Tiaki Taiao     
Whai Oranga

The primary objective is that all marae will be working towards zero waste by 2025. We are working towards normalising zero waste behaviours, values and attitudes within Māori society, so that putting it all together into the same black rubbish bag eventually becomes unacceptable behaviour and sorting and separating for recycling and composting becomes normal standard behaviour. 

Some of the good stuff that comes from Para Kore


  • Para Kore marae are inspiring other marae to become Para Kore
  • building and deepening relationships between marae
  • building intercultural relationships between marae and councils
  • we’re helping a whole lot of people and groups get to know each other and work together for a common cause. These groups include for example, councils, iwi authorities, regional government, central government, industry, community groups, hapū groups and marae.
  • enhancing values of mahi tahi (cooperation and collaboration)
  • we’re helping to create a Para Kore whānau throughout the country


  • Para Kore is a practical example of kaitiakitanga which can be implemented on marae
  • we're providing education that's all about upholding the tradition of caring for the natural world
  • we’re providing marae and Māori with current waste minimisation education - intergenerational learning by the whole whanau on how to reduce waste
  • we’re providing education within a Māori worldview framework
  • we’re providing marae with the skills and knowledge to set up recycling and composting systems
  • we're helping marae see waste as a resource.
  • we’re helping the whole whānau to change the way they deal with their waste
  • we’re helping to make recycling on marae normal, standard practise
  • we’re helping marae whānau take their newly learnt recycling behaviours back to their homes and workplaces
  • we’re inspiring a feel good factor because Para Kore is about being responsible and doing the right thing
  • we give opportunities for the sharing of knowledge in regards to how to reduce waste

Tiaki Taiao

  • less waste to landfill
  • there’ll be less extraction of raw materials due to more recyclable materials available
  • there’ll be less transportation of waste to landfill, less trucks on the road
  • there’ll be less methane and leachate (products of landfills)
  • enhanced soil quality at marae that are composting
  • liquid composts and compost available for marae gardens
  • the landfills that we have will last longer as we put less into them
  • less harm to Rangi and Papa

Whai Oranga

  • waste is turned into resources
  • we’re helping to create jobs, recycling creates 7 times more jobs than landfilling
  • less money spent on waste disposal by marae, councils and ratepayers
  • more money in circulation locally, regionally and nationally due to what was formerly waste being transformed into resource
  • greater potential for onshore processing (and more NZ jobs) due to increased volumes of recyclable materials
  • less money spent on transporting waste to landfill
  • changing behaviour that will lessen climate change impacts