Marae Sustainability Initiatives Fund
What is the Marae Sustainability Fund?
The Marae Sustainability Fund provides financial support towards the maintenance of Marae belonging to qualifying Iwi and Hapū. The fund for 2018/19 is $50,000.
Why is Council offering the Marae Sustainability Fund?
Iwi and Hapū tend to use their Marae as community meeting places, while also paying rates for the provision of Council-funded community halls. There is reduced demand for these Council facilities as a result, and in some cases Marae are also offered as community hubs. In light of this, Council established this fund to assist with the maintenance of those Marae.
Who can apply to the Marae Sustainability Fund?
Iwi or Hapū who own land within Western Bay Council boundaries can apply for this fund, including for Marae situated outside of our District. However, priority will be given to Marae that are located within the Council boundaries.
What can the Marae Sustainability Fund be used for?
Applications may be made for the following purposes:
• External works (protection of the fabric of the building ensuring it is structurally sound and watertight)
• Health and safety (work that ensures the building is safe and secure for all using it; includes electricity work, faulty floor boards, plumbing and lighting, etc.)
• Hygiene (matters related primarily to drainage, kitchens, bathrooms and toilet areas)
• Interior structure (walls, ceilings and the internal structures not already covered by the areas above)
- Grounds Sustainability (such as internal footpaths/walkways).
The Fund is not available for the following purposes:
- Capital works – such as new buildings/projects
- Utilities (such as water and power use charges) and ongoing costs not associated with maintenance.