The Trust


Our Vision

Tātou Tirohanga


“The vision has been, since the trust was formed, to develop the land in the best interests of the beneficiaries.” – Malcolm Short, Trust chair


Tumu Kaituna 14 block is not for sale.

Since the Trust was first formed, we have aspired to develop the whenua in a way that recognises our take tupuna and the historical significance of the whenua while providing ongoing benefit for current beneficiaries and our nga uri.

We want any proposals for land development to protect places of natural significance and preserve the most unique aspects of the block’s natural environment.

We also think special places within our land should be set aside for the use of the beneficiaries to allow whānau to stay connected.

Our land, for us all, for the future. Together.

Tō mātou whenua, ta tātou katoa, mō ā meāke nei, ngātahi.

What is the Trust?

The Tumu Kaituna 14 (TK14) Trust is an Ahuwhenua Trust established in 1973. The Tumu Kaituna 14 Māori land block used to be managed by the Māori Trustee, with advice from Advisory Trustees who represented the beneficiaries (beneficial owners). It was transferred to individual trustees in 1990 and we were confirmed by the Māori Land Court to act on behalf of all beneficiaries.

When the Trust was established, our stated purpose was to develop the land to provide long-term benefits for our people. Since that time, we have been working on ways to improve our land for generations to come.

Our whenua is not for sale, but we want to make sure it provides benefits for us all.

You can learn more about Ahu Whenua Trusts here and you can read the Trust Deed (the guiding document) here.

Our Land – Our History

The Tumu Kaituna 14 land block covers approximately 240 hectares and is located between Pāpamoa and Maketu at Pāpamoa East/Te Tumu in Bay of Plenty.

Te Tumu has had a long connection with Te Arawa, dating right back to when the waka first landed over 800 years ago. The Kaituna river provides a physical link with Rotorua.

We have never severed the connection with our whenua, the coast or the awa. The block’s substantial coastal dune system, the Wairakei stream and the Kaituna river are important natural features that connect us to the land.

As well as Tumu Kaituna 14’s historical significance, there are also heritage and burial sites – including along the margins of the stream, within the dunes and along the river. We have worked to investigate the location and significance of these sites and we will ensure they remain protected.

The whenua’s iwi ties go back to Ngāti Uenukukopako, Ngāti Rangiteaorere and Ngāti Rangiwewehi. There are approximately 5050 persons on the register of beneficial owners, and the trustees represent all of them, regardless of the size of their shareholding.

Trustees and Trust Rotation


The current trustees are:

Malcolm Short (Chair)
Pirihira Fenwick
Anaru Bidois
Emily Rota-Bidois
Waldo Houia
Uenuku Fairhall


In June 2018, the Trust asked the Māori Land Court to let us bring in new trustees. We want to make sure we have fresh ideas and the right mix of talent to make the most of our opportunities. We have also asked the court to introduce trustee rotation because we consider this to be important for the significant mahi we have in front of us.

These changes were declined in the Maori Land Court decision in October 2018 and were included as part of our appeal to the Māori Appellate Court. You can read more about our court application here.

In the Maori Appellate Court decision in April 2020, the Maori Appellate Court allowed in part the Appeal subject to further owners’ consultation on the new trustees and trustee rotation proposals to change the Trust Order and then taking these matters and the other requested changes to the Trust Order back to the Maori Land Court.

Due to the short window of time allowed to lodge an Appeal, in order to protect the Trust’s position and based on initial legal advice received, the Trustees have subsequently decided to appeal the Maori Appellate Court’s decision regarding the status change application part of the decision to the New Zealand Court of Appeal. You can see further information on the Maori Appellate Court’s decision in the Our Court Application section here.