About - Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust
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Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust was established in 1980.

Our Purpose

To administer the land assets of descendants of the original owners of Te Pukeroa Oruawhata block. View our historical archive.

Our Vision

Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust will be recognised as a leading New Zealand business that uses its resources to deliver market leading social and economic returns to its stake holders

The lands were previously managed by the Maori Affairs Department/Maori Trustee.

First Trustees were –

  • Alexander James (Alec) Wilson,
  • Malcolm Tukino Short,
  • Albert Frederick Arthur Orme,
  • Grace Dorina Thearesa Dorset,
  • Anthony Te Uruhi Wihapi,
  • Basil Corbett,
  • Akuhata Kakuere Morrison,
  • Stuart Rotohiko Te Haupapa Harris
  • The initial assets consisted of 20 x 1 acre lots set aside for use by the Native Owners under the Fenton Agreement signed by the Crown in 1880.
  • The Wai 94 Agreement was negotiated in 1993
  • The following surplus ‘gifted reserves’ were returned –
  • Ex – Rotorua Railway Station and marshalling yards 1995
  • Ex – Telecom works depot 2005
  • Ex – District Health Board Lakefront site 2005
  • 1996 Protocol Agreement was signed between POT and the Rotorua District Council (RLC).
  • The focus has been on developing the few assets into commercial enterprises to fund social benefits to the owners
  • Balance sheet now $227m (31/03/2017


Pukeroa Oruawhata Trustees also have the responsibility of appointing Trustees to the Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment Trust.

  • Casino Rotorua Ltd (CRL)
  • Lake House Resort Developments Ltd (LHRDL)
  • Lake Road Tavern Ltd (LRTL)
  • Lake Tavern Ltd (LTL)
  • Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust (POT)
  • Pukeroa Oruawhata Holdings Ltd (POHL)
  • Pukeroa Lakefront Holdings Ltd (PLHL)
  • Pukeroa Lakefront Limited Partnership (PLLP)
  • Pukeroa Properties Ltd (PPL)
  • Pukeroa Properties (No.2) Ltd (PPL2)
  • Pukeroa Oruawhata Lakefront Investments Ltd (POLIL)
  • Pukeroa Oruawhata Trustee Services Ltd (POTSL) (as Trustee of Pukeroa Oruawhata Charitable Trust)
  • Rotorua Casino Ltd (RCL)
  • Wai Ariki Spa Management Ltd (WASML)
  • Waihunuhunukuri Holdings Ltd (WHL)

Governance Structure 2017

Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust has had a long association with the Federation of Maori Authorities and without FOMA’s support and political strength we would not be where we are today.