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Multi-million-dollar project helps build Maori commercial construction capability Multi-million-dollar project helps build Maori commercial construction capability

  • Motairehe Marae on Aotea-Great Barrier Island one of several getting access upgrades.
  • In all, 13 projects on marae in Tāmaki Makaurau have been completed.

An ambitious multi-million-dollar project to improve the accessibility and safety of marae across Auckland-Tāmaki Makaurau, while helping to build Māori connectivity and capability in the construction sector, is the work of Auckland Transport, in conjunction with Auckland Council, iwi and Māori businesses.

The marae upgrade project has been conducted across the Auckland isthmus and over the Waitematā to Motairehe Marae, in Katherine Bay on Aotea-Great Barrier Island, where works are due to be completed by the end of March. Also upcoming are works on Haranui Marae at the base of the South Head of the Kaipara Harbour, around Ōtakanini.

Motairehe Marae on Aotea-Great Barrier Island one of many marae across Tāmaki Makaurau getting access upgrades. Image courtesy of Motairehe Marae.

To date, 13 projects on marae in Tāmaki Makaurau have been completed in partnership with Māori businesses, part of AT’s supplier diversity programme, designed to generate positive socio-economic change. 

The projects are boosting and enhancing the capability and capacity of Māori companies in the construction sector, leading to economic growth, increased employment and extending the commercial reach and capability of mana whenua organisations.

Many of the works are small in scale (carparks, driveways, access points), but are delivering meaningful and measurable benefits, including providing school leavers with apprenticeship opportunities and employment pathways previously unavailable to them.

Working with 100% Māori-owned businesses (except for Aotea Great Barrier, where no Māori-owned company was available) to provide essential connectivity to marae enhances not only the accessibility of essential cultural and social services, but is building significant experience in the Māori construction sector.

Arvin Kumar, AT Senior Project Manager and responsible for the Aotea and Kaipara works, has seen the benefit of the approach.

“When we started, most of the contractors were new and small, but have now grown into fully stand-alone businesses,” he says.

Lite Civil Limited director Joseph Rawiri says he is very excited to be part of this project, both for the opportunity for Lite Civil to work directly with AT and to provide an end-product that will benefit the marae and the hau kāinga – people of the marae.

Participating companies are now securing construction work in the private sector and increasing their market share in Tāmaki Makaurau.

To learn more about AT’s supplier diversity programme go to our Sustainable procurement page. 

Contact: procurement@at.govt.nz


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