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  • To document the cultural, social and economic viability of establishing a Marae in Melbourne
  • To present sustainability options for the ongoing operation of the Marae

Implementation Plan

  • A two stage implementation plan.
  • The plan is based on the proposition that the funding source for the development will be the Iwi Leadership Group or Iwi member/s in the Iwi Leadership Group
  • The Iwi Leadership collectively manage $6b of post settlement assets on behalf of the 68 Iwi they represent (not all Iwi have settled).
  • The Iwi Leadership has passed resolutions in 2015 to progress Marae Kaupapa in Melbourne in liaison with MaraeMelbourne

 Stage 1

MaraeMelbourne to deliver a Business Case that documents:

  • Design: Planning and permit requirements
  • Cost analysis: outlining estimates to deliver the proposition
  • Sustainability options: funding options and return on investment for funding source
  • Overview: of social and economic status of NZ community in Victoria without the presence of Marae

Design: Planning and permit requirements

Terms of Reference

  • Green Field Proposition
  • The proposition is based on a five acre block
  • Identify possible regions in the south east and south west that may be considered appropriate for Marae build
  • Identify the planning processes involved in securing a planning permit for such uses
  • Prepare a plan showing the layout of a Marae over a 5 acre site
  • Present cost analysis re development and sustainability

Community Consultation Workshop/Wananga

  • To support and inform the design re the potential use of the Marae development from stakeholders?
  • To identify gaps in community hub models for the purposes described above?
  • To collate stakeholder views on the Iwi Leadership Group as the funding source for the development and recurrent costs of the Marae?
  • To provide an overview of potential state government funding for the development

Register here for the Community Consultation Workshop

Stage 2

Iwi Leadership Working Group

MaraeMelbourne to deliver:

  • The Launch of the Business Case on Saturday 1st July with key stakeholders
  • Coordinate the signing of a Statement of Commitment by Iwi Leaders representatives and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council
  • Mobilise the Iwi Leadership Working Group appointed to work with MaraeMelbourne following the presentation of the Business Case.

Project Status

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