Perpetual Guardian Head Office

Perpetual Guardian Head Office






Onuku Maori Lands Trust 


Ko Ruawahia te maunga
Ko Onuku kei te putake
Ko Rotomahana te moana
Ko Rangiaohia te whare tupuna
Ko Ngati Rangitihi te Iwi
Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Mokonuiarangi te tangata.


In 1882 the Lands now known as the Onuku Maori Lands Trust was partitioned and handed back to Ngati Rangitihi. Following the Tarawera Eruption on 10th June 1886 which wiped out among other things the Rangitihi Pa located at Moura on the shores of Tarawera, and of course the World Famous Pink & White Terraces on the shores of Rotomahana. The surrounding lands including that of Onuku was covered with Rotomahana Mud and portions of Tarawera Ash/gravel. These soils today, make up the base of the Onuku Farms. The estate stretches from Mt Tarawera in the North to Timberlands boundary in the South across S.H.38.

From 1963 the Land was developed and managed by the Dept of Lands & Survey and handed back to Ngati Rangitihi in 1982 when the Onuku Maori Lands Trust was formed. It had been run as one big drystock farming operation, but one of the goals of the Trust was to diversify and dairy was a good choice.  Today the trust has developed to consist of four dairy farms, a drystock farm, forestry, natural reserves and a Manuka plantation.  Onuku has also developed outside the farm gates, starting an export honey business – Onuku honey.

Onuku is the winner of the 2018 Ahuwhenua Trophy for dairy.  It is also the recipient of the Rotorua 2018 Westpac Business Excellence Award in Primary Industries.

Onuku Maori Lands Trust has a strong environmental focus and has large areas in reserves.  It participates in local initiatives to help protect waterways and lakes.

Another objective of the trust is to support Onuku owners in farm management and the trust has started a database of those interested in the Agriculture industry so that Onuku can provide pathways through to farm management.  Please contact if you wish to be added to this database.

Education grants are available to those studying at a tertiary institute or university who whakapapa directly to an owner in Onuku. 

An agriculture scholarship sponsored by Agfirst Rotorua is also available annually.

The amount of the grant is dependant upon the number of applicants.



  • Applications to be considered as a recipient for funding are assessed annually. The next granting cycle will be from Wednesday 6th February to Sunday 7th April 2019.  Payments will be made within 30 days of applications closing, provided that all information has been provided by the applicant.
  • All applications must be completed online.
  • Each applicant must provide a copy of their certified photographic identification and bank verified bank details to Perpetual Guardian in line with the instructions on the application.  These must be posted to Perpetual Guardian.  An email copy will not suffice.
  • Trustees may request further clarification from the applicant regarding their application.


Regrettably, due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications. Please note the decision of the Trustee is final and not subject to any appeals process.



Click on the following grant button to start your application.

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