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Welcome to the Ngai Tukairangi Trust Website

Our website profiles the Ngai Tukairangi Trust, our history, our people and our future aspirations.  Our Trust is located on the Matapihi peninsular, Tauranga, New Zealand.  If you are a shareholder, view the "Shareholders" section for key information.  If you want to know more general information, the Trust invites you to read on.
Tena koutou katoa.  Some of you may be asking, how did Ngai Tukairangi Trust come about?

Trust Beginnings

Ngai Tukairangi Trust emerged from pressures associated with impeding urbanisation upon the Matapihi peninsular. 
A clear goal of our shareholders was to ensure that we retained our land and developed it for our own needs.

Some of the land blocks in Matapihi were part of the Matapihi Ohuki Trust, governed at that time by people such as Bill Ohia, Turirangi Te Kani and Judge Ed Durie. Some of the Matapihi remains within the Matapihi-Ohuki block to this day. Several other blocks and their trustees opted to either create new trusts and/or amalgamate together. 

Ngai Tukairangi Trust was borne from those discussions in the early 1980s. Turirangi Te Kani was one of the driving forces behind its establishment at that time. 

The Trust was originally a bare block and was developed under part 24 of the Maori Affairs Act in 1984 when the Department of Maori Affairs supported these initiatives.

The first trustees on the block were Turirangi Te Kani, Mahaki Ellis, Toa Faulkner, Lincoln Smith, Wiparera Te Kani, & Pokai Waiari. Some of these trustees have passed on now; others have resigned. 

The first Chairperson was Turirangi Te Kani, then Wiparera Te Kani, then Bill Hiamoe, Mahaki Ellis and now Ratahi Cross.

The rest of the story as the saying goes, is history.

Core Business

The Ngai Tukairangi Trust core business is horticulture. We are an industry leader in the production and harvesting of kiwifruit. Our future aspirations for growth and expansion continue to be associated with horticulture. However, the Trust aims to pursue other business opportunities.

Other Key Business Activities

Our key business activities have progressed beyond horticulture to include investments in property and shares.

Significant Milestones

The Ngai Tukairangi Trust has been in operation for over 30 years. In that time, we have

  • Advanced our business into a multi-million dollar operation.
  • Advanced towards being industry leaders in the production of kiwifruit.
  • Provided community, education and now sporting and cultural grants to our shareholders, their children and the community at large.
  • Created a purpose built office building for our senior management team at the orchard.
  • Progressed towards training our trustees in Institute of Director recognised corporate governance courses. 


Strategic Vision

Manaakitia nga taonga tuku iho,
whaia nga wawata,
kia tu rangatira nga tangata

Care for our treasures that we have inherited
and pursue our greatest dreams
so that we can stand tall as a people

“Culture, Business, People”

 Papaki tū ana ngā tai ki Mauao
I nekenekehia, i nukunukuhia
I whuia reretia, e Hotu a Wahinerua ki te wai
Ki tai wiwi, ki tai wawa
Ki te whai ao, ki te ao marama
Tīhei Mauriora

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