For Te Puni Kōkiri, marae development is about supporting marae to be thriving, self-determining entities. Each marae is unique in size, nature and structure. Identifying marae aspirations is crucial for self-determination. These may include the aspirations of iwi, hapū and whānau Māori as well as the aspirations of marae as an entity.

 Te Puni Kōkiri has conducted a range of research activities to inform and assist marae to be self-determining and sustainable into the future. These activities included assessments into the health of marae (1997 and 2009), as a way to collate information on the success factors and barriers to marae development that could inform policy development.

Early in 2012 Te Puni Kōkiri released a report: Te Ora o Te Marae 2009 - The Status of Marae in 2009 based on information collected from marae throughout Aotearoa.

 Te Puni Kōkiri provides facilitation and brokerage support for marae to access resources available from private and public sector agencies and groups. To access this support, please contact your local Te Puni Kōkiri office.  

Online information and resources that marae may find useful have been grouped together under three key areas:

Cultural Infrastructure and Capability

Cultural Infrastructure and Capability  looks at marae communities, marae heritage, mātauranga Māori and marae usage.

Physical Infrastructure and Capacity

Physical Infrastructure and Capacity which details physical access to the marae, buildings on the marae, utilities and capacity of the marae.

Administrative Infrastructure and Capability

Administrative Infrastructure and Capability which covers legal structures, trustee roles and responsibilities, financial management, insurance, project planning, workforce and external relationships.

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