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Otama Marere Trust 


Otama Marere Trust is located in Paengaroa, Bay of Plenty, on Maori land known as Paengaroa A5.

The origins and significance of the name Otama Marere comes from the pa site that was occupied by Rangiwaho and his whanau.  Otama Marere became a stop, come overnight stay for travellers from the coast, canoe up the Kaituna River to Otama Marere or Pakatore.  A short distance further up the river from Otama Marere was walking tracks inland to the many places of hapu kin.  The wetland around the pa was abundant in tuna and watercress and the land was used for growing Kumara, kamokamo and other vegetables.  The pa site itself is on a neighbouring property but the ownership of the land can be traced back to Otama Marere.

The land was for many years occupied by Te Puke Golf Club with a 60 year lease at 2 shillings and six pence an acre.  The development to Kiwifruit was commenced in the 1980's after securing Maori Affairs funding.  Huia Tapsell was the driver of this development.

Today, the Trust is flourishing under the guidance of Advisory Trustees Homman Tapsell, Jade Chalmers, Petera Tapsell, Aubrey Wilkinson and Tony Pecotic. The Trust land is largely planted in kiwifruit but also boasts a Avocado plantation and thriving wetland. The Trust provides educational benefits to those who whakapapa to the Trust.

You must be an owner or direct descendant of a current owner in the above Trust to apply for this grant.



  • Applications to be considered as a recipient for funding are assessed annually. The next granting cycle will be from Monday 4th February 2019 to Sunday 7th April 2019.  Payments will be made within 10 days of applications closing, provided that all information has been provided by the applicant.
  • Those in first year study who qualify for a grant will receive $1,000.00.  Those in second year study who qualify for a grant will receive $2,000.00.  Those in third year study and subsequent years thereafter who qualify will receive $3,000.00.
  • All applications must be completed online.
  • Each applicant must provide a copy of their certified photographic identification and bank verfied details to Perpetual Guardian in line with the instructions on the application.  These must be posted to Perpetual Guardian.  An email copy will not suffice.
  • Trustees may request further clarification from the applicant regarding their application.
  • Direct Descendants of an owner in the Otama Marere Trust may also be eligible to apply for the Huia Tapsell Scholarship.  The sum of $1,000.00 will be awarded annually to one recipient.  Students that apply must be enrolled in their first or consecutive years of postgraduate study, or be in the 4th or consecutive year of study towards one degree (for example, dentistry).  If you are interested in applying for this scholarship then please contact Amber Taare at

Regrettably, due to the number of applications received, we are unable to provide detailed feedback on unsuccessful applications. Please note the decision of the Trustee is final and not subject to any appeals process.



Click on the following grant button to start your application.

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