Marae from Franklin to Piopio are participating in the Para Kore programme, in an effort to reduce waste, recycle and compost, all for the betterment of the environment.
There are currently 35 marae participating, including Te Kotahitanga Marae in Te Kohanga, Ngã Hau e Whã in Pukekohe and Ngã Tai e Rua in Tuakau. Over 60 tonnes has been diverted from landfills through recycling and composting.
“We started implementing our programme in the Waikato, Hauraki, Maniapoto and Raukawa regions in 2009, and marae from across the region have shown a keen interest as waste minimisation is not only good for the environment, but there is also a financial incentive for marae given the cost associated with waste disposal. When it comes to food scraps, some marae opt for composting, while others feed pigs,” says Para Kore waste advisor, Pine Campbell.
“With support from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund, Trust Waikato and Iwi, we have been able to up-skill our people and also provide our Para Kore resources, like bins and signs in Te Reo Mãori, to participating marae.” Para Kore, which means zero waste, is about closing the loop and Pine says that marae are also looking at ways to avoid making waste in the first place, which includes growing gardens. “The marae have reduced their waste to landfill by over 50 per cent, which is an awesome achievement,” concludes Pine Campbell. For those who are interested in learning more about the initiative, visit, www.parakore.maori.nz