Historical Archive - Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust
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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


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




Release of Lands from Maori Trustee to Court appointed Trustees


Pukeroa Oruawhata Trust established


Waitangi Tribunal claim Wai 94 lodged

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


Number of Trustees reduced to 6 through attrition


Ngāti Whakaue Tribal Lands Inc appointed as Custodian Trustee

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


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.


Demolition of Railway land buildings

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


Blockbuster Video opens

Signing of Protocol with Rotorua District Council

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

Return of Ngāti Whakaue Education Endowment

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

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


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


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


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.


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


Formation of Ngāti 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


Formation of Te Taumata Matauranga o Ngāti Whakaue Trust

Creation of a Trust to promote Ngāti 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


Kidicorp corner


Pukeroa Oruawhata House extended

BNZ customer banking ground floor tenant.

The Shed Bar

Ex. DoC building


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


BNZ House built (Block D)

Postie Plus a ground floor tenant.

Mall covered in to create Foodcourt and improved facility


Breakers closes

Mitre 10 Mega – Trade Central opens

Westpac Bank


The Shed Bar closes

Kurious Kiwi

Ex. Breakers

Kurious Kiwi closes

Cobb & Co new tenant.

Carl’s Junior opens

ANZ Bank


Bed Bath & Beyond

Central Mall.


ASB Bank


Uncle Bill’s (ex. Bond & Bond)


Haupapa House (ex-RSA)

The Care Village, Ngongotaha

Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa Soil Turning Ceremony


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

Indian Star Express opens at Trade Central

Beds 4 U opens at Rotorua Central


Torpedo 7 opens at Rotorua Central


Mancraft and a laundromat open at Trade Central


Stihl Shop and Petstock open at Trade Central

Pagani, Laser Clinic New Zealand and Cotton On open at Rotorua Central


Nelly Boo opens at Rotorua Central