collective Marae Insurance scheme to provide lower premiums for Ngati Porou marae.For more information click here.

Other Marae Resources

Department of Internal Affairs Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities grants are available for one-off projects and projects that are part of a programme for phased improvement of marae-based facilities. These may be capital works projects or conservation projects.

Audine Grace-Kutia (Community Advisor)
Department of Internal Affairs
Tel: 06 868 1971 extn: 6264
Address: 77 Peel Street

Gisborne District Council

Community Development support provided by the GDC, including administration of Creative Communities Funding.

Also funding advise and support. The GDC can provide access to the  Fund View Database.

Yvette Kinsella (Community Development Officer) or Julie Conder (Contracts & Funding Advisor)
Gisborne District Council
Tel 06 867 2049
Email: or
Address: Fitzherbert Street, GISBORNE

Te Puni Kokiri

Funding available for activities which build whānau capability, strengthen whānau connections, support the development of whānau leadership and enhance best outcomes for whānau.

Kemara Keelan (Information Advisor)
Te Puni Kokiri Tairawhiti
Tel: 06 868 0208
Cell: 027 589 6368
Address: Nga Wai E Rua Building, Cnr Reads Quay & Lowe Street, GISBORNE

Eastland Community Trust

Community Initiatives Funding ranges from $5000 to $5000.

Leighton Evans (General Manager)
260 Gladstone Road (at the rear of Visique Eastland Eyecare)
Tel: (06) 867 2640

Eastern & Central Community Trust Donations by ECCT are for charitable, cultural, philanthropic and recreational projects or services. If a community group identifies a special need and shows a commitment to helping itself, it will receive consideration.

Raewynne Jacobs (Donations Assessor)
Eastern and Central Community Trust
Tel: 0800 8787200
Address: P O Box 1058
Hastings 4156

NZ Fire Service

Protection of marae from fire discussed ie. Smoke Alarms, Sprinkler Systems, Evacuation plans and fire safety procedures.

Free Marae Fire Safety reports offered to all marae by NZ Fire Service ( 0800 MAHUIKA).

Local community members encouraged to join as volunteers.

Kereamu Katu (Pou Takawaenga Māori / Māori Liaison Officer)
NZ Fire Service
Tel:  07 349 4765 or 0800 MAHUIKA
Cell:  0274 715 008
Address: Rotorua Fire Station, 19 Biak Street, PO Box 117, Rotorua
J N Williams Memorial Trust / H B Williams Turanga Trust The Trusts are there to give a “helping hand” to charitable organisations and groups who service a need in the community. This need must be “charitable “ in its legal sense, which means that your organisation and project must in some way be connected with welfare, education, religious activity, or have some other purpose which is generally beneficial to the community. Roland Matthews  (grants manager)
Tel 06 869 1431
Postal  P O Box 169
Gisborne 4040
Chartered accountants
1 Peel Street