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Commercial Operator -  
Registration Form

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Declaratory Judgment

In 2017 the Trust Board applied to the High Court for a Declaratory Judgment to clarify the property rights of Ngāti Tūwharetoa to licence and charge users for operating commercial activities on Lake Taupō and surrounding tributaries.

This includes our ability to require commercial users to obtain from the Trust Board rights to occupy or use parts of the lake for commercial activities, and to charge commercial users for the same.

A High Court ruling dated 23 July 2021 has upheld the property rights of Ngati Tuwharetoa to licence and charge users for operating commercial activities on the lake and surrounding tributaries.


As we finalise the process for Commercial Operators we are asking Operators in good faith to register with TMTB and we update you on the process in the coming months ahead.

Instructions for Business Owners

*Please read these instructions before completing this application form.
  • The business owner must complete all relevant sections of this registration form. 
  • An answer of "n/a" should be included in sections that are not relevant to the application.
  • DO NOT leave any section blank or incomplete.
Section A - Operator Details

Section B - Business Details

Not Applicable? Type n/a

Note: Taupo Waters includes Lake Taupo and it's tributaries, the Waikato River from Lake Taupo to Te Toka a Tia (below Huka Falls).

*What year did your business begin?

Select all that apply

Not Applicable? Type n/a

E.g. Maritime Safety regulations, resource consents and so on.
We will keep you informed of the progress the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board has in regards to the licencing of commercial operators.
Section C - Declaration