Marae Building Project
Pakanae Marae Development Project Update
During 2004 / 2005 Pakanae Marae developed a long-term plan aimed at upgrading its buildings and facilities. This has become perhaps the single largest undertaking by our marae in some 50 years, and has called upon the highest levels of commitment and dedication by all whanau linked to our marae.
That perseverance, untold hours of work, and dedicated fundraising saw the marae secure significant grants from the ASB Trust and Lotteries. Those grants enabled us to begin the first phase of work – a new whare kai, ablution block, and waste water system - which began with the closing of the marae on Sunday 17 December 2006.
The very next day work began on slowly dismantling buildings, upgrading access for heavy machinery, and clearing the site. Three months later that work by our own marae whanau was completed, and construction by our contractors JDJ Builders started on 12 March 2007.
Six months later all work had been completed and on Saturday 8 December 2007, less than a year after closing, hundreds gathered for the opening our new whare kai.
During 2007, whilst the first phase of construction was under way, the Marae Committee were asked to look at building a new whare hui.
As a result plans were completed and approved by the Marae Trustees, and Marae Committee, and in addition to the whare hui other smaller areas of work including a new storage room / whare tupoupou, upgraded entrance ways, and covered walkways, were needed to fully complete this part of the marae development plan. Below are the estimates obtained in 2008 for that work:
At that time the marae did not have sufficient funds of its own to make any applications for grants, and so over the past 4 years our marae has slowly been gathering its putea together.
As that putea has now grown the Marae Committee can now seriously look at completing Phase 2. Some of the work the Committee will need to now look at will include:
Pakanae Marae Building Committee
PHASE 1 - Wharekai and amenities