The Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust is an Ahu Whenua Trust constituted under Section 244 of Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993.
The Trust is governed by a board of 9 Trustees, with Liz Mellish being the current Chairman. Trustees are elected by the beneficial owners.
There are currently 1,062 beneficial owners with many other whanau through those beneficial owners.
With total assets of over $106m as at 31 March 2020 the beneficial owners have been achieving a very good economic return from their assets.
The Trust currently owns a total of approximately 13 hectares of land in central Palmerston North. It also owns a property in Thorndon, Wellington.
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Liz Mellish - Chairman
Te Atiawa, Taranaki, Ngati Ruanui
Liz is the current Chairman of the Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust. She was elected a Trustee in 1988. Liz is currently a self-employed contractor. Liz is involved in many sectors as notes her Trustee roles in the Ngahuru Charitable Trust, Matiu Island Charitable Trust. She is also the Chairman of Wharewaka o Poneke Charitable Trust, the Deputy Chairman on Federation of Māori Authorities, an adviser to the Lion Foundation, and the Māori Heritage Council Te Kaunihera Māori o te Pouhere Taonga as well as Director on Wharewaka o Poneke Enterprises Limited, Director on Lux Light Festival, and a Director on Featherston Booktown.
Personal interests include her mokopuna, reading, walking, whitebaiting and gardening.