The History of Rotoiti 15 spans the past 60 years, however these lands have been occupied by our ancestors for generations. Māori Land Court records capture the history of our lands, which began as an amalgamation of several land blocks derived from Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Rongomai and Ngāti Tarawhai hapū lands, along with land received from an exchange with the Crown.
Rotoiti 15 was formed following a request from the Crown for more land to be added to the Okataina Scenic reserve. A request was made and agreed to, by the owners, for various portions of the lands to be included in a block called Okataina 12, along with Part of Rotoiti 14 (Crown block). This exchange demonstrates our forbearer’s commitment to environmental sustainability and maintaining land ownership for economic growth. The exchange of Okataina 12 and Part of Rotoiti 14 for equal sized land areas (Ruawahia X and Matahina X) enabled the Trust to maintain land’s for economic benefit whilst also contributing to the environmental sustainability of thier rohe.
In order to honor the aspirations of our tūpuna, it is essential that everything the Trust does is focused on contributing to the aspirations of our owners, hapū and iwi.
Rotoiti 15 Trust takes it’s role and responsibility as Kaitiaki of our whenua seriously. They are continuously reviewing their policies to ensure that sustainability, protection and enhancement of our taiao is at the forefront of our thinking. In commitment to the health and wellbeing of our whenua the Trust has formed a sub-committee in partnership with DOC charged with the management of Makatiti Dome. The Trust has further committed to ensure all its commercial activities are above compliance.
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