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Our mahi

Our role is to provide professional trustee services for Māori. We do this by carrying out the terms of trusts and ensuring the whenua is protected and enhanced for future generations. 

Our kaimahi are passionate about supporting the Māori Trustee to administer whenua on behalf of Māori land owners. 

Many of our kaimahi have a deep knowledge and long-association with the whenua in their rohe (region).

The Māori Trustee administers approximately 88,000 hectares of whenua – about 7% of all Māori land in Aotearoa.

To find out if your whenua is administered by the Māori Trustee, you can check our records here.

Our rohe and tari 

Our tari (offices) are located across three rohe:

Pou Tāhū | North region

  • Kirikiriroa (Hamilton)
  • Rotorua

Pou Tokomanawa | East region

  • Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne)

Pou Tuarongo | South/West region

  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington)
  • Whanganui

What we do

Where the Māori Trustee has been appointed as responsible trustee of a Māori Land Trust, we provide a range of services that support the owners and trustees, including:

  • Administer trusts in accordance with the trust order
  • Convene and facilitate owner hui, also known as meetings of owners
  • Provide reports and information regarding the administration of the trust and the whenua to advisory trustees and owners
  • Identify and undertake work to protect and enhance the whenua 
  • Manage and distribute trust funds to owners consistent with the trust order
  • Lease property on behalf of the trust
  • Work with owners interested in taking over the administration of their whenua. 

If the Māori Trustee has been appointed in a different role, such as custodian trustee or is acting as agent for your trust, the services we provide may differ. Learn more about how we work with trusts.