This page provides a profile of Para Kore ki Raukawa, ki Hauraki, ki Waikato (Para Kore Marae's waste minimisation project). The project recently won an international sustainability award.
Para Kore Marae Incorporated received $156,000 over three years from the Waste Minimisation Fund to implement its Para Kore Programme on 30 marae in Hauraki, Raukawa and Waikato.
The programme involves working with marae to increase the reuse, recycling and composting of materials. The aim is to reduce the extraction of natural resources and raw materials from Papatūānuku (earth mother).
The funding was used for resources such as signage, wheelie and compost bins, and to recruit a waste advisor for waste minimisation advice and education.
During the funded period, participating marae were offered support to set up recycling and composting systems and given continued access to the waste advisor. Waste minimisation was tracked at all of the marae.
At the end of the funded period, 35 marae in Hauraki, Raukawa, Maniapoto and Waikato had implemented the Para Kore Programme. The marae have reduced their waste to landfill by over 50 per cent.
Para Kore Marae continues to operate in the Waikato region and has expanded its operation to other regions. In August 2016 the project won the National Energy Globe Award (the world award for sustainability) for New Zealand from the Energy Globe Foundation.
Source: Para Kore Marae Incorporated.