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My family member has passed away and I want to put my name/whānau trust under their shares.

Contact the Māori Land Court to succeed to these shares.  Once this process is complete, our Executive Office receives the succession in the mail from the Māori Land Court.  We are then able to update our records.

I have my bank account and IRD number can I give it to you over the phone?

No, please either post this information to us at PO Box 39294, Lower Hutt 5045, or email us on so we have a record of your details.

Why have I not received my distribution payment?

This usually happens if we do not have your bank information.  Please contact us on 0508 445 64564 or email us with your contact information on

What is the minimum accumulated distribution for owners that the Trusts pay out into bank accounts?

Costs incurred distributing a dividend (processing a direct debit, administration, reversals, and any international transaction fee incurred) sometimes amount to more than the dividend, therefore the following resolution was accepted at both annual general meetings by owners: The minimum accumulated distribution for owners that have overseas bank accounts to be $100 and the minimum accumulated distribution amount for owners that have New Zealand bank accounts to be $50.

Can I still receive my distribution by cheque?

The Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust determined 2017 as the final year payments will be made by cheque.

How do we put our shares in a Whānau Trust?

Please contact the Māori Land Court for information on forming a Whānau Trust.

My name on the database is not correct how do I change this?

The Māori Land Court relies on oral evidence being given during court hearings and sometimes the name is recorded as the one that you are known by in your family rather than your legal name.  You must change this through the Māori Land Court and there is a form on their website that you can complete, or your can go along to one of their offices.

What are my shares worth?

The value of shares is noted in Annual Report. Click here to read a paper that has been prepared about Buying and Selling Shares.

Can I transfer or sell my land?

You can transfer your Māori land interests as a gift or by way of sale by applying to the Māori Land Court. Visit the Māori Land Court website for further information by clicking this link

Does the Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust provide grants or scholarships?

No. However you can access the Generosity website to gain access to grants and scholarships for free. gives you access to more than 4,000 scholarships and awards for individuals through the givME service. It is a valuable tool and is available in any school, university, or council library that has subscribed.  Whānau of Palmerston North Māori Reserve Trust have access through our sister Trust, Wellington Tenths Trust.

Does the Trust provide a grant to help with tangihanga/bereavement?

As resolved at the 2011 joint meeting of the Wellington Tenths Trust and the Palmerston North Māori Reserves Trust, where there is a death of an owner or descendant of an owner, after verification through the database the Trusts may make a koha amount of up to $200 from each Trust’s tangihanga fund. Please call the Executive Office on 0508 445 645.

Is Wellington Tenths Trust and Palmerston North Māori Reserves one in the same as Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust (PNBST)?

No, we are separate entities.  The Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust was established in August 2008 to receive and manage the settlement package for Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko o Te Ika. As part of the settlement process, the Crown required that the establishment of the Trust be ratified by those registered with the Port Nicholson Block Claim in 2007. The Deed of Settlement was signed on 19 August 2008. If you need to contact PNBST please call them on 0800 767 8642, email Their offices are based in the Tramways Building, 1-3 Thorndon Quay, Wellington.

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