Trinity Lands was established from the merger of three foundational trusts, Lichfield Lands, Longview Trust and Hillview Trust.
Inspired by the philosophies of famous American industrialist and philanthropist R. G. LeTourneau, the founding directors dreamt that they too could establish a business for doing good in the community.
The original trust was founded in 1951 and land was cleared for sheep farming. Since then, the trusts have evolved through agricultural cycles to emerge today as dairy farmers, kiwifruit growers and property investors.
The establishment of the founding trusts had a common theme of generosity through personal sacrifice of freely giving time, capital and providing security that, at times, came with huge personal cost.
The Trinity purpose is driven by faith and a shared objective of never tiring of doing good in our community.
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.