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Marae gardens

Marae are natural locations for gardens to produce food and rongoa (medicinal native plants).

Below are some links to a few inspiring stories about how marae gardens are helping to meet people’s nutritional, social and spiritual needs.

A story about Waikawa Marae Maara Kai community garden


A story about Te Rau Aroha Marae’s community garden


At this link you can read about Aunty’s Garden at Waipatu Marae in Hawkes Bay


This link to a marae garden success story includes advice about how to set up a garden:


Some marae also offer formal education opportunities to learn about gardening. Auckland’s Manurewa marae, for example not only has a community garden…
(See: http://www.justonline.co.nz/~manurewa/uploads/images/Manurewa%20Marae%20Shots/Marae%20Shots%20021.jpg ) but also runs regular gardening classes:

(See: http://www.justonline.co.nz/~manurewa/index.php?page=programmes-and-classes )

Papatuanuku Marae in Mangere, Auckland was the site of the Te Waka Kai Ora (the Maori Organics Authority) hui in June 2010.  At this link marae trustee and farmer Paul Kimura offers gardening tips:



Special Offer for Community Gardens

Koanga Gardens offers a special price Community Garden Membership which includes some heirloom seeds plus two books on organic gardening.



Funding Opportunities for Marae Gardens

In 2009, a new government programme called Maara Kai was set up to provide funding to establish community gardens on Marae


The first Maara Kai option was oversubscribed, so more money was been made available for the 2010-11 year.


Funding for Maara Kai comes from the Maori Economic Taskforce.



The Maori Economic Taskforce may be contacted at this link:


The link for the documents relating to Maara Kai for 2011 may be accessed at this link.



Beautiful photo of marae garden:


Can you help improve this page?  It would be great if it could include a list of marae gardens.  If you would like to list your marae garden, please email through the contact form with the name and address or your marae, the name(s) and contact details for the people in charge of the garden and any other information that you would like to share such as a link to photos on your website.

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