9 Dec 2014

Mokau Marae seeks rebuild mandate

8:46 am on 9 December 2014

The people of a Northland marae ravaged by fire last year, will decide this weekend whether to give their blessing for a rebuilding estimated at more than $2 million to go ahead.

A blaze left the meeting house and wharepaku (toilets) at Mokau Marae near Whangarei as burnt out shells in November 2013.

The blaze destroyed the wharenui and wharepaku.

The blaze destroyed the wharenui and wharepaku. Photo: Clive Stone

Marae trustee Clive Stone said a plan for the new structures had been completed by the rebuilding committee, and it wanted to present it to the people on Saturday.

He said the hui would be held at Mokau Marae so those who attended could see what the committee wanted to do, and reconnect iwi members with the place where their whare once stood.

Mr Stone hoped up to 500 people would attend the hui, which was set up to seek a mandate from the descendants to start building.

He said the hui would also look at how people can fundraise for the construction.

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