Good governance is critical to the success of any business. Our grandparents, and great-grandparents, who started the trusts were renowned for their sharp business acumen and they ran those first farms with the express intention of making them hum. They were acutely aware that the more they could earn, the more they could give to their community.
Those of us entrusted to oversee Trinity Lands today are driven by the same desire to perform to the best of our abilities, so we can do the most good possible.
We run a very lean operation and rely heavily on extensive volunteer input from people with renowned agriculture nous. In recent years, we’ve created a small paid executive to ensure we have appropriate governance for an organisation of our size.
The executive develop the strategy, and then our board challenges and supports that strategy, and monitors performance and compliance.
The directors of Trinity Lands are appointed by the shareholding trusts Lichfield Lands, Longview Trust and Hillview Trust. They have a wide range of business experience and a strong connection to the charitable values of Trinity Lands.
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.
As one of the larger farming groups in the Waikato, we continue that tradition by providing opportunities for enthusiastic, hard-working farmers to work with us as share milkers and contract milkers.
Many of our farming partners stay with us a long time, and then go on to purchase their own farms.
If you’re interested in a career in farming, and appreciate knowing your hard work will be benefitting the community in which you live, we would love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to send us an email HERE, and our farm managers will get back to you.
In 2000, Trinity Lands saw the opportunity to diversify into kiwifruit. We were growing to a size where it was smart to mitigate the risks that come with primary industries.
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.
We employ a mixture of permanent orchard managers and local contractors. During the height of the season, we are also enthusiastic employers of staff from the Pacific Islands, who we have found to be committed, hard working and great company.
If you would like to join us in this exciting industry, please don’t hesitate to send us an email HERE, and our orchard managers will get back to you. Kiwifruit offers excellent career opportunities for those keen to learn.
Trinity Lands has a social corporate responsibility as a landowner and business operator in the local communities of South Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Northland. Beyond our wider charitable purpose, we seek to support core services, and social support functions in our local communities.
Trinity Lands is focussed on being a responsible landowner. Our farms, orchards and forestry land comply with environmental regulations. We continually look ahead to see how we can improve through systems and technologies.
We want to leave assets which are thriving so they can benefit future generations. We manage the land for our beneficiaries, utilising a long-term window.