Mangatoatoa Nursery

With support from the Mangatoatoa Marae committee and the Waikato-Tainui Raupatu River Trust, Pūniu River Care were able to plan and construct a purpose built nursery on Mangatoatoa Marae. This followed the completion of a level 2 Horticulture course delivered, also on the marae through the Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC).


  • To educate and upskill rangatahi from Mangatoatoa Marae on how to plant and propagate plants
  • To create opportunities for whānau
  • To create capacity and capability to expand and grow
  • To be a model for other marae along the Pūniu river to follow suit


  • Connect whānau to nature and establish designated recreation and tourism areas
  • Extend and deepen engagement with marae
  • Have the capacity to establish native plantations, kai gardens and rongoā

Funded by:

  • Waikato - Tainui Raupatu River Trust
  • Mangatoatoa Marae