Buying the Hawke’s Bay orchard provided Ngāi Tukairangi with geographic diversification of their crop, but moves them outside their traditional tribal boundaries into the Ngāti Kahungunu region.
Ngāti Kahungunu iwi leader Ngāhiwi Tōmoana welcomed the deal.
“We welcome Ngāi Tukairangi into our rohe as we want to renew whakapapa relationships and create co-investment opportunities with other Māori groups that provide economic benefits to local whānau.” Mr Tōmoana said.
“Kiwifruit is our largest horticultural export, and shows how the New Zealand economy is diversifying beyond dairy. The industry has shown real resilience and ability to rebuild, which is fantastic to see, and it’s important for us to support high performing operators, like Ngāi Tukairangi,” said Kellie Burbidge ANZ Commercial & Agri General Manager for Northern region.