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What are the Oranga Marae programme phases?

Picture of the Oranga Marae phases

Marae development planning – a marae development plan is needed for all Oranga Marae investment.


  • The marae needs to create a Marae Development Plan (MDP) to set out its development goals and the amount of investment it needs.
  • This plan outlines the vision of the marae, current state and proposed actions.
  • The marae controls this process and the Oranga Marae Committee mainly wants to see that the whānau or hapū have worked together to plan for the sustainable future of their marae and that they will support the plan to make it happen.
  • The MDP component of the programme will remain open all year. This means that marae can apply for MDP funding when best suits them.

Cultural revitalisation activities – a marae may apply for financial or other support for activities in the MDP to help revitalise Māori culture on the marae. Requests for funding may be made at any time after the Plan has been approved.

Technical or feasibility study support – for some capital (building) works, a marae may need to do a technical or feasibility study to show that the planned work is practical. Similarly, a resource or building consent may be required or a marae may need assistance in determining appropriate cultural development activities. If needed, an advisor can help the marae to apply for appropriate funding.

The first TFS round opened on 1 November 2020 and closed on 11 December 2020. Decisions are expected by late January 2021.

The second TFS round applications, received by 27 March 2021, will be considered at the meeting on 1 May 2021.

Marae Development Implementation (MDI)

Capital works – an advisor may help a marae to apply for funding or other support for the capital works identified in the Marae Development Plan. Marae are able to seek funding from other sources to assist in this as well as from Oranga Marae. There is no minimum requirement for funding from other sources. Oranga Marae is a contestable fund with finite limits so there are no guarantees that all applications will be fully funded. Marae are expected to use their own and other resources to assist in implementing their plan.