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Marae to Maunga

The Marae to Maunga project is part of a larger goal of creating a space on the maunga (mountain) where our community comes together to celebrate our culture, history & share learning together.

We are working very closely with local iwi to ensure that our initiatives in this space are respectful & inclusive.

what we're doing NOW

  • For this winter, five carved pou were placed on our maunga, connecting our culture & heritage to our five core Cardrona values.
  • Tukutuku panels will also be installed to tell rich stories of our ancestors & landscapes.
  • We’re consulting with tangata whenua to develop new ideas/ways to represent a bi-cultural New Zealand at Cardrona.
  • Priority is being given to te reo Māori as well as its tikanga.
  • Our values are explored from the perspective of their Māori meaning, creating a space for the best of both contemporary & indigenous knowledge to drive us to our goals.
  • Kapa haka, mihi, karanga & karakia are used regularly to enhance formal occasions both on & off the maunga.

what we'll be doing in THE FUTURE

  • To make Cardrona a place of welcoming, learning, community & culture, by 2024 we want to have a waharoa (gateway to the region’s history) & marae established in a place where all our community can learn & grow together.
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