Whangamatā Community Marae/Hub Project

Whangamata Community Hub Marae Concept Design 2018

Above: 2018 concept design presented to the Whangamatā Community Board.

The Whangamatā Community Marae/Hub is a community-driven project, which was initiated  in 2012 by the Whangamatā Community Marae Trust. It's vision is to establish a marae facility for all residents within the Whangamatā area: The current site of interest where the Trust would like the Marae/Hub to be situated is on Council owned land at 101 Lindsay Road. Check out their Facebook page for more information - facebook.com/Whangamatamarae.

Background on the project and relationship with our Council:

2021

Council agreed at it's 9 February 2021 meeting that the sale of 101 Lindsay Road should be included as part of 2021-2031 Long Term Plan Consultation Document. Having discussed three options for the Consultation Document, the Council chose Option 1 as their preferred option: 

  • Option 1 – Declare the land surplus, proceed to sell the land, and use the funds to reduce debt. 
  • Option 2 – Retain the land and investigate possible commercial uses to generate revenue.
  • Option 3 – Retain the land and investigate possible community uses. 

2020 

  • The Whangamatā Community Plan was adopted. The Plan identified a Community Hub as a project the community wished to see happen (page 12). These aspirations filter into priorities for the Council’s Long Term Plan. 
  • In November 2020 the Board recommended to Council that it approve in principle, 101 Lindsay Road, Whangamatā as a suitable site for the Whangamatā Community Marae/Hub subject to Iwi and community consultation.

2019        

  • In early 2019 an offer of assistance of $5,000 for consultant costs was made to the Whangamatā Community Marae for review of the Trust’s business case. Alan Wilcox was engaged as the consultant and produced a report entitled Review of Proposed Marae Facility in Whangamatā. This was provided to the Council’s Governance & Strategy Group Manager in November 2019.

2018

  • After a business case was presented to the Whangamatā Community Board in February 2018, the Mayor and CEO suggested finance staff look at the business case. 
  • Corporate Services Group Manager and Strategy and Governance Group Manager met with the Whangamatā Marae Committee and provided them feedback in preparation for a Business Case presentation at a Council Workshop on 7 August 2018. 
  • At the 18 September 2018 Council meeting the request by the Whangamatā Community Marae Trust to lease 101 Lindsay Rd, Whangamatā, was declined and staff were directed to research other options for the property and the Marae.

2016 

  • The Giblin Group Report was presented to the Whangamatā Community Board in March 2016.
  • Council owned land at 101 Lindsay Road, Whangamatā was initially suggested as a site to consider and at the 7 July 2016 Whangamatā Community Board it was decided that site was not a suitable location but the Board wanted to find an alternative option. This resolution was later rescinded.

2013

  • A request to hold a hui between the Whangamatā Community Marae Trust and Whangamatā Community Board was made to discuss the request further. At the hui, held in July 2013, the Whangamatā Community Marae expressed its view that the establishment of a local marae would benefit the whole community by bringing into Whangamatā outside organisations to hold various competitions e.g. Kapahaka, waka ama, visiting schools, sports teams, tourists and freedom campers who could be accommodated and fed at the marae. There was also a suggestion that the marae could conduct guided tours throughout Whangamatā and provide courses in carving, weaving, catering and te reo.
  • The Whangamatā Community Marae suggested they had no suitable land or buildings available in the Whangamatā area and were seeking Community Board support to identify possible locations.
  • Giblin Group were engaged by the Whangamatā Community Marae Trust to assess the need for a community Marae. According to the Giblin Group report the community marae concept has been discussed by the community for more than 40 years, but the project has not proceeded to construction, primarily due to difficulty in finding an appropriate site. 

2012

  • The Whangamatā Community Marae Trust approached Council in August 2012 with a request for a building/land to establish a local Marae.