Our Vision:

Ko Takapuhurihuri e whangai ngā tangata
The ever turning stomach. The food basket that sustains the people.

Our Mission:

To acknowledge and embrace:
our cultural, educational and environmental responsibilities which will create a sustainable food basket for our whānau.

Our Values:

Management is guided by the four values of the Kokako Trust vision:

(Identity, authenticity and cultural awareness)
(Identity, pride, respect, leadership, skilled and successful)
(Effective management and guardianship of resources and history)
(Whakaaro pai ki te katoa)



cover.jpgThe Trust's history has been immortalised in book form by author Kevin O'Connor. It chronicles our first 30 years and is a light and informative read. Download the free book here. (8Mb PDF)

And here is a few more memorable moments since - pick a year!


Patricia Kaisserian

Retirement of Patricia Kaisserian, a Trust shareholder who looked after the Trust’s accounting for 30 Years

30th Anniversary

30th Anniversary celebration at Ngātira.

Happy Birthday!

Te Wano Walters 83rd Birthday at a Trustees meeting

Jackie Aratema

30.3.2017 Jackie Aratema Retirement as a Trustee

Riria McDonald and Kyle Amopiu appointed Trustees to replace Te Wano Walters and Jackie Aratema.

Restructure establishing Kokako Pi Karere LP as the farm operations entity. Gloria Koia, Riria McDonald and Airini Hepi appointed directors.

Ngātira Lease

Ngātira lease signed up for a further 5 years.


279 Kokako Rd property (1.1211ha) purchased to establish the Tuarima Hemp operation.

Charitable Trust incorporated

The Kokako Manaaki Charitable Trust was incorporated and registered as a Charitable Trust to manage future social grants.

Huimai Makela’s 80th Birthday celebration at a Trustees meeting

Takapuhurihuri project commenced
Environmental Footprint and assessment Report completed by Wellcomm group.

Forestry commenced

Forestry of small woodlots commenced

Hemp licence

2020 Hemp Licence granted


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Ngā Marae  
o Kokako

marae-whakaraatamaiti.jpgWhakaaratamaiti Marae
marae-parawai.jpgParawai Marae
marae-mangakaretu.jpgMangakaretu Marae
marae-hinerangi-okauia.jpgHinerangi Tawhaki Okauia Marae
marae-pikitu.jpgPikitu  Marae
marae-turakenga.jpgTarukenga Marae
marae_0001_marae-ngatira.jpg.jpgNgātira Marae
marae_0004_marae-paparamu.jpg.jpgPaparamu Marae
marae_0001_marae-ruapeka.jpgRuapeka Marae

The inhabitants of the area have fought a mixture of invaders and refugees for control of the lands for more than 400 years, at least since the climactic series of battles in about the mid-16th Century between Tainui peoples spreading south from Kawhia and the previous inhabitants (principally the tribe known as Ngati Kahupungapunga).

Raukawa, born near Okoroire according to most traditional stories in about the middle of the 15th Century, began the wider links by marrying an Arawa woman, Turongoihi. Their sons began the line that leads to the owners of the Kokako block.


Kokako Trust
Pukeora Oruawhata House
2/11176 Amohau Street
Rotorua 3045
Ph. 07 343 1050
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