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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

Oranga Marae supports these outcomes:

  • marae are safe and healthy, contributing to the well-being of iwi, hapū and whānau 
  • people are engaged on the marae and an increasing number of events and activities are held to ensure the transmission of mātauranga Māori 
  • marae increasingly contribute to the revitalisation of te reo and tikanga Māori 
  • whānau work together to develop the marae.

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
Email: oranga.marae@dia.govt.nz

When is Oranga Marae available?

Marae can contact an advisor for information, advice and investment at any time and can make an online application for investment at any time. The fund will open for applications on Wednesday, 9 May 2018.

Applications for marae development planning and technical/feasibility study support are usually made weekly. Marae will be advised of the decision within three weeks of application.

Applications for cultural development activities and capital works are made quarterly (usually in March, June, September and December). Exact dates of decision meetings will be advised separately. Marae will be advised of the decision within two weeks of the committee meeting.

What are the funding criteria?

To be eligible for Oranga Marae investment, marae must be one of the following:

  • traditional marae, owned traditionally by whānau, hapū and iwi and based on whakapapa 
  • urban marae, established as places for whānau Māori living in urban settings 
  • traditional and urban marae on marae reservation land gazetted as a marae 
  • traditional and urban marae on general land gazetted as a marae.

Marae must have appropriate legal entity status or be a Māori Reservation; and have appropriate governance and management structures, policies and processes to support the size and complexity of the project. Before making any investment decision, we will consider whether a marae has the capacity and capability for the planned project.

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.

Further information about Oranga Marae

If you want to find out more information about Oranga Marae you can download a booklet in both Te reo and English using the links below:

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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