Para Kore Programme
Steps of the Para Kore Programme
What's the first step?
What are the commitments?
What does the programme provide?
What doesn’t the programme provide?
What makes the programme successful?
What are the objectives of the programme?
Who do I contact?
1. Para Kore Presentation to Marae Committee
2. Marae signs a Memorandum of Understanding and provides a Para Kore Champion
3. Marae takes part in a Waste Audit of their waste with Para Kore advisor
4. Para Kore advisor provides signage and bins and helps marae to set up recycling (and possibly composting) systems
5. Para Kore advisor shows Marae Champion how to fill out their Marae Tracker
6. Marae invites Para Kore advisor to provide a wānanga session at one of their hui
7. Marae with support from Para Kore advisor creates Para Kore Policies
8. Marae fill out an Annual Evaluation about progress and Para Kore advisor provides on-going support
9. A second Waste Audit is undertaken to determine progress and next steps
The first step involves a Para Kore waste advisor giving a presentation to the marae committee. The marae committee then decides whether or not they are interested in implementing the programme.
Changing behaviour and changing systems on a marae to reduce waste requires commitment from the marae whānau over time. Para Kore asks that the marae committee seriously consider the following commitments before signing up:
- Providing a key contact person (a marae champion)
- Providing information relating to the costs and volumes of waste and recyclables on the marae
- Taking part in a waste audit (involving the whānau of the marae)
- Participating in wānanga (workshops) related to ‘reducing waste'
- Working towards reducing waste by 50%
In exchange, Para Kore offer marae on-going support and education with an experienced waste advisor. The Para Kore waste advisor will deliver presentations and wānanga (workshops) to the marae whānau. Each marae is given recycling bins and signage to help minimise waste. Waste advisors also provide information to marae about who the recycling service providers are in their community.
Para Kore does not pay for the disposal of your waste or recycling. Nor do we pick up your recycling and rubbish. Rather we provide a free mentoring and support system to help your marae set up waste minimisation systems, such as recycling and composting, which will reduce disposal costs.
The programme is successful where there is desire and commitment from the marae to implement all of the stages of the Para Kore programme. These stages are marae presentation, identifying a champion, undertaking a waste audit, inviting the waste advisor to provide a wananga, and the setting up of recycling systems and possibly composting systems.
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. The goals of our education and mentoring programme are:
1. Marae identify as kaitiaki, as being a relative of all living things.
2. Marae see waste as a resource.
3. Marae have the knowledge and skills to recycle and compost.
4. Marae whānau take their newly learnt behaviours on the marae to their homes and workplaces.
5. Marae are committed to ‘closing the loop’ and identifying further opportunities to reduce waste.
Marae feedback about the Para Kore programme is overwhelmingly positive. They find the recycling systems easy to use, creating a cleaner marae and a happier whānau, as there is no longer lots of smelly rubbish to deal with at the end of a hui. Marae note that Para Kore provides a positive working and learning environment, that encourages responsible behaviour. And of course, marae are delighted with the significant savings on waste disposal.
Due to the success of the programme, Para Kore is continually seeking funding to roll out the project to other regions. We currently have funding to support marae throughout the North Island. If your marae or organisation is keen to be a part of this project please contact us to arrange a short Para Kore presentation. For more information please contact your local waste kaiārahi. You can find our contact details on our website.