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Bunjil… spirtual guardian watches over country.


MaraeMelbourne acknowledges that we are gathered on the Traditional land of the Wurundjeri People and we pay our respects to their Elders; both past and present.  MaraeMelbourne has been privileged to have received permission to build Our Marae Our Place from the Traditional Owners and we expres appreciation for this taonga (gift).

Creation Story

MaraeMelbourne embraces the story of creation of country as told by Aunty Joy Murphy: ‘Our place has been created by a very special spiritual being that we know as Bunjil the eagle:’ Professor Joy Murphy – Wandin Wurundjeri Elder.


MaraeMelbourne supports Reconciliation between Indigenous Australians and all Australians. We are committed to ensuring that our strategic planning embeds actions that strengthen reconciliation. We begin by learning the history and stories of  Indigenous Australians. To do so we must seek our own opportunities to engage with these stories; events and actions. This is our responsibility as non Indigenous Australians living on country… to learn… to understand and to support self determination for Indigenous Australians.

We strongly urge all to participate in Reconciliation Victoria’s  activities and events. We have posted the link that will allow each of us to take responsibility for our own pathway of support:,  We must all  ‘Work towards just and  respectful relationships for all Australians’ : Reconciliation Victoria

April 2014 – Reconnecting

MaraeMelbourne CEO revisits the Senior Elder of the Wurundjeri  People to provide an update of the planned Marae to the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council (Wurundjeri). CEO was warmly received by Senior Wurundjeri Elder Doreen Garvey Wandin who reaffirmed their desire to ‘join us on the Marae at the opening day’ (Senior Elder Doreen Garvey Wandin).

We look forward to embracing you all on the Marae when that day arrives … Our Marae Our Place (CEO MaraeMelbourne 2014).

January 2013 – Idle No More

On 28 January 2013, MaraeMelbourne joined a global initiative to show solidarity and support for the struggle of all First Nation Peoples by performing a haka at North Bank Melbourne.

September 2005

The South Pacific Foundation of Victoria  in partnership with Museum New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa successfully repatriate sacred remains of Maori koiwi tangata from Melbourne to Wellington. These remains receive the sacred cleansing from the Indigenous Elders who lift the tapu from country to allow these taonga to return safely to Aotearoa.

August 2005

The South Pacific Foundation of Victoria proud to support the Melbourne Maori Choir at the Memorial Service for Aunty Geraldine Briggs following the poroporoaki (eulogy) from Koro George Hallett to this well respected and much loved Elder (Kuia).

April 2005

The South Pacific Foundation of Victoria proud to support David Dryden Yorta Yorta Man to address the Parliamentary Select Committee re Drug and Alcohol Submission. David Dryden has been a strong supporter of Marae development for Maori People and we pay our respects to you David and wish you well on country.

October 2004

The South Pacific Foundation of Victoria members Raina Smith and Georgina Nelson visit and show support for the Aboriginal Tent Embassy Canberra.

July 2004

The South Pacific Foundation of Victoria members attend flag raising and NAIDOC Day Celebration at Dandenong  Aboriginal Cooperative.

March 2004

The South Pacific Foundation of Victoria  Chairperson sits on the organising committee to support the Celebrating and Honouring the Elders of the Indigenous People Festival hosted in Hastings. SPF coordinates the performance by Brown Roots Performing Artists at the Festival to show support to the Traditional Elders of country.

Celebrating and Honouring the Elders of the Indigenous People Festival hosted in Hastings 2004.

February 2004

The South Pacific Foundation of Victoria  members attend the Dandenong and District Community Justice Awareness Forum to show support for the Wurundjeri Elders in relation to initiatives developed by Victoria Police and the Justice Department to reduce the numbers of Indigenous Youth incarcerated within the justice system.

November 2003

The South Pacific Foundation of Victoria  representatives attend the Dandenong Aboriginal Forum hosted by the Dandenong and Districts Aboriginal  Cooperative: as Guest Speakers and Artists. Consent to build Our Marae … Our Place gifted by the Wurundjeri Elders in 2003 and reffirmed 2010.