Sydney to get a Marae

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It has taken 30 years of planning but Australia will get its first traditional marae.

The marae will be built in a Sydney suburb, on Aboriginal land.

On February 6th 2022 a special agreement was signed between New Zealand and Australia and their cultures, Māori and Aboriginal.

The Sydney Marae Alliance (SMA) has been raising funds for almost 30 years. Their aim has been to create a place for Māori to connect on Aussie soil.

The 15ha-hectare site at Hyland Road Reserve in Greystanes will feature a $4 million purpose-built community facility that supports cultural and educational activities.

Currently, more than 150,000 Māori call Australia home, and 65,000 of them live in New South Wales.

This will be the first traditional marae, a sacred meeting place for Maori communities throughout New Zealand, outside of New Zealand.

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