Our Story

Te Manawa o Tūhoe is an Ahu Whenua Trust established in 1973 through the amalgamation of 63 land blocks in the Tūhoe Districts of Rūatoki and Waiōhau.  This Trust was, until 30 June 2011, administered by the Tūhoe Waikaremoana Māori Trust Board (TWMTB)

Te Manawa o Tūhoe is managed and administered by a Trust Board and as from the 29 August 2020 Annual General Meeting elections and as approved by the Maori Land Court on the 23 February 2021, the elected responsible Trustees are:

Ngatai Rangihau (Chairman), Janet McLean, Titia Graham, Kararaina (Karlite) Rangihau and Maaka Te Moana,

The Te Manawa o Tūhoe Trust manages and administers 8,606 hectares of Māori land under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and has around 5,600 beneficial owners with varying interests in the land.

The Trust’s core business is our 250hectare Hatupere Dairy Farm made up of both Trust owned and leased land and milking an average of 650 cows each season. To support our dairy farm, we also have our Paekoa dairy support unit consisting of around 48hectares.

The Trust’s other key assets are the Tūhoe, Ahimanawa and Waiōhau Forests.

The Tuhoe 2,500hectare pine forest is on long term lease and is administered by a Forest Management Company.

The Trust owns and manages the 560 hectares of Ahimanawa and Waiōhau Forests.