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Water tank for marae first project for Wellington Resilience Fund

An 800 litre water tank is being installed at an Upper Hutt marae with the assistance of the Nikau Foundation’s new Wellington Resilience Fund.

This is the first project for the Fund, part of the Nikau Foundation’s mission to increase grants available for community resilience projects around the region.

The water tank is being installed at Ōrongomai Marae in Upper Hutt in partnership with the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office (WREMO) and The Tank Guy.

Ōrongomai Marae is an urban-based marae of Te Atiawa that provides for all iwi away from their ukaipo.

While fundraising is ongoing for the Wellington Resilience Fund, Nikau Foundation’s General Manager says it was important to start now.

“When it comes to community resilience, every day counts,” she said. “You just never know when the next big event will be so we want to get as many resilience projects funded as possible.”

Dan Neely, Manager of Community Resilience at the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office was supportive of the project.

“Small contributions to help provide water tanks to community organisations like marae can make a big difference in their ability to assist their communities during times of stress.

“Ōrongomai Marae is a great candidate for this type of initiative because of the important role they play before, during and after an emergency”, he said.

Nikau Foundation plans to fund more water tanks and other projects that build resilience through the Resilience Fund and have asked the people and businesses in the Wellington Region to assist.

A Pledge Me campaign with a goal of $20,000 is on track for success through sales of the Wellington Resilience Bar. As part of annual joint venture with the Wellington Chocolate Factory, a proportion of the proceeds from each chocolate bar sold goes directly into the Wellington Resilience Fund. It is the perfect complement to office or home emergency kits.

Donations and orders for the Wellington Resilience Bar can be made via their Pledge Me site, via their website at or by phone on 0800 986 7443.

Nikau Foundation is also keen to hear what resilience projects need funding across the region so they invite Wellingtonians to fill out the form on the Resilience Fund page on their website to help build a picture how the Nikau Foundation might contribute to their resilience.