Committee of Management

The Committee of Management share responsibility as guardians who are committed to protecting, nurturing and developing Pourau Incorporation lands and investments to ensure this taonga will continue to be productive for our family of shareholders.

Derrick Hope (Secretary/Treasurer)
Steve Brooking
Miria Heavey
Philip Hope (Chairperson)
Kylee Potae
Anita Kake
Evelyn Williams (Tikanga Advisor)

A look back at Pourau Station


Pourau Station – view farm

  • 893 Hectare property, mainly pastoral with some cropping potential on the Te karaka block area including the lease of 4806 sheep stock units and 918 cattle stock units. Woolshed, sheep and cattle yards, house and cottage included.
  • Total area less agreed forestry land re-leased to Bill and Meg Busby representing Rahiri Trust (the Lessee who owns and operates the adjacent Pauariki Station and Tironui Station on Mata Road) for 13 years from July 2011 to June 2024 with a 10 year right of renewal to 2034. The Incorporation has had a long association with Bill and Meg who have leased the block since 1994.
  • Forestry development embarked on uneconomical/difficult areas with the assistance of Bill Busby on Ngaras Face, ~6 Hectares of Pinus Radiata planted in 1999; Wallaces, 16 Hectares of Lusitanica planted in 2002 (which have not been successful and has had plug replanting). An 80 year Forestry Right has been established to enable Incorporation unrestricted access to carryout forestry maintenance and harvesting.

General issues

  • Capital Development/Improvement program included in the current and future lease agreement (scrub cutting, fencing replacement including boundary fences, yard work, dams, drainage, weed control to be undertaken by Bill Busby/Lessee).
  • Increasing forecasted fencing replacement investment is required to replace 40 to 50 year old fences which are no longer economical to repair.
  • Cost sharing regime agreed to on fencing replacement and weed control.
  • Tokomaru G3D consisting of 14.2 Hectares, which was solely owned by the Ratapu family was purchased by Pourau Incorporation in 2009.
  • Tokomaru Pt H consisting of 19.44 Hectares, 50/50 share ownership between Pourau Incorporation and Ratapu family. The outstanding Ratapu family 50% share was also purchased by Pourau Incorporation in 2009. Derelict buildings on Tokomaru H have since been removed.
  • New boundary fence installed during 2013 fenced out and protected from stock at least two areas of significance referred to as WR71, containing Totara, Rimu and Puriri. The Committee sought Dept of Conservation subsidy several years earlier without success.
  • A 20 year commemoration of the Rahiri/Pourau association took place during September 2014 including a farm visit by Committee and shareholders, followed by a luncheon and a presentation of a commemoration plague.
  • Main central stock race development took place during 2014/2015 period to facilitate stock movement through the top of the block without requiring to use SH35.

Three Bridges / Katikati – view farm

  • Total area is approx. 330 Hectares, consisting:
    ~34 Hectares of cropping land (includes areas that were covered in grapes and in Kiwifruit). Includes lock up shed with power available, no agricultural machinery exists having being sold.
    ~32 Hectares of bush and reversion.
    ~264 Hectares of easy to steep hill country with limited access roading.

General issues, Pastoral area (Katikati Block)

  • ~300 Hectares leased following public tender process to Marotiri Farm Partnership (MFP) for 10 year period from July 2004, concluding June 2014. Public re-tendering during 2013 resulted in ~240 Hectares leased to Rosamund Philips and John Pethybridge from July 2014 with lease terms including specific maintenance and value added/development clauses.
  • Goats and regenerating Kanuka an ongoing problem as well as the potential for erosion.  Large volume of aerial spraying carried out during 2013 and 2014 to control reversion as well as provide of plantation forest development.
  • Native forest areas fenced off by DOC following recommendation from Nga Whenua Rahui committee (~1850 metres of new fence with repairs to ~100 metres) to preserve the natural 10 Hectares of Puriri forest in #3 paddock where the oldest known Puriri tree in NZ resides and also the 4 Hectares of native bush closer to the main road.
  • Katikati paddock forestry grant available from the government in 96 to develop the ~66 Hectares of this paddock in forestry. This opportunity was not taken up and hence lapsed.
  • Improved fencing segregation carried out during 2014 to improve stock handling and provide stock proof perimeter fence for 60 hectare forestry development during the winter of 2015.
  • Vehicular access improved through the centre of the block to the top during 2014 with the addition of a 1.5 km length track.

General issues, Horticulture area (Three Bridges)

  • Vineyard and Kiwifruit managed by whanau members up to and including 1999 season.
  • Grapes leased out to local vineyard owner Bruce Gaw in early 2000. Poor climatic conditions, spray regime and plant disease negatively impacted potential returns for 2002 season. Lease agreement ceased.
  • Grape plants and supporting equipment removed at nil cost in 2002 due to poor returns resulting from the impact of disease on vine production and poor local climatic conditions at/prior to harvest. Option to replant vineyard with new variety of plants not taken up.
  • Machinery sold – Ford Tractor and some auxiliary equipment, late 2000.
  • 30 Hectares Horticulture and cropping land publicly tendered and lease let to Rinii and Huhana Rokx Sept 2002 based on price and conditions.
  • Kiwifruit orchard removed.
  • Other options considered for horticulture including other grape varieties, lavender, lemons, olives, kiwifruit, etc. Returns too unpredictable long term with risks, which can negatively impact Incorporation income.
  • Public re-tendering during 2013 resulted in the block being leased to Decosta Enterprises (Mark Decosta) of Gisborne from July 2014 with a 10 year lease term and including specific maintenance and value added/development clauses.