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Welcome to Piopio, A Thriving Village Nestled Between The
World Famous Waitomo Caves and The Rugged Taranaki Coast


Mokau Kohunui Marae Rebuild Project

He Urunga mou, he wahi whakataa, he wahi whangai e te tinana mou,he wahi whakatau ngakau, he Paa mo ngaa Iwi katoa o Piopio.

In 2017 Mokau Kohunui Marae set about establishing a strategic plan with the help of Te Whare Wananga o Aotearoa and Community Waikato. Through this many families alongside the Trustees and Komiti put in place goals to future proof the buildings, grounds, infrastructure. Strengthening te reo and tikanga at the marae and bringing our people together were high priorities which included establishing a robust Charter and sharing information on the history of the marae. Acknowledging all those who built the marae, who moved buildings and kept Mokau Kohunui afloat since the early 1920’s was and is important so that we are able to move forward with the knowledge that we were upholding the mana of those who did that mahi before us.

These wananga and hui were a turning point in the Mokau Kohunui Marae rebuild project which has been a 2 year process to get to the stage where ground work was to start on March 16th 2020, since delayed due to lockdown. The journey has meant Trustees of the marae have needed to involve their whanau in planning and consultation which has been great for us all to get to know each other and meet regularly for a project that is important to us. We are thankful to all those who supported and continue to support this project especially from Te Puni Kokiri and the Department of Internal Affairs.

Phase 1 of the rebuild is to demolish the current ablution block to make way for new bathroom facilities and also put in new septic and water systems. The next phase will hopefully be the dining and kitchen areas, then the wharenui and grounds. During the rebuild of the ablution block Mokau Kohunui Marae will be closed until July or until work is completed. If there are any queries or if families need alternative venues please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ngaa mihi nui,
Kristen Pari - [email protected] or 0274713788