by Realising our Potential
To be a significant contributor to the wellbeing and advancement of Ngāti Whakaue lands and people.
To safeguard and improve corpus lands, grow our assets, build capacity and increase the wellbeing of Ngāti Whakaue.
About the Incorporation
Nau mai, Haere Mai
Since its formation on the 26th of July 1960, the Incorporation has been in the farming industry and includes three sheep and cattle stations.
The Incorporation owns 3,000 hectares of land surrounding the Rotorua township of which 1,800 hectares is part of 3 sheep and beef stations, 600 hectares are in forestry, small parcels of land are under lease and the balance is in native trees or riparian planting.
We receive lease income from telecommunication sites, rental properties, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility and other small tourism operations across the whenua.
These activities contribute to providing benefits to our shareholders and Iwi through initiatives such as the Grants, Whenua Planting Project and Housing Strategy which is aiming to support those who need rental accommodation, those who are in a position to purchase a property, and also our kaumātua who may be amenable to papakainga options.
We have undertaken extensive research and due diligence culminating in the completion of a masterplanning process, which provides the basis for a staged tourism development on Ngongotahā.
Purpose of Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands
The Purpose of Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands Incorporation is to:
- safeguard and improve corpus lands
- grow our asset base
- contribute to increasing the wellbeing of Ngāti Whakaue
- achieve owner expectations
- provide opportunities for our future generations
Kaitiaki – Aroha – Whakapono – Kotahitanga
The Incorporation’s Whakatauki is Mana Whenua, Mana Tāngata.
We are committed to upholding the honour of both the land and the people.
The Incorporation was formed on the 26th day of July 1960 through the amalgamation of 34 Māori land blocks held by Ngāti Whakaue descendants. It was formed to farm the lands. All rights relating to that activity were passed to the Committee of Management – the elected officials who run the Incorporation.
The Judgement says:
The matter has been traversed at much length over the last 3 years and the Court is satisfied that whatever they may one day say, the people now desire incorporation. Mr Tait’s statement probably puts the matter in the right perspective namely that Ngāti Whakaue are coming in as partners not as benefactors”
Another comment in appointing the committee of management highlighted the need for self-directed development saying, “This is one of the most substantial undertakings in the Bay of Plenty. Experience and ability are essential prerequisites to success” a decision on the appointment of the Committee was therefore delayed until a meeting at Tamatekapua Marae could be held.
Raniera Kingi made the closing comment at Court “We feel that neither we nor the Court can override the Act “the owners may appoint a committee”. Businessmen know nothing about farming – I have 25 years as a farming administrator. A good businessman is useless”.
First Committee of Management
The First Committee of Management was formed on 20th February 1961 with the inaugural members being:
- Frederick Bubb of Tokerau, Farmer
- Piwiki Heke of Rotorua, Draughtsman
- Alister Murray Linton of Rotorua, Civil Servant (he was then the Mayor of Rotorua)
- Willie Rika of Tirau, Farm Manager
- Tahi Tait of Koutu, Rotorua, Civil Servant
- Huia Tapsell of Koutu, Rotorua, Civil Servant
- Hohepa Mei Tatere of Dannevirke, Farmer
More information will be added to this historical account periodically.
Lands included in the Incorporation
The lands included in the Incorporation were:
|Name||Area – acres only|
|Total area||6843 acres|
|7||Rotomahana Parekarangi 4 (Omarukotuku)||487|
|8||Okoheriki 1K North 1||5|
|9||Okoheriki 1K North 2||5|
|10||Okoheriki 1K North 3||5|
|11||Okoheriki 1K North 4||5|
|12||Okoheriki 1K North 5||5|
|13||Okoheriki 1K North 6||5|
|14||Okoheriki 1K North 7||25|
|15||Okoheriki 1K North 8||33|
|16||Okoheriki 1K North 9||70|
|17||Okoheriki 1I East 2||139|
|20||Okoheriki 1H North 2||98|
|21||Okoheriki 1K North 4||16|
|22||Okoheriki 1K North 7||49|
|23||Okoheriki 1K North 8||14|
|24||Whakapoungakau 16/2B 2G1 residue||53|
|25||Wharenui A1 residue||542|
|26||Wharenui A2 residue||676|
|27||Puketawhero A2A1 residue||30|
|28||Puketawhero A2B2 residue||132|
|29||Puketawhero A1 sec 9/10A1 residue||73|
|30||Part Puketawhero A1 sec 9/10A3 residue||95|
|31||Part Rotohokahoka F8||393|
|32||Part Okoheriki 1H North 8 1B||42|
|33||Part Rotohokahoka E||26|
|34||Ngāti Whakaue Block||966|
|This block was formed on 1.10.1958 from the following: Part Puketawhero A2B1, suburb of Rotorua sections 53, 54, 56. Tihiotonga C1, C2A and D blocks|