Para Kore

About Us

About Us

Ka pūtake mai ngā akoranga me ngā kaupapa ka kōkirihia e mātou i te tirohanga Māori, hei whakau i te hononga ki a Ranginui rāua ko Papatūānuku.

We educate and advocate from a Māori worldview to strengthen connection to Ranginui and Papatūānuku.

Established in 2010, Para Kore Marae Incorporated is a Māori, not-for-profit with a vision of oranga taiao, oranga whānau, oranga marae.

With kaiārahi throughout the motu Para Kore delivers a te ao Māori based sustainability education programme called Oranga Taiao that provides wānanga, resources and support to marae, whānau, hapū, iwi, groups, entities and communities to design out and reduce waste.

The work of Para Kore contributes to building Māori power, building a circular economy, building soil and kai sovereignty and supporting climate justice and action.

The Para Kore whānau are passionate about and committed to collective action for a zero carbon, zero waste Aotearoa New Zealand that honours mana Māori motuhake and regenerates Ranginui and Papatūānuku.

Innovative education within the framework of kaupapa and tikanga māori

Para Kore empowers and supports marae and organisations across Aotearoa to reduce waste through the delivery of innovative education and support within the frameworks of kaupapa and tikanga Māori.

Our Vision

Pae Tawhiti

Oranga Taiao, Oranga Marae, Oranga Whānau

Para Kore embraces the tikanga of caring for Ranginui and Papatūānuku. Sending waste to landfills or holes, burning rubbish and littering is a waste of valuable resources, pollutes our environment and is harmful to us all.

Closed Loop Living

Para Kore is working towards embedding zero waste, closed loop living within marae and Māori communities across Aotearoa–putting everything in the same black rubbish bag, burning or burying waste out the back is no longer acceptable.

Collective Action

We support indigenous values of kaitiakitanga, whilst recognising the systematic oppression of Māori and the dominant paradigm. Our focus is collective action, rather than individual.

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