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Government pledges $10m for marae repairs

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/05/2017

A $10 million funding boost to repair and revitalise marae across the country will help strengthen Maori communities, the government says.

The four-year funding injection - part of this year's budget - will support the restoration of whare, repair facilities, insulate meeting houses and provide for reo and tikanga education, Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell said on Monday.

"Marae are places of refuge for our people and provide facilities to enable us to continue with our own way of life," he said.

The funding is part of a wider $27 million government package aimed at getting whanau into healthy homes, with $8m also being directed to the Maori Housing Network - Kainga Ora.

"Since it was launched in October 2015 the Maori Housing Network has supported 140 housing proposals worth $37.5 million covering a wide spectrum of housing needs," Mr Flavell said.

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