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Published: 2002-12-03 00:00:00

Hamilton's Te Horanganui Marae has been given a $12,000 environmental boost from Environment Waikato.

The Waikato Regional Council grant will be used to restore a gully behind the Marae and set up an educational garden with native medicinal plants. The gully contains a stream which flows into the Waikato River.

Environment Committee Chair, Councillor Lois Livingston, said Council was impressed with the restoration work that had been done already at the Marae. The Marae Management Committee had worked closely with Wintec's landscaping department and had a clear vision for what they wanted to achieve.

As well as the grant from the Environmental Initiatives Fund, Environment Waikato staff were helping to control plant pests on the site and provide advice on the gully restoration.

"When complete, the Marae will be a great community resource with strong environmental values," Cr Livingston said.

Te Horanganui Marae is across the road from Melville High School and is regularly used by the school as well as for community meetings and to host international students.