3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
Published: Oct 12, 2020
Over 350 marae throughout the country will be upgraded with a $95.6 million investment from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses.
This once in a lifetime investment will help bring people back into work in the regions and at the same time upgrade this critical wellbeing infrastructure.
Many marae are in desperate need of repairs and maintenance work, like other community facilities, and this funding is realistically the only financial investment some of them will ever receive. In these uncertain times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding is going to create thousands of jobs for these local communities.
The types of upgrades that will be funded include plumbing, carpentry, electrical, painting and landscaping. In practical terms this includes work on covered walkways and shelters, resealed carparks, installation of ramps and safety rails, the repair of water boilers, guttering and spouting, installation of fire sprinklers and the completion of carvings.
The Provincial Development Unit and Te Puni Kōkiri have worked collaboratively to get this large number of applications identified, quoted, assessed and set up to be contracted in a very short timeframe.
Marae applicants are also working closely with the Ministry of Social Development to identify workers who need redeployment due to the economic effects of COVID-19 to carry out this work.
The high number of marae applications we received not only met the criteria for the renovations programme but also met the government’s $100 million worker redeployment allocation so were funded from both.
Asher Nikora, Managing Director for Xcel Builders in Rotorua expressed his gratitude and appreciation for providing him the opportunity as a building contractor to engage in the marae PGF renovation projects for the Tuhoe Ruatahuna PGF cluster and several other individual marae in the Waiariki rohe.
As a small to medium sized Māori building business I am scaling up and recruiting Māori workers to take on the various jobs this magnificent opportunity presents. Overall I project I will be employing up to 42 workers with 9 of these being Māori building apprenticeships.
Asher Nikora also applauded the fortitude involved to make this opportunity a reality which he says will benefit our Māori people and Aotearoa New Zealand as a whole.