Today we launched Taikura Nuku, a new land analysis model that gives Māori landowners, trustees, and investors’ confidence in their decision-making.

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Today we launched Taikura Nuku, a new land analysis model that gives Māori landowners, trustees, and investors’ confidence in their decision-making to secure enduring social, cultural, environmental and economic outcomes for their whenua.

Taikura Nuku land analysis model shows how Māori land can operate at highest and best use by combining Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research datasets, geospatial data, industry benchmarks, and Te Tumu Paeroa land portfolio information.

Jamie Tuuta, Māori Trustee and CEO of Te Tumu Paeroa, today said, “With a lot of Māori land underperforming, we identified a need for a model to support decision-making, attract investment, and communicate the value of Māori land.

“Before Taikura Nuku, Land Class and labels like ‘marginal land’ have been used to diminish the mana of our whenua. We’ve created a robust, data-driven model that captures and communicates the potential of the land, recognising our whenua as taonga tuku iho, a treasure to be handed down.”

Blair Waipara, Land Development Manager at Te Tumu Paeroa said, “We created Taikura Nuku because we needed a model that takes into account the wider environment. It combines emerging technology, novel uses of existing data, and our own institutional knowledge, to find innovative new approaches to understanding the land and what it is capable of.

“But the real value is how simple Taikura Nuku makes communicating, interpreting, and evaluating the options.”

Taikura Nuku has already helped to secure $30 million of investment into Māori land to turn former maize crops into high-performing kiwifruit orchards with the potential to generate significant returns to owners. A number of kiwifruit orchards have already broken-ground.

It has also supported the development of a pilot mānuka plantation as part of the High-Performance Mānuka Plantations Programme led by the Ministry of Primary Industries, Comvita and the Mānuka Research Partnership. In September 2017, 63,000 mānuka seedlings were planted on land that had formerly been described as marginal, with limited options.

Te Tumu Paeroa is now using Taikura Nuku with existing clients so they can make more informed decisions, and is working with partners including AgResearch to develop a full suite of tools to generate value for landowners.

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About Te Tumu Paeroa

For more information please contact Sara Passmore, Marketing and Communications Manager, by email at or by phone on 022 4356 117.

Everything we do at Te Tumu Paeroa is focused on protecting and enhancing Māori land. Our vision is to support land owners to use their land to its fullest potential – creating a legacy for this generation, and the generations that follow.

Te Tumu Paeroa is an independent organisation led by the Māori Trustee. We manage over 100,000 hectares of Māori land on behalf of nearly 100,000 owners.