Once complete, it’s expected that the new Mourea community tennis courts will breathe new life into the small community of Mourea.
Located near the shores of Lake Rotoiti, the current courts are in a state of disarray. The local community and marae, however, are focussed on strengthening their community by growing community capability and adopting a ‘Build Back Better’ approach to the effects of COVID-19 through their sporting programmes, increasing community resilience, and social capital.
“Our renewed multi-purpose courts, which will also include netball and basketball courts, will foster our community’s ability to spring back. The courts will be a place for people to congregate and build social connection and wellness,” says Chairman of Te Takinga Marae, Fred Whata.
“The new courts will support the local community who need it, most namely tamariki, rangatahi and their whānau.”
Rotorua Trust Chairman, Stewart Edward says strengthening communities is vital amidst a global pandemic and so much uncertainty.
“It’s pleasing to see the trustees of Te Takinga Marae working hard to seek funding to upgrade something that will benefit the entire community in some way.”
Following completion in mid-2021, the marae will begin a weekly sports programme for the community. The renewed courts will also be available for visitors and the wider community.
The installation of floodlights will also make it a more accessible meeting place for the community’s young people and will also be utilised by the Pikiao Rugby League Club and Whangamarino School.
Te Takinga Marae will contribute to the upgrade and has also received funding from Rotorua Lakes Council’s Te Rakau Tupakari fund with applications to other organsations pending.