Trinity Lands is a company that grew out of a determination to do good in the community. It is owned by three trusts, begun by South Waikato dairy farmers in the 1950s and 60s who were motivated to use their collective farming and business acumen to fund community work.
The founding farmers started by raising an extra calf or two, and giving the proceeds to their local churches. But they soon realised they’d be able to raise more, and offer more support to the community, if they cobbled together their savings and bought a farm.
From those modest beginnings, the trusts have grown to become major players in New Zealand agriculture and horticulture – and, through their work, Trinity Lands is able to give many hundreds of thousands of dollars to a wide variety of community organisations every year.
The original trustees were members of the Open Brethren church, and many of their descendants are still involved in the trusts, but today Trinity Lands’ recipients range from churches of all denominations to secular charities covering everything from ante-natal classes, to food rescue, to science literacy. There is more need today, than ever before.
Trinity Lands exists for one purpose: to help our communities. It is our great privilege to be able to fund excellent community-run programmes, enabling enthusiastic and hard-working local groups to support those who face challenges. The original founders of the three trusts that form the base of Trinity Lands today, focused on supporting people that were involved in full time Christian endeavours throughout NZ.
But over the years, we have expanded our focus to reflect modern New Zealand, where a vast world of different groups are involved in excellent community work. We donate to all sorts of organisations, working hard for all sorts of causes.
While our focus is to support community organisations, we are also committed to supporting our farming staff to grow in agriculture. Our grandparents were skilled farmers who loved to share their knowledge with those new to the industry.
Today, we farm 6,400 hectares of dairy land, carrying around 12,000 livestock. Our annual milk production is around 6,000,000 kgs.
In 2000, Trinity Lands saw the opportunity to diversify into kiwifruit. Our orchards are mostly in the Bay of Plenty, between Whakatane and Athenree, but we also have one in Kerikeri.
We’ve got about 195 canopy hectares; 169ha of Sungold and 26ha of Hayward Green.