Strategic focuses identified in Te aka rautaki ki te tau 2026 are:
- Economic Development - work with Tairāwhiti businesses and industry to support an innovative, inclusive, and circular economy with opportunities for well-paid jobs.
- Community Initiatives - enable the people of Tairāwhiti by supporting initiatives that will deliver impact and outcome.
- Future Generations - ensure that future generations benefit from the Trust's assets and a more resilient region.
- Operationalising He Rangitapu He Tohu Ora - support people and communities of Tairāwhiti to understand and apply the wellbeing framework.