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The purpose of Oranga Marae is to support the physical and cultural revitalisation of marae as centres of Māori identity and mātauranga.

Oranga Marae is provided by Te Puni Kōkiri and the Department of Internal Affairs. It replaces the Lottery Marae Heritage and Facilities Fund (LMHF), which has permanently closed.

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

The Oranga Marae Priorities from 1 November 2020 are:

  • Marae are active, and the wider whānau are engaged with the cultural and physical revitalisation of marae
  • Marae that are affected by natural disaster or climate change
  • Marae with health and safety concerns or compliance issues
  • Marae that build relationships and partnering opportunities to support their development

As a guide, the Oranga Marae Committee is interested in understanding how the marae are planning to meet their aspirations:

Ka ora ā –muri, ka ora ā-mua - Sustaining the marae, sustaining the pae

  • cultural revitalisation/retention plan for Te Reo Māori me ona tikanga
  • well used facilities, events and activities take place eg book schedules, photos
  • maintenance plans, insurances and mitigation / resilience plans
  • succession planning, long term goals, what’s happening now and in the future

New Builds (where a marae does not currently exist)

For a new build to be considered, the Oranga Marae Committee would like to see information relating to:

  • Recognition of Ahi kaa
  • Whakapapa
  • History detailing the hapū relationships and connections
  • And that the request is validated and endorsed by the Iwi

Oranga Marae programme 2020/21

Oranga Marae will re-open for Technical Feasibility Funding requests on 1 November 2020.

This component of Oranga Marae funding is moving to funding rounds. Further information below.

  • Oranga Marae has been in operation for two years. Now that the Fund has matured, we need to make some improvements based on feedback from Marae, staff and evaluations to best meet growing demand.
  • The Marae Development Plan (MDP) component of the programme will remain open all year. This means that marae can apply for MDP funding when best suits them.
  • We are shifting the Technical Feasibility Support (TFS) component to funding rounds from the funding year starting 1 July 2020. There will be two funding rounds. The first round will open on 1 November 2020 and close on 11 December 2020. Decisions are expected by late January 2021.
  • We will continue to have four Marae Development Implementation (MDI) funding rounds.
  • The intent of the programme is staying the same: supporting the physical and cultural revitalisation of marae as centres of Māori identity and mātauranga.
  • We expect to have the proposed changes and improvements finalised and be in a position to communicate these in more detail by 1 September 2020.

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Free phone: 0800 824 824

After a marae asks for support, we appoint an advisor to work alongside the marae to achieve the goals of Oranga Marae.

The marae needs to create a Marae Development Plan 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 hapu have worked together to plan for the sustainable future of their marae and that they will support the plan to make it happen.

Our advisors can help and advise with this plan. A guide to assist in developing the marae development plan can be found here in Te Reo and here in English.

If needed, a marae may request funding through Oranga Marae to help with marae development planning.

When the Marae Development Plan has been approved by whānau, hapū and trustees, the marae can ask for funding to carry out the actions set out in the plan.

Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we fund

Oranga Marae can provide funding for:

  • Marae development planning – A marae development plan is needed for all other Oranga Marae investment. If needed, an advisor can help a marae apply for financial support to create the plan. Requests for this support may be made at any time. 
  • 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 apply for appropriate funding. Requests for this support may be made at any time after a Marae Development Plan has been approved. 
  • Cultural revitalisation activities – A marae may apply for financial or other support for activities in the Marae Development Plan to help revitalise Maori culture on the marae. Requests for funding may be made at any time after the development plan has been approved. 
  • Capital works – An advisor may help a marae 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 can be no guarantee that all applications will be fully funded. Marae are expected to use their own and other resources to assist in implementing their plan.


Getting started

If you are looking for ways to develop your marae or your whānau and hapū, contact us first to find out how Oranga Marae may be able to help.

Call your local Te Puni Kōkiri or Department of Internal Affairs office or:

Free phone: 0800 824 824

Oranga Marae Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for Oranga Marae Funding, applications must meet the following criteria:

  • be for a traditional or urban marae and
  • be on land gazetted for the purpose of a marae, and;
  • be submitted by trustees of the Māori Reservation or another legal entity (a legal entity that has been approved by the trustees of the Māori Reservation to apply for Oranga Marae funding on their behalf.)


Kura or Wānanga Marae - Oranga Marae investment is not available to Marae-ā-kura and Marae-ā-wānanga or any other institutionally supported marae such as universities and polytechnics.


Exceptions to the eligibility criteria may be collectively considered on a case by case basis by the Fund Managers.

Applying for support

You will need to log into the Department of Internal Affairs’ online grants and client management system to create a profile and make requests for funding. The link is below.

Log in to the grants management system

If you have not signed into the grants and client management system before, you will need to set up a RealMe account. You will be prompted to do this when you log in to the grants and client management system for the first time.

You can also set up a RealMe account on the RealMe website. Click here for further information about RealMe.

Privacy note:

The marae development plan will be uploaded to a Government database and so should have whānau support for any content (eg photos) included. Applications and supporting documents may be viewed by advisors and the Oranga Marae Committee.

All information, applications and supporting documents that are uploaded as part of a request are subject to Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) requests. If we receive an OIA request for your information, you will be contacted before any of it is passed to the requestor.

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