A long term approach to investment
We plan for long-term social, cultural and economic progress, guided by Waikato-Tainui Whakatupuranga 2050. It’s about making investments that advance the people of Waikato-Tainui – not just today, but tomorrow and the next.
That comes from creating a balance in our investments, and strong partnerships with other experienced investors, including iwi and Maaori organisations. Building on a strong base in property, we now invest in a wide range of enterprises that also generate job opportunities for iwi members: shares, primary industries, and in businesses showing high performance or strong potential.
The ultimate goal is not profit for its own sake, but to see generations of Waikato-Tainui people prosper through the work that TGH is involved in.
Strategy & Opportunity
At TGH we are currently working towards a diversified portfolio – so all our eggs aren’t in one basket. Our strategy has been to re-balance our successful investments in commercial and residential property with direct investments, shares, fixed interest and ventures in primary industries.
Our main aim is to spread our risk while we grow our whenua (tribal land), and create more wealth and job opportunities for our people. We are open to partnerships and opportunities that fit well with our goals.
If you have a good idea for a partnership or investment, bring your written proposal to TGH – we will be glad to see you.
Current investments - Future Prosperity
When the Government partially floated state-owned enterprise Genesis Energy in 2014, TGH purchased 5 million shares.
As New Zealand’s largest electricity and gas retailer, with a customer base of more than 65,000, Genesis also has a portfolio of thermal and renewable energy assets. One of these is Huntly Power Station, which sits on land leased from TGH.
Farms and forestry
On behalf of Waikato-Tainui, TGH now owns over 4000 hectares of Waikato land, supporting dairy, sheep and beef operations including Hangawera Station, a specialist producer of Hereford bulls.
We welcome any tribal member interest in farm cadetships.
Waikato-Tainui fishing quota is managed by TGH through Waikato-Tainui Fisheries Ltd and Aotearoa Fisheries Ltd.
Waikato Milking Systems
Along with with Ngai Tahu Holdings and Pioneer Capital, TGH is a part owner of Waikato Milking Systems.
Hamilton-based, this company designs and manufactures world-class dairy technology, particularly innovative rotary platforms. They provide dairy farm solutions in over 30 countries, including USA, Russia and China.
In 2014 TGH purchased a third share of leading passenger transport company Go Bus.
The joint venture with Ngai Tahu Holdings and Pioneer Capital totalled $170 million. Go Bus operates throughout New Zealand and leads the market in the Waikato, South Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch. Their services include charters, school services, urban transport and special needs.
Taking shape as Waikato’s premier inland port, Ruakura includes plans for a logistics zone, industrial park, educational facilities, lifestyle hub, retail and reserves.
The development will improve efficiency in the North Island supply chain, and generate thousands of jobs.
With the upper North Island’s freight volume expected to double in the next 20 years, Ruakura’s 480-hectare inland port development is perfectly placed at the apex of the ‘golden triangle’ of Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton, where the Waikato Expressway meets the East Coast Main Trunk Line.
Ruakura is set to be a game-changer for the Waikato. It is offcially recognised as a project of national significance, bringing a wide range of benefits to Waikato-Tainui, the Waikato region and to the entire country.
Our vision at TGH is to build a real, vibrant community at Ruakura – one that provides the highest quality in work, play and living experience.
Once used as an airforce base, this 31 hectare site is now the largest retail development in New Zealand.
Construction began in 2004 as a joint venture with The Warehouse Group, and TGH acquired full ownership in 2007. A 50% share was sold to Kiwi Property in 2016.
The Warehouse remains a major tenant, along with Mitre 10 Mega, Briscoes, Rebel Sport, Farmers and Noel Leeming. More than 200 retail stores and 2500 carparks give shoppers choice and convenience, and the centrepiece is the beautiful Te Awa Mall.
Novotel Tainui opened in central Hamilton in 1999. Situated on the banks of the Waikato, it was part of TGH’s successful Hamilton Riverview Hotel joint venture with Hamilton City Council and Accor.
It was followed by the Ibis Tainui development nearby, which opened in 2007. TGH took full ownership of the venture in 2014, buying out the Council and Accor.
Novotel Auckland Airport Tainui opened in 2011, and with 263 rooms, conference and business facilities, restaurant and bar, it is a landmark gracing New Zealand’s largest airport. The hotel was developed as a joint venture with Auckland International Airport Ltd (20%) and Accor (10%).
On behalf of Waikato-Tainui, TGH owns ground leases on a number of well known establishments.
Huntly Power Station – On the banks of the Waikato River at Huntly, the largest thermal power station in New Zealand generates ten per cent of the nation’s electricity.
Centreplace – In Hamilton’s CBD, this 1.4 hectare retail complex is leased to specialist retail developer Kiwi Property Group.
Wintec City Campus – One of New Zealand’s largest tertiary institutes, enrolling 20,000 students a year, Wintec sites the largest of its three campuses in downtown Hamilton.
University of Waikato – Established in 1964 on a tract of land east of the Waikato River, the university is a leading academic institution, with more than 13,000 students enrolled a year.
Ngaa kaupapa kaainga
A joint venture with local businessmen David Lugton and Malcom MacDonald, this residential development on Hamilton’s northern fringe will see 900 sections brought to market over the next ten years.
Less than 1km from The Base, it will offer a pleasant combination of town and country, with many choices for living, working and recreation.
The Rotokauri development venture also includes 43 sections at Ruakura which will be completed in 2016.
Ideally located between Tramway Road and Wairere Drive, these sections will have good road connections and proximity to Hamilton CBD and the University.
One of the premier residential subdivisions in the Waikato, the east Hamilton development includes 655 sections and was completed in 2011.