Auckland Council’s Parks, Arts, Community and Events Committee has approved allocation of funding from its 2022/2023 Cultural Initiatives Fund: a fund for marae and papakāinga/Māori housing development in Tāmaki Makaurau. “Marae are a critical cultural connection for mana whenua and Māori communities,” says Councillor Alf Filipaina. “In addition, marae manaaki (host) the wider community in times of need. As the region grows and we look to build more resilience, marae are playing an ever-increasing role.”