Development of the Waihi Community Marae as a Cultural and Learning Centre

This project would include Mäori carvings, Tukutuku panels and Köwhaiwhai depicting the unique heritage and history of Waihi coupled with the establishment of a learning centre focussed on the teaching and learning of traditional Mäori art forms.

The project addresses a specific need within the Mäori community of Waihi, while at the same time creating a unique opportunity for the wider community of Waihi.

It addresses the need for the Mäori population of Waihi to complete the marae complex and establish their turangawaewae (place to stand) where they can celebrate the significant contributions of their tüpuna (ancestors) and themselves to the unique history and heritage of Waihi.

The project will also create the opportunity for the history of Waihi, as a whole, to be recorded and displayed in perpetuity, using customary and traditional Mäori art forms.

The completion of the Waihi Community Marae and the provision of a learning centre based at the Marae would help to create a cultural centre for Waihi. This centre, based on Mäori customs, practices and perspectives, will be underpinned by the common thread which binds our community; the unique heritage, history and future which makes Waihi.