East Taupo Lands Trust - At A Glance

East Taupo Lands Trust administers 30,270 hectares of land to the south east of Taupo.  The total land holding is made up of 21 individual land block, and there are over 17,000 Trust owners.  The Trust is governed by a maximum of 5 trustees elected by owners for a term of 3 years.

The majority of the land is subject to an Air Access Licence for Hunting and Fishing.  However, the Trust is also actively involved in the honey industry, and has a native plant nursery and farm development based on the Runanga blocks.

East Taupo Lands Trust Charitable Trust is funded by East Taupo Lands Trust.  Its purpose is to distribute grants and benefits to Trust owners and their descendants.


Orangatanga - kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga, growth and prosperity for all


Ko Kaimanawa te pae maunga maimoatia, kei reira te oranga mo tatou

Caring for Kaimanawa for the prosperity for us all


Whakahaumaru, whakahaumako, whakatipu
Protect, nuture, grow


Goal 2:  Develop initiatives to protect and nurture the land

a.      To implement a comprehensive environmental management plan

b.      To ensure all land developments are environmentally sustainable

Goal 4:  Ahieve a sustainable increase in asset value and income yield 

a.      To increase net accrual income from all existing units & associated entities

b.      To secure external funding

c.       To establish managed funds

d.      To establish 1 new business unit or entity

e.    To develop our eco-tourism strategic opportunities


Goal 1:  Ensure owner benefits improve as Trust performance improves

a.      To ensure benefits are maintained and growing

b.      To know our numbers, in order to know our performance

c.    To increase the number of owners we can contact


Goal 3:  Ensure all of the Trust’s infrastructure is appropriate and robust

a.      To ensure effective and sound Trust management

b.      To strengthen the organisation structure including units and associated entities

c.       To have strong financial acumen

Our Trustees

Binky Ellis

Tena koutou katoa Ko Matauhipo toku Maunga Ko Waimarino toku awa Ko Korohe toku marae Ko Ngati Hine toku hapu Ko Ngati Tuwharetoa toku iwi My name is Clinton John Kaimanawa Ellis, known to my whanaunga as Binky Ellis. I am the current Chairman of the East Taupo Lands Trust and also the Chairman of the Lake Taupo Forest Trust. My involvement in these two large Ngati Tuwharetoa entities came about because of whanau and hapu insistence that I put my name forward to represent them. I consider it an honour and a privilege to represent my supporters on these Boards as I approach these roles with honesty and integrity. My thirty odd years of being self-employed underpins the experience I bring to the table. I am tight fisted and frugal with Trust finances and take a dim view of frivolous spending of Owners money. My kids tell me I am too old fashioned and stuck in my ways and should change with the times, but I make no excuses for how I see things and consider myself lucky to have sat at the table with some of the giants of Ngati Tuwharetoa people who made these Trusts what they are. East Taupo Lands Trust has three new Trustees now and I hope you will join with me in welcoming them to the Board. I’m sure they will bring new ideas and a fresh prospective to the work of East Taupo Lands Trust. Thank you again for your continuing support of the Trust and of the Trustees. Ngā mihi Binky Ellis (Chairman – East Taupo Lands Trust)

Mark Ross

I have experience & qualifications in environmental science, information systems, resource sustainability, and policy development. I have also lived overseas where I worked as a business analyst & project manager.

Matiu Northcroft

I am very humbled and proud to be a Trustee for East Taupo Lands Trust. My values and attributes seek to support continuity of the Trust’s long term prudent and sustainable economic growth strategies. I am passionate in kaupapa of cultural growth, and therefore support seeking alternative options for more Owner interaction on the whenua for our tamariki, rangatahi, pakeke and kaumatua. I strongly believe in nurturing whakawhanaungatanga relationships premised on the principle of moral respect that regardless of anyone’s role or status in life, we are all equal and no one person is any less or greater than the other.

Heemi Biddle

I am an owner in East Taupo Lands Trust through both of my parents, Jim and Nola Biddle.

I am currently involved in a number of roles at whanau, Marae, Hapu, Ahuwhenua and Iwi trusts and have been involved in Maori land governance for over 25 years I have a NZ Certificate in Forestry and a Bachelor of Business (Finance) degree and I am an Institute of Directors NZ Chartered Director.

As an owner and newly elected Trustee, I am passionate about the continued protection and enhancement of ETLT resources; improved health and wellbeing of our owners through grants and benefits; promotion of further sustainable commercial developments to provide opportunities and income for our owners; and improving Trust communication with owners by taking advantage of the many forms of communication available to us today.

Nga mihinui ki a koutou katoa.

Ngahere Wall

I am excited to be a Trustee on East Taupo Lands Trust. I am motivated to create opportunities for our Owners and Beneficiaries – such as, developing strategies and elevating our position for the benefit of tangata whenua and creating jobs for whanau. I believe our social and cultural values need to be the cornerstone that underpins our decisions and should be considered in our commercial and economic intentions.

Our Activities

Access for Hunting & Fishing

Heli Sika, who are based at Rangitaiki off the Napier-Taupo Highway, are the current holders of the Air Access Licence for Hunting & Fishing.  This means that if you would like to hunt or fish on our lands, or stay at one of our 20+ huts that we have, you will need to contact Heli Sika.  Their website address is www.helisika.co.nz.

Runanga Development

The Trust has converted approximately 200 hectares of land at Rangitaiki, from wilding pine and scrub to grass pasture.  The land is now leased for grazing.  In addition, the Trust has established a native plant nursery onsite.

Kaimanawa Native Plant Nursery

The nursery unit is a small –scale enterprise focused on successfully propagating native plants, particularly Mānuka; so as to:

  1. Increase the area and value of honey production in the central North island and related opportunities such as essential oils.
  2. Support kaitiaki initiatives on Trust lands such as erosion control and riparian planting.


Green Sphere

The green sphere represents kotahitanga with the whenua and ngahere cloaked ranges of the Kaimanawa, Runanga, Tapapa & Wharetoto which form the heart of East Taupo Lands.

Swirling Blue Lines

The swirling blue lines represent the 5 great rivers which are fed by the pure streams that originate on East Taupo Lands; the Mohaka, Ngaruroro, Rangitaiki, Rangitikei & Taupo Moana / Waikato.

The shape of these blue lines also represent a stylised karu and koru; Te Karu is the eye of the ancient taniwha that carved out the mountains & valleys, Te Koru is the growth of our prosperity & wellbeing.

Golden Amber Background

The golden amber background is the colour of clouds & sky above the Kaimanawa range as the sun reflects off Makorako at the change of light each day.