The Rangimarie Trust was established by long-term Ōpōtiki residents Jane and Jim Jackman, Jopie Hofland and Margaret Haase. Concerned about the shortage of quality low-cost rental homes in Ōpōtiki for people on a low fixed income, they decided to act. The Trust was formed and they started fundraising, making and selling patchwork quilts, and running market stalls and raffles.
The Trust focus is primarily on providing social housing for retired beneficiaries, although some of the tenants are vulnerable younger people. The location of both the Richard Street and King Street sites is close to the town centre. All the units are maintained to a very high standard to ensure that they are comfortable, healthy homes- cheap to keep warm and dry in winter, and light and airy in summer.
The Trust continues to look for opportunities to increase housing security for those on fixed incomes in Opotiki.