Fitzroy Beach

PHOTO: Te Atiawa’s development at Fitzroy, New Plymouth (pictured is Fitzroy Beach) is the first of a series it hopes will re-establish its footprint within its territory. Photo: Unsplash / Ethan Brooke

Taranaki’s largest iwi, Te Atiawa, is pushing ahead with plans to become the pre-eminent property developer in its rohe.

The iwi is selling 14 sections at a development in the desirable New Plymouth suburb of Fitzroy, with six initially reserved for its members.

It’s the first of a series of a developments it hopes will re-establish its footprint within its territory.

Tucked away in the desirable beach suburb of Fitzroy in New Plymouth, the sections in the Te Kekeu Park development were the first available in the area for many years and were likely to fetch more than $200,000 each.

Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa chairperson Liana Poutu said the development was just the beginning.

“Te Kekeu Park is really the first of these developments and we’ve really set the standards for ourselves. We’re wanting to be a pre-eminent property developer within our rohe. We’re wanting them to be high quality developments and also we want to provide opportunities where we can for our people to be involved in these projects,” Poutu said.