Iwi to Receive $1.27m for Horticulture Programme

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor

A Waikato-based iwi has received $1.27 million from the Government to develop a horticulture programme.

Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust received $1.12m from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre [SFF] fund, a programme that will empower whānau to upskill, diversify their businesses and sustainably generate wealth from their land.

A further $150,000 was granted from the Ministry of Social Development, and the Te Waharoa Investments Limited - the commercial arm of Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust - is co-investing a further $775,000.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced that the three-year Peria Horticultural programme will help Ngāti Hauā Iwi Land Trust and landowners’ businesses to flourish by developing an education hub and trialling high-value crops.

A feature of the programme will be the development and implementation of Ngāti Hauā’s mātauranga Māori principles, called the Peria Standard.

“The Peria Standard is inspired by the vision of Wiremu Tamehana, who established Peria Village in 1846. This village bridged the gap between Te Ao Māori and Te Ao Pākehā knowledge systems and values,” O’Connor said.

The programme will also bring new educational and employment opportunities to the region, boost the local economy, and transform the region’s land, Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni said.

SFF Futures has now invested $125.8m alongside a total co-investment with partners of $276.1m across 156 projects.

Te Waharoa Investments will be hosting online information and consultation sessions with Ngāti Hauā whānau from February 24.