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Our Mission Statement

Tiakina ō  na putea, ō na Whenua I tukua;
Ma tē poari te nei puaupapa. Nui e ehai ake nei:
Ka kō rerotia ki ō na rō pū Honohono;
Ka whakaha ere ō ne take. Katoa I te pono;
Ka whanaketia tō na oha ki. I tukua mo ngā rōpū.
Honohono, mō ngā uri e.

To guard/protect the financial resources and land holdings it has received:
It is for the board in it’s pursuits to:
Liase with it’s affiliated groups. Manage it’s affairs transparently and truthfully.
Advance the legacy it holds in stewardship for affiliatted groups and decendants of this and future generations

Who Are We

Where Are We

This website provides you access to information about Rakiura, the Rakiura Maori Lands Trust and its activities as the Land Administrator of most of the Maori land on Rakiura (Stewart Island), New Zealand. The Rakiura Maori Lands Trust (RMLT) is the largest private landowner outside of the New Zealand government on Rakiura. The Trust holds these lands in trust for many of the Rakiura Maori descendants, (the Indigenous inhabitants of the island), the history of whom goes back over 700 years. RMLT has a rich history with this very unique and beautiful island paradise, which is the third largest Island of New Zealand. Over time we will be building a resource of information for you to access about Rakiura and the activities of the Trust along with its current and historical association with the island. We hope you will find this site useful and we look forward to your feedback on how we can better deliver a useful and valuable service. For a further overview of Stewart Island follow this link to Wikipedia Rakiura (Stewart Island).

Rakiura Then and Now

Stewart Island Sanctuary
A TVNZ programme that looks at the eradication efforts by the Stewart Island Rakiura Community and Environment Trust (SIRCET) in the Halfmoon Bay area by the Stewart Island residents. Titled "Meet the Locals"

Rare Breed of New Zealand Sheep on The Neck
This is a short article on the beginning of sheep farming on Stewart Island.

Point Me South by Edward Wilkinson Latham
A great story about Stewart Island some great facts giving with an interesting perspective.

Stewart Island/Rakiura Conservation Management Strategy and Rakiura National Park Management Plan 2011-2021 - 2.4 Eastern/Tai Rāwhiti Place
The Stewart Island/Rakiura Conservation Management Strategy was prepared in accordance with the Conservation Act 1987. The objectives and policies in this section set out the overarching direction for the strategic and integrated management of all public conservation lands on Stewart Island/Rakiura for the next ten years or until formally amended or reviewed.

The New Zealand Railways Magazine February 1937
An article in The New Zealand Railways Magazine from 1937. An excellent read.

Pegasus Tin
Archaeological survey of the Pegasus tin field, southern Stewart Island/Rakiura by P.G. Petchey. This series of information chapters from the survey will give you an insight into the only Tin Mine in New Zealand's history.

Tutae-Ka-Wetoweto Forest Act 2001
The purpose of this Act is to give effect to certain provisions of the following deeds entered into by the Rakiura Maori Land Trust and the Crown relating to the Tutae-Ka-Wetoweto Forest:

  • the deed dated 9 October 1999; and
  • the deed of covenant dated 9 October 1999.