Jared Hiakita is a young man on a mission and works with marae showing them ways to dispose of waste in an eco-friendly way.

His work as the coordinator with the Parakore programme has earned international acclaim.

Hiakita says taking care of the land and environment is his mission.

"Ko tēnei kaupapa, Parakore, he mea hei akiaki i te hāpori Māori kia māmā ake ngā tapuwae ki runga ia Papatūānuku."

He also says it's an initiative that promotes recycling and composting to whānau and to the marae. 

"Ko te marae he wāhi pai mo tēnei kaupapa i te mea te nuinga o ngā hāpori Māori e hono ana ki ngā marae. 

"Nā reira, kei reira te hapori ka huihui ai ki ngā marae, ki ngā kura, ki ngā rōpū Māori. 

"Mēnā ka tū ai ngā marae hei tauira ka hono ngā tāngata, ngā whānau ki tērā marae." 

Up to 352,000 tonnes of waste is disposed of in NZ and Hiakita says this will be remedied if we continue to be guardians of the earth. 

"Me whakahoki ēnei rauemi hei taonga kia taea e Papatūānuku te kai kia kaua e hoatu kia Papatūānuku hei pāngia i te māuiui ki a ia."

Parakore has been putting in the hard work for ten years.

Hiakita believes this is the way forward to be more environmentally friendly

"Ko te pae tawhiti o te kaupapa o Parakore ko ngā marae katoa o Aotearoa e mahi ana i tēnei kaupapa. 

"He pae tawhiti rawa tērā, engari koirā mātou e wawatahia ana." 

Next month, Hiakita heads off to America as he is being recognised as a Young Environmental Leader.

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