Ngā ringa āwhina Practical support

Companies in Aotearoa have knowledge about whenua, trees and planting they can share with you. From advice about what ngahere project is best for your whenua to the types of trees to plant. See who can help with your project.


Tupu help whānau connect with, govern, and develop whenua Māori. If you’re still deciding what to do with your whenua, Tupu can help. 

Tupu's Find your whenua tool gives you information about your whenua including location, climate and land use options.

Talk to Tupu about:

  • finding your whenua
  • whenua options
  • governance roles and structures for whenua
  • developing business plans.

Whenua Oho

Whenua Oho support Māori landowners into deciding the best uses for your land. They can help you make informed decisions about how to achieve your aspirations, including forestry, to help in delivering valuable outcomes socially, environmentally and commercially.

Talk to Whenua Oho about:

  • making use of whenua
  • forestry opportunities
  • help with decision making
  • sourcing funding.

Māori Land Court

The Māori Land Court is a judicial forum that provides a court service for Māori landowners. They hold land records, provide a court service for land disputes, and make decisions on occupation land use.

Talk to them about:

  • current and future use of land
  • ownership of land
  • occupation of land
  • management of Māori land
  • their Māori land dispute resolution service.

Whenua Māori Visualisation Tool

This mapping tool helps Māori landowners find out more about the physical characteristics, constraints and potential of your whenua Māori.

Māori AgriBusiness

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ Māori Agribusiness team aims to partner with Māori to overcome some of the unique challenges you face when developing your primary sector assets.

Te Tumu Paeroa

Te Tumu Paeroa acts on behalf of the Māori trustee in an administrative role. They also act on behalf of about 1800 Māori land trusts. Check their website to see if they administer your whenua.

If Te Tumu Paeroa administer your whenua, they can help you make the best use of your land. This could be through identifying opportunities, planning, and providing support.

Forest stages

There's a lot to do when preparing for planting projects and managing your ngahere. Our Forest stages section has important information for each stage.

Choosing the right species

Our Planting advice page explains where to get help with choosing tree species. It lists other companies who help New Zealanders with their planting projects.

Tane's Tree Trust

Tane’s Tree Trust has a technical handbook for planting and managing native trees. They also have species profiles and other publications on native trees.

Next steps

You may be able to get funding to get your ngahere project started. Read about the different types of funding you could apply for.