This commitment was one of complete dedication and through it, she worked very closely with local politicians and local government councillors to further community development initiatives supported by the marae and its people. Her goal was to bring the community closer to, if not into, the marae, to foster enduring positive relations between tangata whenua and all who may be unaware of what Māori is. In particular, she worked with MP Margaret Shields and local councilor Raukura Leather, whose stone memorial rests at Otaihanga Domain near where she lived.
Through this, she helped to bring back to the region authentic techniques for Maori weaving and the best varieties of Harakeke (flax) from all around the country. This Trust was formed with an idea of preservation of the old as cultural knowledge tools for the future. The legacy of this trust serves as an inspiration for many younger weavers in the Kāpiti Coast area today. In her later years, Hereke was honoured with a Queens Service Medal (QSM) for her services to the community.
The wetland has been recognized by the Wellington Regional Council as of particular significance under the Key Native Ecosystems Programme since it represents the largest interdunal swamp remnant in the region. The majority of this wetland has been formally protected (under a QEII covenant) by the Smith Family for many years before they agreed to develop the land.
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