Para Kore has begun a revolution in how Māori communities manage their waste.
Para Kore had humble beginnings with volunteer pilot programmes running in three rural Waikato marae. It now has a vision for all marae to be working towards zero waste by 2025.
Since 2008, Para Kore now:
- operates in 340 marae, kohanga reo, kura or other Māori community organisations throughout much of the North Island
- has provided education, wānanga and training in waste management to more than a quarter of a million participants
- has been responsible for more than 350,000 tonnes of waste being diverted from landfill
- employs 25, including 17 kaiārahi/regional waste advisors
- has received almost $1.5m from the Ministry for the Environment’s contestable Waste Minimisation Fund.
For more than a decade, the Waste Minimisation Fund has supported the Para Kore flax-roots kaupapa.
Image: Tamihana Simmonds and his whānau are part of the Para Kore waste movement, whose vision is for all marae throughout Aotearoa to be working towards zero waste by 2025.