East Taupo Lands Trust administers 30,270 hectares of land to the south east of Taupo. The total land holding is made up of 20 individual land block, and there are over 15,000 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.
Binky Ellis - Chairman
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 - Trustee
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 - Trustee
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 - Trustee
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 - Trustee
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.