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Para Kore Hui-ā-Tau 2017

Para Kore Hui-ā-Tau 2017

E te iwi, tēnā koutou. We're so delighted you're coming along to the Para Kore Hui-ā-Tau 2017. This hui starts on Friday, 27th October 2017, 5pm, with a pōwhiri and finishes on Sunday, 29th October 2017 at 1pm. Our hui is held at Maketu Marae in Kawhia, in the Waikato.

Dates: 27th-29th October 2017

Where: Maketu Marae, Kawhia, in the Waikato (Google Maps)

Register: Please use the form below (use the scroll bar on the side of the form). Payment details are below.

Payment Details: Kiwibank, 38-9011-0204763-00, Para Kore Marae Incorporated. Please enter your full name and 'Hui-a-tau' as your reference (or your invoice number).

Programme: The programme will be confirmed closer to the time. Expect inspiration, passion, interesting workshops, great people and yummy kai. :-)

Why Attend? Learn how to be part of the future now. Para Kore or Zero Waste is a philosophy, a programme and a Māori organisation with a kaupapa based on whakapapa to Papatūānuku. Each year we hold our hui ā tau, our annual conference. This year it is being held in Kawhia in the Waikato. Guest speakers will cover topics on going plastic-free, whakapapa to natural resources, how our tūpuna lived 'para kore'; workshops will include composting, waste checks and visits. There will be a tour of Maketu Marae looking at the history and how they're implementing Para Kore in their community.

Join us now and together through education we'll learn how to create less waste, more jobs, more resources and a healthier world for us all! Our hui is open to everyone: individuals, whānau (childcare will be provided), marae, hapū, iwi, councils, and all peoples - Māori and non-Māori. Nau mai, haere mai!
We encourage car sharing. If anyone has space in their car and would like to offer it, or if you are having problems with transport, please get in touch.
The cost for the whole weekend, including food and accommodation, is as follows:
If your employer or organisation is sponsoring you: $225
Standard Registration: $175
Early Bird Registration: $125 (paid by 31st September)

Tamariki under 12yrs free, 12-17yrs half-price

If cost is a problem please contact us. We can work something out together. This is a subsidised cost and covers accommodation, kai, site visits and resources. Internet banking is our preferred payment option: Kiwibank, 38-9011-0204763-00, Para Kore Marae Incorporated. Please enter your full name and 'Hui-a-tau' as your reference. Makes cheques out to Para Kore Marae Incorporated. Receipts will be posted. Draft and final programmes will be posted on this website soon and sent out via email.

For more information please contact Urs:
021 0376737
E-mail: kiaora@parakore.maori.nz
Or post: 
Para Kore
19a Manukau Rd

Our 2016 speakers included:


Tina Ngata - delivers a Bachelor’s Degree in Māori Advancement in the Environment (Te Mana Ao Tūroa) at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa - Te Tairāwhiti campus. Tina conducts research into Māori women’s health, and promotes indigenous models of well-being. She works in a number of local environmental initiatives relating to community based water monitoring; an indigenous floating wetlands treatment project; an advisor on the District Council Wastewater Technical Advisory group, is chairperson of Para Kore, and mentors local Māori youth conservation group Ngā Tama Toa o Waihīrere Eco-Warriors. Tina also paints, carves, sculpts, and performs the odd air guitar when no-one’s looking. As of 2014 Tina committed to a personal plastic purchasing ban which she blogs about as The Non-Plastic Māori.


Dr Dennis Ngāwhare-Pounamu - (Ngā Mahanga hapu, Taranaki iwi) - Dennis recently completed his doctorate looking at the stories and history around Mounga Taranaki. He has been chief lawnmower and chairperson at Pūniho Pā. He is now the tutor of Aupikitanga at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Taranaki Campus. Dennis also now writes a regular opinion column for the Taranaki Daily News.


Marie Doorbar - (Te Atiawa) - Rongoa māori, kaitiakitanga - Marie grew up breathing and living in te wao-nui-o-Tane kei Rēkohu / Wharekauri (Chatham Islands). She now lives with her whānau in Waitara teaching rongoa and rākau Māori whenever possible.

Green Party MP Denise Roche wages war against single use plastic bags.  

Denise Roche, Green Party MP - Plastic Bag-free Aotearoa Campaign - She has an extensive background in union-related work and previously worked for the Waste Resource Trust, promoting responsible waste disposal and recycling on Waiheke Island.


Te Kawa Robb - Event Manager for Sustainable Coastlines NZ - “Sustainable Coastlines is a young, multi-award winning New Zealand charity run by a small team of hard-working staff and a network of passionate volunteers and interns. Our mission is to enable people to look after the coastlines and waterways they love. We love our coasts and we work with our sleeves rolled up to keep them beautiful. We coordinate and support large-scale coastal clean-up events, educational programs, public awareness campaigns and riparian planting projects. We also help groups run their own events. Through these efforts we motivate volunteers and communities around Aotearoa and the Pacific to look after the beaches and rivers we love.”


Marianna Tyler - (Te Ati Haunui a Papārangi / Tūwharetoa) has worked with industry, local and central government and the community sector on a variety of environmental and waste focused projects.  In her role as Waste Minimisation Facilitator at Waikato Regional Council she has been involved in developing strategy, building collaborative and cross-sector partnerships and is currently leading the implementation of the Waikato Waste and Resource Efficiency Strategy. She is interested in circular economies and cradle-to-cradle principles which can be applied as a model to support social enterprise and community economic development opportunities while also contributing to regenerating the environment.


Karl Russell - (Kai Tahu) Karl has lived off the land his whole life and has eaten every Māori kai you can think of. He now spends his life teaching anyone who’s keen, how to live off the land and how to protect it for future generations, using tikanga Māori. See his story on Maori TV here.


Grant Steven - Light Earth Builder - “I teach people to build houses out of untreated pine, bamboo, raupo, clay and natural fibres that turn into beautiful compost in 100 years time when you have finished living in them.” Tutor at Northland Polytechnic. See more on his youtube channel here.

Beneath the Words, Beneath the Land (Kei raro i te kupu | Kei raro i te whenua) is a project based on a collaboration of established artists exploring Māori and Irish cultural exchange through songs, stories, and traditional arts. The project features Anand Rose (Bódhran), Adrian Whelan (guitar and vocals), Pete Egli – (Uillean pipes and whistles), Morgana James (vocals and guitar), Wakaia Tamehana (guitar), Jon Sanders (Bouzouki) and Urs Signer (clarinet and keys).