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Innovation Story - Maraeroa C

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The Ministry of Science and Innovation (www.msi.govt.nz) is now the Science + Innovation Group within the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE). With the support of MSI, Maraeroa C has developed an iwi-based business model for growing pharmaceutical-grade ginseng in their Pine forests, where the trees provide protection for the high-value crop. Maraeroa C Block comprises 13,767 acres and is situated in the Pureora region of the King Country. It is located on the southwest boundary of Pureora Forest, between State Highway 30 and the Ongarue River. The contour ranges from flat to steep, with a general south westerly aspect whilst the soil type is predominantly Taupo Ash. “The Proprietors of Maraeroa C Block Incorporation” was established at a sitting of the Court held in Hamilton on 18 December 1970, to receive the land asset and to manage the land for the benefit of the descendants of the original owners of the land. Today, Maraeroa C Incorporation is governed by a Management Committee of seven people appointed by the beneficial owners. A Chief Executive has also been employed to manage the business of the Incorporation with the assistance of several staff.

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