Marae DIY

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa were the proud sponsors of this unique and popular television renovation show.

Staff from Te Wānanga o Aotearoa are on the road with the Marae DIY team, working with whānau around the motu on some special Toi projects.

Our marae are special places but many iwi face challenges maintaining these cultural treasures and ensuring they continue to be places the entire community can be proud of for many years to come.

Over four days, Marae DIY provides the perfect opportunity for whānau to re-connect with their marae, embrace their community and work together for the future benefit of all.

Series synopsis

Marae DIY, the show that has been uniting whānau and renovating marae for 14 years is taking aim at a more sustainable future in the latest series.

This year the main renovation aspect of each marae makeover will feature a sustainable project that reflects the overall message of kaitiakitanga.

It could be protecting waterways, sourcing natural materials, establishing māra kai, using more efficient energy systems or reducing, recycling or reusing waste.

Over four days, the whānau and community come together with one common goal, to awhi (care for) their marae and they’ll be learning new skills themselves as the Marae DIY crew teach them how to make waxed fabric wraps, source kai from the land, eliminate waste and show them other areas they can help keep their marae sustainable.

We’ll also be bringing in experts in these fields to discuss the benefits of these actions and the gains they’ll be making for many years to come.

However, what isn’t changing about Marae DIY is the fact that whakawhanaungatanga (relationships) is the korowai that wraps the show, and aroha (love) is the reason for our success. Tune in to learn more about marae makeovers around the country.


Episode seven: Mataatua Marae, Mangere

A marae for all people.

5 December, 2019

Mataatua Marae in Mangere aim to include all cultures and peoples to share Maori culture. Many whānau in the rohe live with disability, health problems, and socio economic challenges. This marae want to address the needs of their community further by making their buildings completely accessible to all.

Episode six: Waikari Marae, Tauranga

A marae facing climate change.

28 November, 2019

While the people of Ngāti Tapu enjoy spectacular views from their peninsula marae, they also face the threat of climate change to their land. Already their urupā is eroding, along with rubbish from a previous landfill, into the ocean. The DIY will bring these elements into sharp focus. Using a barge, they’ll remove rubbish from the banks and plant natives with root systems to slow erosion. Their marae buildings will also receive a radical transformation; the most dramatic change will be opening the wharekai to the stunning views.

Episode five: Te Kahika Pa, Te Puke

Utilising the land to build a strong future.

21 November, 2019

A vibrant marae with a young and collaborative Komiti who whakapapa back to four founding kuia. Te Kahika Pā is a living marae with a kohanga, papakāianga and an active role in the Te Puke community. The Marae have planted 1500 native trees, are eager to install solar, and have a long-term goal of creating employment on the marae.

Episode four: Taita Marae, Maramanui, Dargaville

Strengthening numbers and the future.

14 November, 2019

Taita Marae has a strong and proud history of service in the New Zealand military, from early pioneers to currently serving. Like all marae that enlist Marae DIY, they are looking for a way to call whānau home to do some much needed maintenance.

Episode three: Oruawharo Marae, Wellsford

A forward thinking sustainability plan for a busy marae.

7 November, 2019

An important and busy Marae used by forestry gangs, school children, matariki, social events and tangihanga. However, Oruawharo admit lacking even the basic systems to look after their waste, such as rubbish is being thrown over the back fence. The DIY is the beginning of a journey to a more sustainable approach to living and upholding kaitiakitanga.

Episode two: Taheke Marae, Hokianga

A marae boasting the birthplace of the nation and still thriving.

31 October, 2019

Located off State Highway 12, Taheke Marae has called on Marae DIY, to fix up the Whare Moi, a heavily used building which is in dire need of repair. This Ngapuhi tribe are overdue a DIY and have indicated numbers of whānau on the DIY will be well in the hundreds. This is a well organised, culturally rich and active marae which promises to deliver a programme packed with energy and aroha.

Episode one: Tapu te Ranga Marae, Island Bay, Wellington

This quirky marae – dubbed the Maori hogwarts – is also a leader in sustainability and community enrichment.

24 October, 2019

A progressive ten story, urban whānau marae, built entirely with reclaimed timber on a 300 acre block of land in central wellington, Tapu te Ranga is unusual and inspirational.

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Contact the team through the Marae DIY Facebook page

Phone 0800 355 553 from Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

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