Press Release January 2021
Iwi Trust Board to exit Dairy Farming in Otaki

An iwi Trust Board based in Otaki is making significant changes in 2021 to its land-based farming operations, changes that reflect its commitment to the environment and to future generations.

The historic Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board, having managed dairy farming operations in Otaki for a hundred years will exit dairy-farming on Tasman Road, Otaki, at the end of the current season. Its strategic planning over the past three years has reinforced a commitment to Kaitiakitanga following a growing appreciation of the sensitivity of land located between the town and the beach.

Chairperson of the Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board (OPTB) Rachael Selby said in the past three years, in developing a strategic plan, the Board had researched land use options across all its holdings. “It is now in a position to implement significant changes.”

Ms Selby said the negative environmental impacts that result from current farming practices on Whenua owned by the OPTB will be reduced. The Board can exercise Kaitiakitanga of the land, respect to the iwi owners and the community by proactively reducing the impacts of dairy farming in Otaki. We expect the iwi and the community will recognise the growing acceptance of the need for all landowners to take meaningful steps to restore the environment for future generations. Read the whole Press Release.

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Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board Announcement

October 2020


Over the past year, the Board and staff have focused on maintaining farm operations, ensuring the Health and Safety of all staff during the Covid-19 crisis, and developing a new Strategic Plan and vision for the future of the ŌPTB.


In June Rachael Selby and Denise Hapeta were re-appointed to the Board for a further 3-year term. Anne Carter and Barry Lyver were appointed to the Board in June 2019, and both lead the Audit, Investment and Risk Committee (AIRC).

Mark Taratoa, Dr. Arini Loader and Reverend, Dr. Rangi Nicholson were appointed to the Board in March 2020.


The Board anticipates that the Strategic Plan will be in place by the end of 2020, to provide a more focussed and clear direction going forward.

The Board’s primary activities are land-based which includes beef and dairy farming and leasing land for the purposes of education and horticulture.  


Unfortunately, in the past two years, the Board has not been able to offer secondary and tertiary scholarships. It is our hope and intention to be in a position to resume the distribution of scholarships in 2021. 


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