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Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust Acquires Māhia Beach Motel & Holiday Park

The Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust has recently embarked on a significant venture by acquiring the Māhia Beach Motel & Holiday Park, a move that marks a new chapter in the region’s tourism and community development. 

This acquisition, set to take effect on April 5, represents a strategic shift in ownership from Hastings businesswoman Isobel Creswell to the Trust, as reported by The Gisborne Herald.

Creswell, who has redeveloped the holiday park in recent years, had received offers from overseas investors but chose to keep the property in local hands. This decision aligns with her commitment to the community and the legacy of the holiday park. 

The Trust, led by Aayden Clarke, chief executive of Tātau Tātau Commercial Limited Partnership, views this acquisition as an investment that will benefit the community for generations.

The Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust, a post-Treaty of Waitangi settlement group, manages settlement assets for nearly 9,000 iwi members, as reported by The Gisborne Herald.

Clarke emphasizes the Trust’s approach to investment, which balances financial considerations with social outcomes, such as community benefits and job creation. This perspective is reflective of the Trust’s commitment to mana motuhake — self-determination — and is central to their decision-making process.

The Māhia Beach Motel & Holiday Park, currently featuring 24 accommodation units and numerous camping sites, is a beloved destination for both locals and tourists. The Trust plans to maintain the essence of the holiday park, respecting its history and significance in the community. 

While there may be ideas for future enhancements, the Trust is focused on preserving the park’s character and ensuring it continues to serve as a community asset.

Creswell’s tenure at the holiday park has been marked by a deep commitment to the Māhia community, a sentiment echoed by the Trust. Her decision to sell to the Trust was driven by a desire to see the property continue as a holiday park, a vision now entrusted to the new owners.

Looking ahead, the Trust’s vision for the holiday park extends far into the future, potentially spanning up to a century. This long-term outlook is unique in the realm of investment and development, focusing on the sustained benefit of the community rather than immediate financial returns.

The acquisition of the Māhia Beach Motel & Holiday Park by the Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust is a significant development for the Māhia community. It represents a commitment to preserving local heritage and fostering community development, ensuring that this beloved holiday park continues to be a cornerstone of the region for years to come.

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April 3, 2024 12:13 pm

Isn’t it exciting how the Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa Trust is taking steps to keep Māhia Beach vibrant and eco-friendly? Collaborating with the community creates a welcoming place for all.


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