It's been a long time coming for generations of a Northland hapū as decades of planning and substantial financial grants will come to fruition when work on a new marae starts in a few months.

The new Taiharuru Marae, on a 10.5ha block of land at Taiharuru Rd, 32km north east of Whangārei, will also act as a school of learning for tikanga and te reo Māori, a tourism hub for local businesses, electric vehicle charge stations, a search and rescue base, and a civil defence centre.

Northland groups get $1.5m of grants from Foundation North