There's mahi to be done but the aroha flows in the 100th marae renovation of this feel good makeover series. The team of regulars, including hosts Te Ori Paki and Ria Hall, landscape designer David Clayton-Greene and builder Hare Anneff, meet a huge team of community workers in Martinborough all ready to give Hau Ariki marae a makeover. It's a time of beginnings and endings — kuia Kurawari Panere sheds happy tears when she sees whakairo (carvings) made by her late husband get pride of place at the newly renovated marae, and Anneff downs tools on his last episode.
The Patea Māori Club whare was in desperate need of repair when the Marae DIY team stopped by to give it a revamp. The catch — there’s only four days to do it. The renovations are given a personal note as the show’s regular builder Hare Annef is a Patea local. Also lending a hand are soldiers from the nearby School of Military Engineering. The pressure builds as mid-construction changes are made to the plans, while elsewhere local kuia reflect on the storied history of the club. As the clock ticks down, the race is on to finish, lest the iconic club go without a whare.