Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae


Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae seeks your financial support - to help us support the people of South Auckland - to not only survive but to thrive.

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Tēnā koutou - Greetings Everyone

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae is located in Mangere East, South Auckland, on land that the marae leases from Auckland Council as a community partnership organisation.

Back in 1984, many of our kaumatua from across all the tribes of Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) came together to address the needs of our rangatahi (youth) and whānau (families/community) - to rekindle our reo (language) and the traditional practices of our tūpuna (ancestors). Today, their dreams and aspirations are taught to so many people of all different nationalities and of all walks of life.

The marae has been servicing the needs of the local community throughout this time and officially became a New Zealand Registered Charity in 2019. Many of these founding supporters and their whānau are still working, to this day, at the marae in a volunteer capacity. There are 2 full time staff and a number of part time staff who run the day to day operations and oversee the many initiatives, volunteers and programmes at the marae. Since November 2018 and until March 2020 - just before the Level 4 COVID-19 lock down - the marae has also been blessed with a lot of hands-on help by over 100 wwoofers from all around the world on the marae's organic urban farm. This has helped us feed our people and also educate them about healthy eating and how to grow their own organic vegetables. We give hand outs in a practical sense of healthy food and other basic necessities as needed, but we are also aiming to give people a hand up - to get them back on their feet if they've momentarily gone off track and lost their way. The marae, with its expert staff, is in the best position possible to genuinely help the people of South Auckland. This is a very difficult task, and they do amazingly well with huge successes along the way. They do this, essentially, on the smell of an oily rag.

Why do we need funding?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the marae was already working at full capacity to help and support the many families and youth of South Auckland in need in a variety of ways. This includes delivering fish heads, known as rangatira kai (chiefly food - regarded amongst Māori whānau traditionally as the best part of the fish), through the Kai Ika Project

This project alone has helped many people to literally feed their whānau when they otherwise could not. Since COVID-19, the South Auckland area families have been hit hard by job losses already and the marae has seen a marked increase in the request for food and other basic necessities as a result. They are working hard - both paid staff and volunteers - to deliver food and necessities but everything costs money. With the need growing for support from the marae in the South Auckland community, in response, the marae needs to expand it's services, put on more paid staff as required, pay for petrol, food and other necessary supplies.

The Trustees of the marae aspire to pay at least the living wage to our awesome marae staff - who do such outstanding work in the community with our vulnerable South Auckland families and youth. They are literally on the front line and make a huge difference to our precious youth and families lives in so many ways. We also want to resource them well, leading to the best possible support and outcomes for our South Auckland community.

By giving to the marae through this givealittle page, your koha (donation) will be used to cover the many costs that the marae has as a top notch grassroots New Zealand Registered Charity - helping those genuinely in need to survive and eventually, with the marae's support over time, thrive.

In the interests of transparency, the marae would like to allocate 10 cents of every dollar donated through givealittle to the marae Future Fund. This Fund will not be touched until at least 2040 and by that time, we are aiming for a self-funded marae. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous and ongoing support of our mahi (work) - it is greatly appreciated.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou - thank you very much everyone!

Trustees of the Board

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae

More about us

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae was established in 1984 to service the needs of the marae community in South Auckland. As the needs of the wider community have grown, the marae services have grown over time to further support families and youth in need.

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Latest update

Kai Ika Project expanded through Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae  14 May 2020

Posted by: Papatuanuku Kokiri Marae

Tēnā koutou katoa - check out the video above. Thank you so much for your koha so far - please share this link far and wide:

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So far this givealittle page has raised $4303

The marae continues to need financial support to continue feeding the people. Look after the marae so the marae can continue to look after the people. As you can see, it is much appreciated by all.

Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!

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Latest donations

  • Fay

    Fay on 17 May 2020


    Best wishes.


  • Dorothea

    Dorothea on 14 May 2020


    Thank you so much, charing the Mara with me and teaching me so much in the mara. You are doing such an important job. Big hug Dorothea


  • Lillian

    Lillian on 10 May 2020



  • Janet

    Janet on 08 May 2020


    The world needs more of you. Keep it up and wishing you all the best! Kia ora!


  • Teremoana

    Teremoana on 07 May 2020



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