MEDIA RELEASE: Te Arawa Marae going Zero Waste

MEDIA RELEASE: Te Arawa Marae going Zero Waste

FA7EBAFC D51C 49DF B2DD D9A6E364EB86“I’m very excited to support the Te Arawa Māori community to tackle waste with the Para Kore programme” says newly appointed waste advisor Davina Thompson.

Ms Thompson, who lives in Kawerau, is currently in her final year studying toward a Bachelor of Humanities (Te Tohu Toi Tangata) majoring in Indigenous Policies and Development at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiarangi. She was raised in Matatā and grew up in the gardens and on the sea.

“I feel honoured to be on the Para Kore waka, delivering a dynamic kaupapa of looking after the natural environment to our whānau of Te Arawa and Ngāti Awa. Over 200 marae and Māori community organisations across Aotearoa have already implemented the Para Kore programme. Through recycling and composting, marae can reduce their waste significantly.”

“Our goal is that by 2020 all marae, kōhanga reo, kura, and Māori organisations of Te Arawa are working towards Zero Waste. Let's do this whānau. Give me a call, and I can come give a presentation about the kaupapa at your next hui” concludes Davina Thompson.

This project is being funded by the Rotorua Lakes Council and the Waste Minimisation Fund, which is administered by the Ministry for the Environment.

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DATE: 14th August 2017