Election of Trustees

This year is an election year for the Trust.  Three Trustees will be retiring by rotation (but will remain eligible for re-election) on Saturday 8 October, when the triennial local government election takes place.  Nomination forms and candidate information packs will be made available at the offices of South Wairarapa District Council in Martinborough from Friday 15 July when nominations for the three positions open.  Nominations must be received no later than 12pm on Friday 12 August.

The Trust understands and appreciates the value of diversity and is striving to achieve optimal diversity around the board table.  We particularly encourage candidates to step forward from the community who are women, tangata whenua, from a broad range of ethnicities, younger members of the community, and individuals with disability.

Given the Trust has recently diversified its asset portfolio into managed funds, we also encourage candidates with a strong financial and investment background to consider standing.

If you have the desire to give of your time and skills in support of the Greytown community as a member of the Trust Board but are not sure what the candidate requirements are or what the role entails or would just like to know more about the objectives and activities of the Trust before putting your name forward, you are welcome to contact the Trust Manager, Helga Perry, for further information by calling her on 027 451 7011 or by emailing  admin@greytowntrustlands.org.nz.

Property and Managed Funds Portfolio – June update

Early this year the Trust purchased a residential property in East Street with the intent to re-market as quickly as possible to generate a quick profit to be added to our managed funds portfolio.  A huge thanks to Dave and Jennah from Property Brokers for all their efforts in marketing and selling this property.  With the sudden downturn in the market and changes to lending criteria the profit was not as great as we had hoped however a profit of just over $19,000 was generated for very little effort.  It was an opportunity that came about when the property became surplus to requirement by its owners, the Ministry of Education, and offered back to the original owner – the Trust – at market value under section 40 of the Public Works Act 1981.  The Crown purchased the property from the Trust back in 1960 for state housing purposes and in 1972 it was set apart for a teacher’s residence.    

We had substantially more success with the recent sale of one of the Trust’s non-core commercial properties.  This being Farmlands located in Pahiatua.  The property sold for $1.5 million and settled at the end of March.  The $1.5 million was transferred to Craigs Investment Partners to continue to build on the Trust’s managed fund portfolio.  This aligns with the Trust’s Statement of Investment Policies and Objectives (SIPO) which can be found on our website. 

Since September 2021 when Trustees resolved to divest some of its assets into managed funds, a total of $5.9 million has been invested with Craigs Investment Partners.  This money has accumulated from matured term deposits derived from the sale of property and retained earnings, and the recent sale of the Pahiatua Farmlands building.

Trustees have resolved to sell one further property, resulting in a portfolio split between property and managed funds that is more balanced and risk-averse. 

On the tenancy front, the Trust would like to welcome its newest tenant Zoe Emily Crudwell.  Zoe has transformed the space at 64B Main Street – formerly the Arcadia retail shop – into a stunning boutique tattoo studio – The Shadow Gallery.  Something a little different for Greytown which has been warmly welcomed.  We wish Zoe all the best with her business and thank Arcadia for their three and a half year tenancy. 

The Trust currently owns seven commercial properties in Greytown, one in Wanganui and four pieces of community land.  Revaluations carried out as at 31 March 2022 has indicated the Trust’s total property portfolio is valued at $17,267,000.

Community Dividend (grant funding) for 2022/23

Trustees at their March meeting adopted the budget for 2022/23.  The allocation available for community dividend is confirmed at $107,700 as per last year, and aligns with our Strategic Plan 2021-2024 to hold our community distribution at this level over the short term (five years with a review at the end of year three).

Funding priority continues to be education bulk funding for the four local Greytown education providers and Greytown Sport and Leisure Society.  Trustees agreed to underwrite the Executive Officer salary following a recent survey of the GSLS clubs.  The survey indicated there was tremendous support for and reliance on the assistance and services provided by the role of the Society’s Executive Officer. The intent is to secure funding from other sources in the future which would free up funding to be made available for other community activities. 

Community Lands

The Trust will consult shortly with the public on the Greytown Trust Lands Trust community lands.  Keep an eye out for further details.

(The above update was published in the June edition of the Grapevine, a local Greytown monthly publication distributed free to all homes and local businesses.)

A bit of history – celebrating 150 years of the Trust150 Years of Greytown Trustlands

Did you know that originally a single trust dealt with the affairs of both Greytown and Masterton lands?

In 1871 an Act of Parliament legally separated the settlements with each being given its own Board of Trustees.  Following this, the Wellington Provincial Council passed the Greytown Trust Act.  This Act provided for the election of six trustees by the people of Greytown to control the Greytown Trust Lands.

The Masterton and Greytown Lands Management Act 1871 (14 November 1871).

The Act states that “On some day in the month of April next after the passing of this Act and at a place and time to be fixed by the Greytown Trustees a meeting shall be held of the persons of full age not being married women residing or having land either leasehold or freehold within the Town of Greytown and the suburban sections of the Township of Greytown as delineated on the official plan of such town and township.”

The first meeting of the Greytown trustees in terms of the 1871 Act took place on 19 April 1872 when Messrs Mole, Arnot, Lucas, Smith, Walker and Wakelin were appointed the six trustees for the ensuing year



The next scheduled Trust Board meeting will be held on Wednesday 29 June 2022, 5.30pm in the Trust’s Boardroom located at 124 Main Street, Greytown.

Members of the public are welcome to attend for the agenda items that are not public excluded. 

For health and safety purposes, please advise the Trust Manager, Helga Perry  via email admin@greytowntrustlands.org.nz if you would like to attend a meeting.    Click to view board papers


Dec 2021December Grapevine articleRead More

Oct 2021Update from schools on education funding spendRead More

Oct 2021October Grapevine article – Read More

Sept 2021Annual General Meeting
The Trust held its AGM on 28 September in the WBS Room of the Greytown Town Centre and was attended by 20 members of the public. Read More

June 2021
New Trust Manager
Helga Perry has been appointed to the role of Trust Manager of Greytown District Trust Lands Trust.  Board Chair, Phil Holden, is delighted to confirm the appointment. “Helga has been the Trust’s administrator for the last eight years and has an intimate knowledge of the operational activities of the organisation,” explained Holden.  Read More


December 2020: 100% Concessionary Grants for Greytown Community Organisations

Taking into consideration the need for certainty by Greytown Trust Land Trust’s tenants and a swell of community support for preserving the intention of land use, the Trust has agreed to apply a 100% rental concession to its legacy tenancies moving forward.   Read More




Supporting Greytown Sport and Leisure 

Greytown Trust Lands has been proud to support Greytown Sport and Leisure for a number of years. With over 1200 active members, the Greytown Community Sport and Leisure Society was incorporated in 2003 and has 16 member organisations. Click here to view their Facebook page or contact Rosie via email  greytownsport@xtra.co.nz.

Photo:  The Trust recently supported the Society by purchasing some of their fundraising hoodies.  Trustees, and management are pictured here with previous Executive Officer Jackie Gray, from the Society (Jackie is on the far right of the photo).



If you would like more information about the Trust or have a question to ask please complete the form opposite or call us on

06 304 9071


124 Main Street
PO Box 16