(Ōrākei Community Zero Waste Project)

Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei has been has been awarded funding from Te Pūtea Whakamauru Para -Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) 2021 funding round for our Ōrākei Hapori Parakore (Ōrākei Community Zero Waste) project.

The parakore kaupapa has been an important one for Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei for more than 20 years. The zero waste commitment has been a tikanga on Ōrākei Marae and a commitment embedded in kaupapa and events held on the Whenua Rangatira. Over 2022 we will be building on all the hard mahi whānau and our community have given to this kaupapa to take it to the next level. Get in touch to get on the parakore waka with us.



  • Supported with $80,000 funding from Te Pūtea Whakamauru Para -Waste Minimisation Fund (80% of project costs) we will be running a 1-year data and awareness project on waste reduction within our rohe.
  • Our objectives are to engage with whānau and our community around waste and maximise job creation.
  • Building on what has been done, we will collect data through waste audits, surveys, workshops and wānanga
  • We will raise awareness through workshops and the development of an organisational waste strategy.
  • Key outcomes will be improved data and practical resources to inform effective behaviour change.
  • Overall, this project will follow the mahi already in place through the marae, continuing to increase awareness around reducing waste, circular thinking, and the benefits of composting and urban gardening.


As part of the Auckland Climate festival Pourewa hosted a Mara and Para open day.

The Auckland Climate Festival is a month-long event to support unified and impactful climate action in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Whanau got to learn from our kaimahi about our circular kai system, composting, as well as waste reduction tips! We had composting workshops, scarecrow making, and planting in the marakai.

Click here to see the highlights of the day.





Our kaimahi have been doing some awesome wananga and workshops around how we can reduce our waste. We are going around our worksites, sharing waste reduction and recycling tips and our kaimahi are sharing their whaakaro around actions we can take to be more zero waste.




The purpose of Te Pūtea Whakamauru Para –the Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF) is to boost New Zealand’s performance in waste minimisation. The WMF invests in infrastructure, services, and educational activity throughout New Zealand. The fund is enabled through the waste disposal levy. There is considerable scope in New Zealand to reduce waste and increase the recovery of useful resources from waste. Lifting our performance in recovering economic value from waste also provides environmental, social and cultural benefits and reduces the risks of harm from waste. More information about the fund can be found on the Ministry for the Environment website – https://environment.govt.nz/what-you-can-do/funding/waste-minimisation-fund/

Project lead – Maurice John

Ko Maungakiekie te maunga
Ko Waitematā te Moana
Ko Māhuhu-ki-te-Rangi te waka
Ko Ngāti Whātua te iwi
Ko Eruini raua ko Piu Piu ōku tūpuna
Ko Dawn Rongo Hawke tōku māmā
Ko Maurice John Faiers ahau

Kia Ora e te whānau, I’m super excited to be a part of this awesome project, I’m enthusiastic about composting and believe in reuse, reduce and repurpose. I have been working at Pourewa for the past two years looking after the composting initiatives for the iwi, with a focus on regenerating green waste into a usable energy source for the Māra kai. I look forward to the planned events and engaging with whānau and sharing some new initiatives.
Ngā mihi nui, Maurice John

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