Welcome to Wellington Tenths Trust Database  
The Wellington Tenths Trust was established to administer Māori reserve lands, largely in urban Wellington. It also administers a rural block in Kaitoke. The Reserve has a set of beneficial owners descended from Te Atiawa, Ngāti Tupaia, Taranaki and Ngāti Tama tūpuna who were resident around Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington Harbour) in 1840. In 1888 the Native Land Court determined 301 beneficial owners of the Tenths Reserves. There are currently over 4500 beneficial owners descended from them.

The origin of the Tenths goes back to the 1839 deed of purchase by the New Zealand Company, which promised the chiefs of the Port Nicholson district that they would retain one tenth of the total land ceded by them to be held in trust for their heirs forever. The Port Nicholson Block Claim is about the taking of Wellington land by various actions of past governments. The Wellington Tenths Trust administers what was left of the original reserve of over 4000 acres, on behalf of its beneficial owners.

The Wellington Tenths Trust is an Ahu Whenua Trust. It owns residential and commercial properties. Recent developments include Village at the Park, the retirement village at the old Athletic Park site, Taranaki 217, student accommodation in Taranaki Street, and a joint venture campus with Massey University. The Trust is a recognised iwi authority, and as such is in active consultation and partnership with city and regional Councils regarding development and long-term planning.

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Address PO Box 39294
Wellington Mail Centre
Lower Hutt 5045
Phone +64 4 473 2502
Fax +64 4 589 8810