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Para Kore
Manatū Mō Te Taiao

29 Poutūterangi 2021

Te Whanganui-a-Tara: He $3 miriona nā te Tahua Pūtea Taiao mā te Hapori  ki te kaupapa o Para Kore, arā, ko oranga taiao ka whakaatu i te hua o te tirohanga ao Māori me te mahi tahi ki te hapori hei tautoko i ngā kaupapa taiao”, e ai ki te Hēkeretari mō te Taiao, ki a Vicky Robertson.

“Ka tautoko tēnei pūtea i te kaupapa o Para Kore, arā, ko Whakapapa ki a Papatūānuku, kia nui ake ai te whakaakona o te hōtaka ā-marae e whakapiki ana i te mātauranga me ngā pūkenga o ngā whānau, ngā hapū, me ngā iwi hoki kia whakaheke i te parahanga ki ō rātou rohe.

“Ka whā tau te roa o te kaupapa, ko te whāinga roa ko te whakamana i ngā tāngata ki te whakarite ara whakakore i te parahanga ki ngā hapori – ki tā rātou e whakapae ai.  Kia tutuki ai tēnei whāinga ka whāia ko ngā wānanga, te arotake parahanga, te whakatika i ngā mīhini mō te tukurua me te tautoko a te kaiārahi ā haere ake nei.

“He honore ki a mātou ko te mahi tahi ki a Para Kore nō rātou e whakawhānui ake ana i tā rātou mahi whaitake ki ngā hapori maha” tā Vicky Roberston kōrero.

“He koke nui tēnei mō Para Kore. Mā tēnei pūtea ka nui ake tā mātou tautoko i ngā marae me ngā hononga huri noa i Aotearoa kia whakahekehia ā rātou para,” tā te Kaiwhakahaere Matua o Para Kore, tā Jacqui Forbes.

“Mā te tirohanga Māori tō mātou hōtaka mātauranga auaha e whakahaere, ā, ka āwhina ki te whakarerekē i ngā tukanga tuku parahanga rangitahi, tuku parahanga ki wāhi kē, me te tuku pa ra ahumahi e tino whakatūroro ana i te tāngata, i a Papatūānuku anō hoki.

“He mea whakahirahira te tautoko i te tuku mātauranga kia aro pū ki ngā hapori Māori. Ka ngana a Para Kore ki te whakamāori i ngā tikanga a te ao Māori, arā, ko te whakaū i ō tātou hononga ki te taiao me te manaaki hoki i te ao tūroa.

“Ko te tino haumate o te taiao e kainamu ana, ā, me mātua aro ki te mātauranga Māori. Ka mutu, e mōhio ana a Para Kore me aro ki tō mātou whakapapa kia mōhio ai me pēhea te hāpai i ngā haepapa,” te kōrero whakakapi a Jacqui Forbes.

Ko tā te Community Environment Fund he whakamana i te hunga o Aotearoa ki te whakatika ake i te taiao. Ka tautoko i ngā kaupapa e whakapakari ana i te mahi tahi mō te taiao, te whakatipu mōhiotanga mō te taiao, me te akiaki i te tangata kia uru atu ki ngā kaupapa taiao a te hapori.

Nō te tau 2009 ka mahi tahi a Para Kore ki ngā marae ki te whakatipu i ngā tikanga mauroa, hangarua, me te wairākau. Kei ngā marae me ngā hinonga 541 i ngā rohe 17 huri noa i te Ika a Māui, me te Tauihu-o-te-Waka-a-Māui.

Ka tautokona hoki a Para Kore e te pūtea a Te Tahua Whakaheke Para nā te Kāwanatanga.

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$3 million to support low-waste marae-based initiative

Para Kore
Ministry for the Environment

29 March 2021

Wellington: A $3 million grant from the Community Environment Fund to Para Kore’s oranga taiao (healthy environment) project demonstrates the potential of te ao Māori approaches and grass roots partnership to support environmental progress,” says Secretary for the Environment Vicky Robertson.

“This funding will support Para Kore’s Whakapapa ki a Papatūānuku project to scale up the delivery of an amazing marae-based education and training programme that supports whānau, hapū and iwi to reduce waste in their rohe.

“The project will run for four years with the long-term goal of empowering people to design waste out of their communities – on their own terms. This is achieved through an empowering and inclusive approach featuring wānanga (workshops), waste audits, installation of reuse equipment and on-going mentoring.

“We are honoured to be partnering with Para Kore as they expand and take their special mahi to more communities.” said Vicky Robertson.

“This is a big step forward for Para Kore. This grant will enable us to support even more marae and organisations across Aotearoa to reduce their waste,” says Para Kore’s General Manager Jacqui Forbes. 

“Our innovative, educational programme is delivered from a Māori worldview and helps to ‘de-normalise’ the throwaway, linear, industrialised systems which are so harmful to people and Papatūānuku.

“It’s important to support the transmission of knowledge so that it is appropriately centralised around Māori communities. Para Kore works to normalise te ao Māori practices which includes strengthening our connection with the environment and caring for the natural world.

“In the face of extreme environmental degradation, the need to draw on and build mātauranga Māori is essential. As such, Para Kore realises the need to engage in our whakapapa to inform how we carry out our responsibilities,” concluded Jacqui Forbes.

The Community Environment Fund empowers New Zealanders to make a positive difference to the environment. It supports projects that strengthen environmental partnerships, raise environmental awareness and encourage participation in environmental initiatives in the community.

Since 2009, Para Kore has worked with marae to increase the reuse, recycling and composting of materials. The programme operates in 541 marae and other organisations in 17 regions throughout North Island and the top of South Island. 

The Government also supports Para Kore through the Waste Minimisation Fund.

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Media contact

Para Kore
021 043 1127
jacqui@parakore.maori.nz 

Ministry for the Environment
Mobile 027 231 6930
media@mfe.govt.nz

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