"Ki ahau nei, no mai rano tenei Kaupapa kia tu he Marae mo te iwi Maori o Melbourne. I te wa e ora ana ahau ka awhi ahau i tenei kaupapa tae noa kia puawai te moemoea"
"For me, there has always been one kaupapa for Melbourne and for our people - marae. This is the kaupapa that will have my full support, no matter what, and I hope to see this dream come to pass in my lifetime".
Kiri Atawhai Dewes - Kuia
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"Tino pouri au no te mea kia tae mai he Manuhiri kaore he turangawaewae hei manaaki i a ratou. Ko te hiahia, he marae. Ehara mo matou nga pakeke, engari mo nga uri whakaheke kia tu rangatira ai ratou. Ka wehe pai atu au ki tenei ao me taku mohio he Marae kei konei. E kore to tatou iwi e taka ki te he i roto i tenei ao hurihuri."
"For me, its sad. If we want to welcome Manuhiri there is no where to house them. We really need a Marae. Not so much for us, but for our future generations so that they have somewhere they can be Maori. I will die happy knowing that the Marae is here and our people will not be misplaced in this everchanging world".
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The black skyline represents Melbourne. The koru represents the heartbeat and lifeblood of New Zealander's living in Melbourne. The word 'Marae' represents all that we associate with marae - our home / turangawaewae / tikanga. The word 'Melbourne' signifies the place we call home
Establish turangawaewae for our people in Melbourne through the guiding principles of our tipuna / tupuna:
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July 16 at the Drum Theatre, Dandenong