Tupu Whenua

Supporting employment, enterprise and housing needs through better understanding and utilisation of our land assets

‘Manaaki whenua, manaaki tangata, haere whakamua’ – through better understanding, skills, relationships and use of our land assets our marae and organisation can better support employment, enterprise and housing needs of tribal members.

Waikato-Tainui will invest $10million in land development for the following purposes – growing food, solar farming, and the building of affordable homes.

Our Context

The Waikato region is the fourth biggest in New Zealand.

Collectively Waikato-Tainui are one of the biggest land holders in the Waikato region yet the potential of many of these land holdings is unrealised. 

The Waikato region and Hamilton in particular is growing in economic significance and is a key gateway to Auckland. 

Lands in the Waikato region are diverse and rich in natural resources and feature prime agricultural lands. 

Maaori homeownership enterprise and income rates continue to lag behind average New Zealanders.

Our Goals

  • 10marae landproposals progressed to feasibility study
  • 50-100 employment opportunities created
  • 50-100whaanau progressing through tribal housing programme
  • All tribal land assets identified and suite of supports for land utilisation developed

Links to Government Priorities

  • Supporting Maaori and Pasifika aspirations
  • Building a productive nation
  • Transforming the economy

Te Paa Whakawairua Project Lead – Ashley Aspinall

Contact: ashlee.aspinall@tainui.co.nz