Many marae, particularly those in isolated areas, rely on old treatment and disposal systems to manage their wastewater. Depending on the size of the marae and the surrounding whenua, the existing systems may not now be the best option.
Together with marae hapū and trustees, we will work to determine whether the current water and wastewater systems on the marae are sufficient to meet existing and future requirements. We will provide guidance if a new system, or upgrades to the existing system, is required, and will also outline what, if any, consents are needed in relation to the water and wastewater systems.
The purpose of this kaupapa is to ensure that wastewater is safely treated and disposed of to protect tangata whenua and to maintain the health and wellbeing of the taiao and marae.
A baseline safety assessment of the marae’s water supply will also be undertaken.
The majority of marae in the western side of the Bay of Plenty have already undergone this process and we are now working with marae in the Kōhī constituency - Eastern bay.