May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Pipitea Marae collecting donated items for Christchurch #eqnz

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Due to an overwhelming response to the call for aid, Pipitea Marae have volunteered its premises not only as a refuge for weary quake evacuees, but also as a collection depot for donated items intended for wh?nau still in Christchurch.

Our thanks to everyone who found time today to take their donated items to Te Puni K?kiri. These items are currently on the way to Christchurch, and will form part of the wider collection effort, says Chief Executive of Te Taura Whiri i te Reo M?ori Glenis Philip-Barbara. Our thanks to Te Puni K?kiri for providing their premises today

Pipitea Marae are currently erecting a marquee on the marae ?tea, and, more donated items can be deposited there from now. The list for these items has been extended and is detailed in the attached.

Pipitea Marae are currently expecting around 35 people to arrive from the airport within the next hr. And within the next couple of hours a ferry is arriving with around 600 people. It is expected that around 150 of these passengers will be staying at the marae overnight.

The people arriving are understandably distressed. They need whatever support we are able to give, Pipitea Marae Trustee, Mrs Aroha Thorpe said.

The call is now out for personal items to support these evacuees. Those items include:

  • - Shaving cream
  • - Razors
  • - Toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss
  • - Deodorant, hairbrushes, combs, sanitary items, tissuesetc
  • - New underwear
  • - Recycled shopping bags.

Hold off on clothing/footwear/blankets and food as the marae have these in abundance.

Volunteers are welcome to help in the kitchen. Again ring ahead of your attendance Paul Retimanu, 0274 512 186.

New location details for supply items destined for Christchurch:

  • Where: Pipitea Marae, 53 Thorndon Quay (opposite Gateway Centre)
  • When: 25 February all day

Te K?hanga Reo National Trust are still taking food supplies for other Wellington hosting venues.

Location details for kai items destined for hosting venues across Wellington:

  • Where: Te K?hanga Reo National Trust, 67 Hankey St, Mount Cook
  • When: 25 February all day


Contact for Te Taura Whiri i te Reo M?ori: Debra Jensen – 04 471 6725, 021 332 627

Contact for Pipitea Marae: Chris Wikaira – 027 452 2472

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