Para Kore: a revolution in how Māori communities manage waste

Para Kore has begun a revolution in how Māori communities manage their waste. Girl with Para Kore sign.

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.

For more information check out their website

Current project: WMF funding $528,000  Co- funding $132,000
Reviewed:
01/05/20