Te Mata Park is private land, gifted in perpetuity to the community in 1927 under a Deed of Trust. The Te Mata Park Trust Board is responsible for the protection and management of the 107.5 hectares of land that constitute the Park. The honorary Trustees are supported by a few contractors, including Park Manager Emma Buttle. Additional volunteers from the local community assist with ongoing management of the Park and related community activities. In addition to the Deed of Trust, the Park is also protected as a designated Landscape of National Significance in the Hastings District Plan, and by a QE2 covenant.