Mokau Marae


PHOTO: DENISE PIPER Mokau Marae near Whangārei has banned women while building work is underway.

A ban on women at a marae building site could deter young women from working in construction, according to a company which encourages Māori and Pasifika people to learn trades.

Mokau Marae in Helena Bay, 46km north-east of Whangārei, has banned women from its grounds while its wharekai (kitchen) and wharenui (main meeting room) are built. The work is expected to be finished in 2020.

A sign on the marae’s gate reads: “Please respect our tikanga. No women allowed by order of the Marae Committee.”