Making it work
It's going to take time and energy. Change is hard at the beginning, messy in the middle, but beautiful in the end. Kaua e hoki mā te waewae tutuki, engari mā te ūpoko pakaru rānō.
Getting Para Kore on the marae committee agenda, and then speaking to it is a good first step. Explain to the whānau that this kaupapa saves money (if you’re currently paying for waste disposal) and it’s the right thing to do because Papatūānuku and Ranginui and their children are being depleted because of our current take-make-dispose system. Contact us if you would like a powerpoint presentation sent to you.
Start simple. Set up some bins with signs and start using them. If the system is easy and ready to go, its easier to explain to the whānau what to do. Use every speaking or meeting opportunity available to let others know that your marae is now working to reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.
The best way for the whānau to know what goes where is for them to have visual clues. So keep checking the recycling bins, and take any rubbish that is in the recycling bin out. Keep your recycling sorted and clean and others will follow the example set.
Persistence, determination and stubborness! Then one day it will be normal, standard practise. Keep the sorting and separating of waste going by doing it yourself and modelling to others how its done. You may be surprised at what the whānau already knows about reducing waste.
A marae policy describing the marae's desire to reduce waste will help as will clear simple signage on the walls and labelled recycling bins.