Oranga Whenua Oranga Tangata
Oranga Whenua, Oranga Tangata – speaks to the heart of Papatuanuku the atua (the guardian) and the marae. We are in pursuit of a vision that has all our whānau who participate at Papatuanuku marae – in relationship with the whenua that sustains and nurtures us, and with each other, as self-sustaining, self-determining healthy communities.
This vision will endure and hold the purpose of our current and future strategies Papatūānuku Marae has evolved its vision over the last 30 years and continues to mihi to the original vision from Whaea Mere – “Kia mau ki tō Māoritanga”.
For Papatuanuku marae this has been achieved with the intergenerational transmission of tikanga and reo that is evident in the rangatahi and tamariki mokopuna who lead our taumata and tikanga on the marae. However this is always a work in progress, and is now imbedded as a stratetic priority under ngā kete mātauranga with the delivery of te reo Māori programmes on site.
The second vision – “To be a vibrant and accessible inner city marae upholding our valued traditions, tikanga and strong community relationships” is also a vision achieved – and although this was a more recent addition in 2018 – on reflection this is less of a vision and more of a description of Papatuanuku marae.