Paehinahina Mourea Trust


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The Paehinahina Mourea Trust was established in 1972 under section 438 of the Maori Affairs Act 1953. It continues as an Ahu Whenua Trust under Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.

The Trust lands are located 12 km to the north east of Rotorua city. The land is owned by two hapu of Ngati Pikiao - Ngati Te Takinga and Ngati Hinekura. Over time the land has been known by several different titles: Taheke Papakainga, Mourea Papakainga, Tikitere Development Block and Paehinahina Mourea.

In the 1930s the land was farmed as dairy units under the management of the Department of Maori Affairs. It was the second Maori land scheme established by Sir Apirana Ngata. At the time, maintenance costs of farming were high, due partly to deterioration of fences and buildings through sulphur corrosion. When the land was given back to owners in 1971, it carried a substantial debt of about $90,000.

A decision was made then to opt out of farming and move to forestry. The debt was settled by selling the farming livestock and assets, and then a partnership with a forestry company was formed providing for an annual rental and share of stumpage.

The forestry lease was negotiated with PTY Industries for a term of 99 years, subject to rent reviews every 5 years. The lease is now with Fletcher Challenge Forests. Part of the western end of the block were sub-leased to the Forest Research Institute for scientific research into agroforestry, being trials of grazing livestock under trees.

In 1996 the Trust negotiated a forestry lease on an adjoining block of land, the Tikitere A Block, also known as Te Ata Block. The Trust planted this block in pine trees. In February 1987 the lease was terminated and the Tikitere A Block was aggregated with the Trust land. The Tikitere A block does not form part of the lease to Fletchers. The trees on this block are scheduled for harvesting around 2005.

Some areas of the block are not planted in forest. These are buffers, firebreaks, areas beneath power lines, geothermal (sulphur) areas, reserves such as Papakiore and wahi tapu. The area is geothermally active and contains many ngawha, waiariki and puna.

Important Dates

Annual General Meeting

Next Meeting - Date to be advised

Owners Inspection of Paehinahina Mourea Block

To Be Advised

Kaumatua Grants

To be advised