Discussing the $3 million marae extension project are (from left) Otakou runanga kaumatua Edward Ellison, Arrow International Ltd construction manager Anthony Scarfe and runanga manager Rachel Wesley. Photo by Linda Robertson.
A Multimillion-Dollar extension to the Otakou marae is
expected to be delivered on time and on budget.
The plan to add a large wharekai (dining hall) to Tamatea
marae was first mooted about a decade ago, building trustee
chairman Edward Ellison told the Otago Daily Times
Work on the $3 million project began in January and was
expected to be completed by March, just in time for a wedding
that has already been booked for the facility.
The roomy multilevelled building would be fitted with
large-capacity kitchen facilities, well able to cater for 200
people in the dining room, while 50 people would be able to
sleep in the basement area.
Mr Ellison said a small loan from Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
helped with the project, which was well supported by runanga
members and funding agencies.
In addition to being a focal point for members, the marae
also catered for many government agencies, tertiary
institutions and school groups.
Mr Ellison said the new facilities would better serve the
community, while the design would complement the existing