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Historical Archive

The journey of Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust since its beginning in 1980 has been one we can all take pride in!

From our simple beginnings we have grown to being an entity with a balance sheet worth over $227m.  This is not the result of one person alone but the outcome of a small dedicated team of Trustees and Advisors working together, through hard times and good times, but never wavering from our long term vision.

We are committed to continuing to grow the asset base so we can not only deliver benefits to our owners and beneficiaries but also for our mokopuna to come.

We hope you enjoy scrolling through our archival and historical information which will be added to as we progress.

Origins of Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust

B T Manley
Iwi & Land Historian, Ngāti Whakaue

Fenton Agreement

Original Titles

1993 Agreement

First Inaugural Minutes

Rotorua Borough Map

Timeline

View our key events from The Fenton Agreement in 1880 to present day.

1880

FENTON AGREEMENT

1980

Release of Lands from Maori Trustee to Court appointed Trustees

1981

Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust established

1987

Waitangi Tribunal claim Wai 94 lodged

The Ngati Whakaue claim in regard to breaches of the Fenton Agreement and the Thermal Springs District Act 1881.

1989

Number of Trustees reduced to 6 through attrition

1990

Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands Inc appointed as Custodian Trustee

A custodian Trustee was deemed necessary due to the large number of Trustees and signatures required.

1993

Signing of Settlement agreement with the Crown

Partial settlement of the Wai 94 claim.

Return of former Railways Land with rates bill of $800,000

A separate company Pukeroa Oruawhata Holdings Ltd was formed to progress the development of Rotorua Central. The 6 Trustees were appointed Directors of this company.

1995

Demolition of Railway land buildings


The Warehouse, Sizzler Foods, Burger King and Shell Service Station built on a buy back arrangement

1996

Blockbuster Video opens


Signing of Protocol with Rotorua District Council

This protocol recognises the special relationship of Ngati Whakaue and the gifted reserves, ensuring Ngati Whakaue are involved through POT in all decision making on the gifted reserves.

Return of Ngati Whakaue Education Endowment

The Endowment lands have been managed independently of POT although POT appoints 6 of the 11 Trustees.

Removal of Ngati Whakaue Tribal Lands Inc as Custodian Trustee under the Trust order

1998

Warehouse Stationery opens

Acquisition of DOC and Beaurepaires leases

Shed Bar closed 2013.

ASB Bank opened 2016.

Retail Mall development, Cost U Less, Payless Plastics

2000

Pukeroa Oruawhata House opens.
NWTL level 1.
Harcourts – ground floor

2002

Return of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Land

Pukeroa Lakefront Holdings Ltd formed to manage this property.

Compensation received for below market rents for Maori Reserved Land Leases

A 15 Year battle with the Crown ends with amending legislation to ensure market rents and cash compensation for the delay in implementing market reviews. Cash Compensation received was $1,826,655.

2004

Return of Ex Pererika St Telecom Depot

Separate company Pukeroa Properties (No 2) Ltd formed to manage this property

Return of 59 Haupapa Street (Maori Land Court building land)

Land held by POT. Ground lease only.

Briscoes and Rebel Sport opens

2005

Formation of Ngati Whakaue Pukeroa Oruawhata Tribal Trust

Creation of a joint Charitable Trust to manage tribal grants.

Return of Railway Corridor – Amohau Street

Land held by Pukeroa Properties (No 2) Ltd.

Harvey Norman

Farmers building

2006

Formation of Te Taumata Matauranga o Ngati Whakaue Trust

Creation of a Trust to promote Ngati Whakaue education initiatives.

Dick Smith Electronics


Land held by Pukeroa Properties (No 2) Ltd.

No 1 Shoes, Noel Leeming, Bond & Bond block


Rotation of Trustees introduced by the Maori Land Court as requested by the owners

The first rotation/re-election took place at the 2008 AGM.

Purchase of land and buildings (Gray’s Funeral Home corner)


Sizzlers closes – Breakers new lessee

2007

Kidicorp corner

2008

Pukeroa Oruawhata House extended

BNZ customer banking ground floor tenant.

The Shed Bar

Ex. DoC building

2010

Blockbuster subdivided into Burger Fuel, Pizza Hut, Subway, Super Liquor

2011

BNZ House built (Block D)

Postie Plus a ground floor tenant.

Mall covered in to create Foodcourt and improved facility

2012

Breakers closes

Mitre 10 Mega – Trade Central opens


Westpac Bank

2013

The Shed Bar closes

Kurious Kiwi

Ex. Breakers

Kurious Kiwi closes

Cobb & Co new tenant.

Carl’s Junior opens


ANZ Bank

2014

Bed Bath & Beyond

Central Mall.

2015

ASB Bank

2016

Uncle Bill’s (ex. Bond & Bond)

2017

Haupapa House (ex-RSA)


The Care Village, Ngongotaha

Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa Soil Turning Ceremony

2018

The Lake House

The Lake House deconstructed under monitoring by Heritage NZ. Earthquake risk. Only minor original historic features left.

Ti Street properties

photos to come

Bed, Bath & Beyond

Relocates to Trade Central


St Pierres Sushi and Pita Pit

Open at Trade Central

Kmart opens 16th March