The Trust has a strong relationship with Westervelt NZ, and its parent company, The Westervelt Company based in Alabama, USA. Locally the New Zealand relationship has and does, develop mutually beneficial business opportunities with ecotourism.
Helisika operates helicopter charters from a base near Poronui Lodge. It offers a number of services, one of which involves the transport for hunting and fishing trips onto both public and private-owned lands.
While exploring new ways for the Trust to maintain control and widen use of the land, the Trust entered into a new Agreement with Helisika for them to provide helicopter services for Hunting and Fishing, and to only operate hunting during two annual periods of March-May and October-December.
Relationships with other adjoining landowners have grown over recent years to the extent that in a number of cases, significant co-operation is occurring which is benefiting either one, or both parties economically. The Trust is making a concerted effort to strengthen all those relationships. That effort will continue in 2016/17.