The Wellington Tenths Trust is an Ahu Whenua Trust constituted under Section 244 of Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993.

The Wellington Tenths Trust is an Ahu Whenua trust constituted by the Māori Land Court Order of 16 December 2003, pursuant to Sec 244 of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 which varied the original Trust Deed of 1977 and the subsequent variation of Deed made on 17 July 1996.

The Trust was established to administer Māori Reserve lands, largely in urban Wellington, although it also administers a rural block in Kaitoke, Upper Hutt.
The Trust owns a total of 81 hectares of land.

The beneficial owners of the reserves are descendants of hapu of Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama, Taranaki, and Ngāti Ruanui tupuna who were living within the rohe in 1839. There are currently 6,850 registered beneficial owners and many other whānau through those beneficial owners.

Since gaining rights to exercise self-management, and despite the ongoing prejudicial legislation under which they have been forced to operate, the Trusts have managed their resources in a positive way, growing their value from around $100,000 in the late 1970’s, and now have total assets as at 31 March 2019 of $86.8 million. The beneficial owners of the Trust are now achieving a good economic return from their assets.

This is an enormous success story, particularly in view of the fact that, for most of their operation the Trusts were denied in legislation equality with other landowners.

ASSETS

Property Developments

Commercial Properties

Student
Accommodation

Residential Properties

UPCOMING EVENTS

TRUSTEES

Anaru Smiler - Chairman

Anaru is of Te Ātiawa, Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki and Rongowhakaata descent.  His links to Te Ātiawa are through his father, Kingi Winiata Smiler, and his grandmother, Margret Wikitoria Smiler (nee Black).  Anaru lives in Wellington with his wife and two children.

Anaru has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Victoria University in Wellington and currently works as the Chief Operating Officer at the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA).  He has over 14 years’ experience working within the policy and regulatory environments in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and is actively involved in managing a number of Māori economic development initiatives.

Anaru is also the Co-Chairman of the Pipitea Marae Charitable Trust and Deputy Chairman of the Wairarapa Moana Trust.  He has a passion for Māori economic development and well-being and appreciates the huge shoes he must fill to continue his whanau legacy!

The Objective of Wellington Tenths Trust is:

To maintain and develop the reserves to the best financial and social benefit of the descendants of the original owners. Therefore the managing Trustees must look at investments and projects in a holistic way – incorporating cultural, social, spiritual and financial considerations in their decision making. Another responsibility of the Trust is to up hold the Mana Whenua status in the region. This means that Wellington Tenths Trust are involved in many different projects and activities in the Wellington region.