How the Trust was formed

Back in 1993 as part of reforms to the electricity industry, the North King Country Development trust was established.
The act saw The Lines Company (Waitomo Energy Services Ltd) as the successor of the power board, and as part of the establishment plan the Trust was formed and funded to assist in the stimulation of 

economic growth within the North King Country region.
The Trust is overseen by a board of six trustees who meet on a monthly basis, and each year the Trust makes funding available for the promotion of economic well-being within the region through application for either a interest-free loan or a grant.

Our current Board members

Our Board members are more than happy for you to contact them to discuss your business idea and point you in the right direction.

Brian Hanna - Mayor Waitomo District

Mayor of the Waitomo District since 2010. Chairperson of the Trust for 8 years. Brian is passionate about supporting local business and encouraging new business ventures into the Waitomo District.

Max Baxter - Mayor Otorohanga District

Mayor of Otorohanga District since 2013 and on the Trust since 2016. Max actively promotes local business and the promotion of new enterprises in the Otorohanga and wider area.

Joseph Cammock

A lawyer with local firm Forgeson Law since 2010 and has been a Trustee on the Trust for one year. He moved to Te Kuiti with his wife and young family in 2015 and enjoys the lifestyle that comes with living in the King Country. He and his family love being part of the friendly local community.

Kyle Barnes

A local entrepreneur and businessman. Kyle brings to the Trust his passion for growing and developing business, as well as being the appointee by the Lines Company, with the directive of promoting business and economic development of our local area.

Bella Takiari-Brame

Bella is the Maniapoto Māori Trust Board representative.  She is a Chartered Accountant and member of Association of Corporate Treasurers UK. She has over 16 years’ global experience in oil and gas and utility industries.  She is the former GM Finance for WEL Networks and is passionate about Regional Economic development for job creation and increasing average incomes for the empowerment of Māori whānau.

Amanda Murray

The Principal of local accounting firm Murray Kidd Falconer and has been a Trustee on the Trust
for 8 years. Amanda has a wealth of experience in mentoring and can help with advice to get
your business to the next level.

If you'd to catch up with one of our Board of Trustees to discuss the Trust and opportunities offered, please email: – including your email address and phone number and one of them will be in touch with you or you can email them direct.


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