Trust District

Beneficiaries of Masterton Trust Lands Trust grants must live or operate within the boundaries of a largely urban area known as the ‘Trust district’.

The original Trust district area was defined by legislation in 1871 for the purpose of Masterton Trust Lands Trust elections. As Masterton has evolved, the Trust district has been updated in amended legislation to reflect the town’s growth. The current Act is the Masterton Trust Lands Act 2003.

The Trust district means all the land area:

  • Within the district of the former Borough of Masterton as that district was constituted on 31 March 1989 and;
  • Within the Masterton Small Farm Settlement. This was the original area of land acquired by the Small Farms Association which was responsible for the settlement of Masterton.