Following the government’s announcement that Aotearoa will be moving to Alert Level 2 from 14 May, we have begun preparing to re-open our Turangi and Taupo offices to visitors, on an appointment basis, from Monday, 25 May 2020.

This update includes all visitors to Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board, Tūwharetoa Settlement Trust and Ngāti Tūwharetoa Fisheries Charitable Trust in Taupo and Turangi.

Our offices will not be open to any visitors before 25 May.

Between 14 – 22 May, our staff who have been working remotely, will be returning equipment to our offices and making preparations for re-opening to visitors, on an appointment basis, from 25 May.

Where ever possible, if you do not need to visit us (from 25 May) please continue to use phone and email to contact us.

From Monday, 25 May, anyone who needs to visit our offices will be required to meet the following requirements:

* Please do not visit our offices at any time if you are unwell or sick. You may be putting other people, including our staff, at risk.
* You must make an appointment by phone or email beforehand.
* Please do not arrive at any of our offices unannounced without a confirmed appointment. This is to ensure we don’t have too many people in reception areas, which are relatively small, at any one time.
* You must comply with all health and safety requirements while visiting – including using hand sanitation when you arrive and depart.

Forestry Access Permits

First Security is contracted by Timberlands Ltd to issue Recreational Forest Access Permits for the Kaingaroa and Rotoehu forests.

To find out more, and apply, go to < >

To find out more about Lake Taupo Forest Trust access, go to

FOB keys

From 1 June the Tuwharetoa Māori Trust Board office in Taupō will re-start issuing permits and updating fobs (though not issuing new or replacement fobs).

Fob-keys and permits that were issued before the shut-down will still be valid.

Monitoring and possible changes

We will be closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact upon our operations, staff and visitors.

This includes any changes or updates to the Alert System which may be made by the government, at any time.

Should we need to make any other changes to any of our operations – we will advise you at that time.

Piki te ora.