Trust Tairāwhiti is a regional wellbeing trust, with a strategic focus on community initiatives, economic development and providing for future generations.

The Trust formed following the electricity reforms in 1993, when the $20 million equity of the local power board was retained in the region through a community trust model.

The Trust Deed outlines our two central objectives – to preserve capital of the Trust and to provide for future generations.


Guided by its wellbeing framework He Rangitapu, He Tohu Ora, the Trust supports the community in three ways: enabling others, investing and delivering through operations.

Trust Tairāwhiti has evolved and grown over the decades and is now also the regional Economic Development Agency and Regional Tourism Organisation, under a funding partnership with Gisborne District Council.