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Welcome to the online portal for Totaranui A1D2B2B.

This site will provide information about the research and planning project the Trustees are working on with input from advisors and shareholders.

About Totaranui A1D2B2B

Totaranui A1D2B2B is a Māori land block with an area of 127 hectares leading up to the peak Tutae-a-Whata.

According to evidence given in the Totaranui cases at court sittings in 1886 and 1894, the lands around the block were originally conquered by the tipuna Pakaanui. His brother Rikipapaki, who was in the fighting, was awarded that portion of Totaranui from the Mangaetai Stream to just past the land that is now Totaranui A1D2B2B.  Rikipapaki’s descendants may have had a brief occupation on the land, but it wasn’t until Eparaima Uruika that permanent residence was claimed. He lived at Te Pa o Penu and Eparaima was a major claimant in the court during the Totaranui Appeal case. The Court decided to award this section of the land, Totaranui No. 6, to Rikipapaki’s descendants.

Most of the people were living at Hiruharama at the time and they were known as the Te Aowera hapū.

After lands were consolidated, Wi Paniora, his brother Te Rauna and his sister Heneriata Puhata Makarini were able to partition land for themselves to build on. Wi Koroua took the sourthern end, alongside him Te Rauna, and Hei Kuia (Heneriata) took the northern end including what is now Totaranui A1D2B2B.

Originally the Makatote Stream divided the land with Totaranui to the east and Te Ahiateatua to the west. South of Ahiateatua is the Pahitaua block and south of Totaranui is Waihuka block.

Totaranui A1B2B2B has nearly 400 shareholders decended from Henreta Puhata Makarini and is currently administered by Te Tumu Paeroa, the Māori Trustee. The block has five Advisory Trustees representing shareholders: Te Rina Aupouri, Rahera Gibson, Natasha Koia, Marylyn Nalder and Tui Tibble.

10% of the 127ha is classified as Class 4 (gentle rolling country), 90% is Class 7 (steep to very steep and erosion prone). After many years of leasing to Pākehā farmers, the farm land has been leased by shareholder Te Rina Aupouri and her husband Mohi since 2002. In 2015 a 400m2 section was leased for 30 years to the Lena and Matini Koia Whānau Trust as a house site for Natasha Koia and her husband Manu Caddie. Rakiora Rueben and her son Pine Brown and his partner Lisa live in the cottage on the block.

Land Use Project

In 2016 the Advisory Trustees and Te Tumu Paeroa agreed to undertake an assessment of land use options for the block. The Ministry of Primary Industries have provided funding to engage advisors to research options with shareholders and trustees to identify land use options that align with the values and priorities of shareholders.

The project will investigate:

  • the feasibility of utilising parts of the block to grow indigenous trees and herbs via locally eco-sourced plants
  • growing trees for carbon credits and fruit/nuts, bioactive extracts, honey and address erosion issues
  • growing harakeke for commercial seed oil, honey, fibre and root extracts
  • establishing a pilot aquaponics system to grow plants indoors
  • a business case to attract capital investment and as a guide to landowners around the business development scenarios and priorities
  • permaculture options for the block will also be included in the planning process.

Land block representatives will work with land use advisors to prepare a land development plan based on scalable production including seed selection, germination and seedling preparation for open planting.

The land development will be designed to expand in 2-3 stages. The trustees need to understand any regulatory and physical constraints for the land use as a location for growing particular native plants, including what the options are for accessing water, fertiliser and physical infrastructure requirements.