Jamie Tuuta at Hereheretau Station

Tēnā koutou katoa,

Well what a great year of achievement it’s been for us here at Te Tumu Paeroa. Before we all head off for a well-deserved hararei with the whānau, it’s a good time to reflect on the many highlights and successes we’re proud to have helped create.

Te Aro Pā Papakāinga opened its doors

Jamie Tuuta at Te Aro Pā opening 2One of the achievements we’re proudest of this year is the completion of the papakāinga housing development at Te Aro Pā. The power of partnership in it’s very definition. Building affordable and sustainable homes for whānau in a time in Aotearoa where housing continues to be a leading issue is part of what makes this project so special. I think Te Ururoa Flavell (Minister for Māori Development) said it best when he commented “it’s for the betterment of our people, on our own land, in their own space – you can’t get it any better”.

We’re all a-buzz about Mānuka Honey

We’re working in some of the most remote places in Aotearoa to get more bee hives onto blocks. A pilot project in Te Tairāwhiti has demonstrated a perfect example, returning additional income to owners from land that isn’t easily able to be used for anything else. Some might think being hidden away in the sticks from thriving business hubs makes business harder, but not if you’re in the honey game. It’s being nestled away from those very places that offer the best conditions; meaning Māori have some of the most prime land for honey production in not just New Zealand, but the world. With an $83-million-dollar increase in honey exports in 2015, the future for mānuka honey is bright, and we’ve already identified the potential for 1,600 more hives for the 2017/18 season.

Jamie speaking at Te Aro Pā openingIt hasn’t all been easy in 2016. Dairy, sheep and beef farming faced a challenging year due to numerous circumstances such as global down turn, and not quite being able to meet production expectations. Even so, our long term planning and cost control management takes these types of years into account and we’re still pleased with their performance this year.

Growing Kiwifruit enterprises

Kiwifruit orchards exceeded both budget and performance expectations with record breaking results. Exports rose 47% to reach $331 million. We’ve been in the business for a while now, through a lot of industry ups and downs but we’re now in a really good place to take our operation to a whole new level.

Taking our communications digital

We’ve started moving ourselves and our owners into the future through the ways we engage and communicate. In an effort to increase ownership interest and to make owners who are far away feel more connected to their whenua, we’ve begun trialling electronic meetings of owners. These interactive experiences offer consistency and a true sense of rangapū. We’ve updated our website, and we’re expanding our reach on digital channels to current and future generations of kaitiakitanga to create a true sense of community and togetherness.

If 2016 is anything to go by, then the future looks bright. Whāia te iti kahurangi ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei.

Enjoy your break, take care of yourselves and your whānau. Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi nui o te tau hou.

Jamie Tuuta
Māori Trustee
Chief Executive of Te Tumu Paeroa