Unison became the Principal Partner of the Maraetōtara Tree Trust in 2019 when it was clear that the vision of both organisations was aligned. Unison’s mission is to be leading a sustainable energy future and environmentally friendly operation, and the restoration work of the Maraetōtara Trust complements this. As a company involved in the management of – and directly impacted by – vegetation, Unison with the support of the Trust, will use the partnership to actively encourage and educate our communities to be safe about planting and maintaining trees near power lines.

David Trubridge has always been an advocate for the environment and its protection. Since 2016, David Trubridge Ltd has committed to annual sponsorship of the Maraetōtara Tree Trust, by way of a donation for every light sold per annum by DTL. From 2019, Josh Lynch (GM of DTL) has been a board member of the Trust.

Water Testing Hawke’s Bay is delighted to be supporting a local organisation doing great things for our environment. WTHB have committed to sponsoring the Trust for a five year period through an arrangement that will see them providing the Trust with quarterly, accredited water sampling and testing services from 10 sites on the river. Over a period of time this will enable the Trust to monitor trends in the composition of the water.

Pat Turley for 35 years has wanted farmland waterways reserved.  Turley & Co in 2006 became the Maraetōtara River restoration original sponsor.  Pat is a Maraetōtara Tree Trust volunteer trustee and board member since 2009, and prior chair for 5 years.  Turley & Co colleagues are ongoing MTT river restoration sponsors and volunteers for 14 years.

Richard Stone is the current chair of the Maraetōtara Tree Trust having been a trustee since 2015.
He (and his wife Alison Souness) is a partner at Souness Stone Law Partnership, a boutique litigation and property law firm in Hastings since 1997. Souness Stone Law Partnership is proud to support the Maraetōtara Tree Trust. Richard has a passion for protecting the Hawke’s Bay environment and saving it for future generations.

Manaaki whenua
Manaaki tangata
Haere whakamua
Care for the land
Care for the people
Go forward

At the Maraetōtara River mouth sits our village of Te Awanga, an area of significant local history over the centuries, an important wetland and recreational area for residents, fisher folk, surfers and visitors alike.
We see our involvement with the Maraetōtara Tree Trust as part of our on-going respect and responsibility for our wider environment.  In all aspects of our business Clearview Estate Winery and Restaurant strive to reduce our impact on the environment, kaitiaki for future generations. 

We gratefully acknowledge the help of Trees That Count who have funded 7,000 trees over the years 2020-2022! This has provided the public with an opportunity to lend their support to the trust’s work on the restoration of the river.