Waikato-Tainui is a leading tribal organisation responsible for developing and implementing initiatives which improve iwi outcomes in the areas of education and training, employment, tribal preservation, marae development, health and well-being, and environmental and resource management.

Our business is guided by Whakatupuranga 2050  – our long-term blueprint for cultural, social and economic advancement for our people. A 50 year plan, Whakatupuranga 2050 involves three key elements fundamental to equipping our tribal members with the capacity to shape their own future:

  1. A pride and commitment to uphold their tribal identity and integrity
  2. A diligence to succeed in education and beyond
  3. A self-determination for socio-economic independence

These three key elements recognise the importance of tribal history, maatauranga, reo and tikanga; encourage a culture for success; and, express our commitment to develop and grow our tribal assets.

View our long term blueprint: Whakatupuranga 2050

Who we are

Our tribal organisation is made up of four entities that aid in building the capacity of our iwi, hapuu, marae and tribal members.

Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust

The Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust manages tribal affairs; implements the tribe’s development strategy; and, makes distributions for education, health and wellbeing, marae, social and cultural development.

Waikato Raupatu River Trust

The Waikato Raupatu River Trust was established to oversee and implement the 2008 Waikato River Settlement and related statutory and regulatory reform. It also leads and monitors our outstanding treaty claims.

Tainui Group Holdings

Tainui Group Holdings is the commercial arm of Waikato-Tainui. A property investment and development company, TGH operates a diversified investment portfolio including retail, residential, commercial, industrial and rural properties. TGH also manages Waikato-Tainui Fisheries Ltd, which owns and leases fishing quota and holds shares in Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd.

Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development

The Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development has been established as a place for higher learning. It is an international centre of excellence that aims to provide quality postgraduate study and research to strengthen iwi development, produce future leaders and support indigenous development.

Looking ahead

To build the capacity of our people and grow the prosperity of our whaanau will remain the driving force behind all our efforts. Kia tupu, kia hua, kia puaawai – To grow, prosper and sustain.