The Greenhouse is essential

Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae seeks to connect tāngata with whenua in a nurturing relationship through a self-sustaining, self-determining, healthy community, driven by Te Ao Māori.

For the last 30 years, the māra kai has become a pillar of this mission, providing healthy kai to the greater community and offering opportunities for whānau to reconnect to the whenua through the intimate process of growing kai.

As the positive impact that the marae has continues to grow, and the vision reaches more people within and beyond the community, the need for a larger, higher quality greenhouse has become increasingly self-evident.

The current conditions

The current greenhouse aids Papatūānuku Kōkiri Marae in providing educational opportunities around growing kai and helps to supply seedling to our whānau. Not only has the marae outgrown the current greenhouse, but it has become rundown and is no longer conducive to growing healthy plants.

The plastic is old and has broken down, becoming brittle, delicate, and impervious to the UV lights that plants need to grow. This results in “leggy”, feeble, and unhealthy seedlings that grow too fast in an attempt to reach for sunlight. Many panels of polycarbonate have blown off in the wind and are taped onto the frame, or have been replaced with other materials. These loose and broken panels limit the greenhouse’s ability to retain heat, especially during the winter when plants need to be sheltered from the cold winter winds.

The Greenhouse of our Dreams

A new green house would allow us to grow more numerous, healthier seedlings, and expand the positive impact we have in the community by empowering our whanau to grow their own kai through tikanga and te ao Māori, especially the principles of Hua Parakore. 

Primary Goal
$19,750 NZD
New Foundation
New Greenhouse Kit
Basic Shelving
Water System
Stretch Goal
$32,900 NZD
New Foundation
New Greenhouse Kit
Basic Shelving
Water System
Bonus Goal
$50,000+ NZD
Everything from Primary & Stretch
New Jobs!!!
Development of Education Program

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Community Sponsors

A special thanks to our generous sponsors and allies for their matching contributions. Each sponsor is willing to match the first $5000 dollar for dollar making each dollar you donate worth $4 more! 

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Hua Parakore as a Māori based Framework for Kai 

As the positive impact that the marae has continues to grow, and the vision reaches more people within and beyond the community, the need for a larger, higher quality greenhouse has become increasingly self-evident. A new greenhouse would allow us to increase the amount of seedlings we are able to give away and sell to fund our māra. Our seedlings are of the highest quality because their growth is guided by the principles of Hua Parakore: