Our Projects and Initiatives

At Te Tawa Kaiti Lands Trust, we believe in the power of action. The seeds we plant today are the forests of tomorrow. We’re proud to share and celebrate our ongoing projects, initiatives and accomplishments that serve our mission.


Kua Amio

Bringing it full circle. The gathering and telling of stories and history through a variety of different media. The production of educational resources supporting local stories distributed to local schools and kohanga. Publishing of online resources to tell stories of our people and whenua.



Planting project on Paekoa Creek, partnered with Bay of Plenty Regional Council and local iwi.


Te Puna ō Te Aroha

Restoration of a wetland area in conjunction with Bay of Plenty Regional Council and involving local tamariki, schools and kohanga.


Te Tawa Road

Restoration project of Te Tawa Road – including clearing the sides of roads.

Community Hapori Initiatives

 Pakeke Kākahu

The provision of Kathmandu jackets to the pakeke that are active on the paetapu of the three marae that link to Te Tawa Kaiti.


Owhakatoro Hapu Day

Te Tawa Kaiti partnered with our accounting firm to facilitate a fundraising day. Providing entertainment and activities for the engagement of our tamariki, engaged with SunFM for event activiation.


Beefie Distribution

Donation of beef stock to local Marae (Tauarua, Paneteure, Owhakatoro), kohanga reo and for wānanga.


Te Manawa o Tuhoe Excess Furniture

The payment of excess furniture from Te Manawa of Tuhoe was paid forward to the kohanga reo.


Wifi Connect Ltd

Installation of network connectivity in Te Tawa.


Te Mātarua Mau Rakau Wānanga

Funding for event and kai provision made my Te Tawa Kaiti.


Christmas Luncheon

For Te Tawa Kaiti staff, trustees and advisors.


Owhakatoro Marae Defibrulator Assessment


Ruatoki Cluster Wānanga

– Dairy NZ on Calving
– Integrated Farm Plan, M Beckham
– Soils & Fert, Ballance


Ruatoki Cluster Wānanga IT Training, Farmsource

Fonterra facilitated onsite training for the Ruatoki Cluster on utilising the Farmsource website, building capability for the staff.


Te Tawa Kaiti Farm Staff H&S Training


Ruatoki Cluster Wānanga Rural Governance Development Program

Facilitated by Business Torque Systems


Dairy NZ Training on MaxT Strategy


Allegrow Training for Integrated Farm Plan


Te Tawa Kaiti Farm Staff First Aid Training


Te Oranganui ō Ngā Uri ō Te Tawa Kaiti

To secure a sustainable future for our whenua and people.

Sustainable Agriculture

We are committed to promoting sustainable agricultural practices. Our focus is on supporting sustainable farming systems that enhance biodiversity, foster resilience, and create a harmonious relationship between our people and our land.

Community Engagement

We believe that a strong community is built on connection, mutual respect, and shared vision. We organise regular Hui and workshops for our trust and community members. Through these Hui, we aim to keep our community informed, encourage active participation, and nurture a sense of unity.

Knowledge and Education

Te Tawa Kaiti Lands Trust is proud to support a range of local initiatives that focus on the preservation and promotion of Te Ao Māori. This includes support for local schools with Te Reo literacy programs, providing skilled employment opportunities for our whanau, and support for local Marae with the provision of kai and other resources.

Environmental Stewardship

We are passionate advocates for environmental stewardship. Our initiatives include undertaking native tree reforestation projects, protecting our waterways, and maintaining habitat for local wildlife. We are proud to be caretakers of our land, and strive to tread lightly on our whenua whilst maximising the benefits to our stakeholders.