Another Auckland marae to house homeless

11:39 am on 15 August 2016

Manurewa Marae is opening its doors to the homeless, with a new 'Pō Marie' initiative to help those in need.

The South Auckland marae has launched the Pō Marie initiative - which translates as 'good night' - which will provide emergency shelter for four nights a week to those in need.

The trial programme at Manurewa Marae will run for 12 weeks and will house up to five families, and provide food and nightly shelter for 68 others.

The programme's launch comes just weeks after Te Puea marae began winding up its homeless assistance programme, which helped 156 people, including 83 children.

Board member Tunuiarangi McLean said Manurewa Marae became involved when Te Puea put the call out for other marae to help.

The Pō Marie programme begins today and will run until November, but will pause when tangihanga occur.

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