Welcome to Palmerston North Māori Reserve Database  
In 1867 Governor George Grey exchanged Te Atiawa land interests in Wainuiomata with a block of land which is now part of central Palmerston North. The Palmerston North Maori Reserve was established to administer this land on behalf of the 22 affected owners. Today there are nearly 650 beneficial owners, descending from those 22.

The original reserve was around 70 acres but today is approximately 36 acres, mainly as a result of the Crown compulsorily acquiring 28 acres for city facilities. Much of the remaining land was subdivided for housing and leased out.

The Palmerston North Maori Reserve is an Ahu Whenua Trust. The Managing Trustees have embarked on a process to actively manage the reserve to increase the return to the beneficial owners. Baxters and Palmy 31, which provide hostel accomodation in Palmerston North, are recent developments which are helping to increase returns to owners.

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