Business Activities

Strategic investments

Supporting growth and sustainability

Pouakani Trust has a number of different business activities which it runs on behalf of the Pouakani People.

Since settlement was received, Pouakani Trust has been determined to carefully develop and grow the assets of the Trust in order to build a secure economic base – one that will provide increasing financial support and meaningful assistance to the members of the Trust.

Innovative ideas, strategic investments and unique business relationships have all provided our Trust and its membership with significant growth to date, so that we now have the foundations in place for future development.


Ranginui Station Ltd Partnership (RSLP)

Ranginui Station Limited Partnership (RSLP) is a 2400ha property comprising 3 Dairy Units (405ha, 420ha, 324ha), a Drystock Unit (520ha) and Forestry Blocks (340ha planted with a further 80ha planned) run by the Board on behalf of the Shareholders. The Board comprises the following Directors: Matt Pepper (Chair), Kevin Were and Brad Tatere. RSLP’s shareholding is split between four shareholders as follows: Pouakani Trust and Raukawa Iwi Development Ltd (45% each) and Te Tumu Paeroa and Lake Taupo Forest Trust (5% each).

Across the farms RSLP has 17 full-time staff plus casual staff as needed. RSLP has a milk production target for the 2021/2022 season of 972,000kg/ms and runs on a predominantly farm System 3 on the Dairy units to achieve this. The farms winter approximately 3,100 Cows, 800 Dairy Heifers, and 300 Dairy Beef/Bulls.

The Board together with Staff are working to achieve our vision “farming for sustainable profit”. This is guided by our values and strategic pou outlined below:


  • Kaitiakitanga – Guardianship
  • Manaakitanga – Respect and Encouragement
  • Whakawhanuangatanga – Relationships and connections
  • Mana Motuhake – Self-determination, doing things with pride

Strategic Pou:

  • Profitable production – focused on grass utilisation
  • Continually improving – the farm and forestry assets
  • Provide consistent Distributions – to Shareholders
  • Growing equity – each year

Contact Details: [email protected]


Waipohutu Forestry Ltd

Waipohutu Forest consists of 1,675 hectares of mature forest which was received from the Crown in July 2002, and sits on the lower slopes of Pureora Maunga.

Part of the forest has been harvested, 600 hectares has been replanted and 700 hectares has been converted to farming with 400 hectares already completed.

Pouakani Trust intends to hold this forest to full maturity as a long term investment.

Huiarau Farms Partnership

In December 2003, Pouakani Trust entered into partnership with Titiraupenga Trust resulting in Huiarau Farms Partnership.

The Partnership comprises of two dairy farms and two drystock farms.

The largest dairy farm is 277ha effective and runs, at peak, 767 cows through a 50 bale rotary shed on Partnership land.  The Partnership also has a 192ha effective dairy platform on Titiraupenga whenua.  This farm has 507 cows at peak milking through a 40 aside herringbone shed.  Both sheds run Protrack and are proud to supply Miraka Limited.

The Waipohutu farm is 730ha effective of ex-forestry with flat to rolling contour – the farm finishes beef cattle and lambs along with dairy grazers. The Bush Road farm is 564ha and also finishes beef cattle and lambs, and the dairy farms R1 heifers and carry-overs.

The business has 12 permanent staff and casual employees as required for busy periods like docking.

Huiarau Farms Partnership is also a long standing member of Awhina Group – a collective of like-minded Māori Agri-Businesses.

Contact Details Brett Kearins (Operations Manager) and Lisa Kearins (Business Manager) [email protected]

Postal address: 80 Bush Road, RD1, Mangakino 3492