In March 2019 we launched a new and improved My Whenua — making it easier for owners, trustees and whānau to stay connected to their whenua anytime, anywhere.
With 10% of Māori land owners living overseas, and many more than that living away from the whenua keeping up-to-date with the administration of the whenua can be challenging.
In 2011 we established My Whenua. An online portal that provided access to maps, reports and trust details that was previously only available at meetings of owners. Since then over 8,000 Māori landowners registered for the service.
Utilising the latest technology
Now, we've utilised the latest technology to improve My Whenua: enabling whānau to access the service, adding new functionality and making the service more user-friendly.
The new features and improvements are based on feedback from owners and registered users from the last five years. The service is also mobile-friendly. "Over 40% of visits to our website are from people using mobile devices," says Te Tumu Paeroa Communications Manager Sara Passmore. So, making sure that My Whenua is accessible on all devices was important.
New features include:
- Whānau sign up - so that the next generation of Māori landowners can learn about their whenua.
- The latest in GIS mapping - zoom in and out to see the surrounding area.
- RSVP to hui online – let us know if you can attend the next hui for your whenua.
- Notifications about lease or trust updates.
- Update contact details online.
The Māori Trustee, Dr Charlotte Severne, says "we've invested in a secure online platform for Māori landowners, trustees and whānau to engage with their whenua. This is about making it easy to stay informed and connected no matter where you live."
If you, or your whānau, are connected to Māori land that Te Tumu Paeroa look after you can sign up at mywhenua.co.nz.