New Trust to manage Kaikoura Island

  • Chris Carter

Conservation Minister Chris Carter has appointed the Motu Kaikoura Trust to control and manage the reserve on Kaikoura Island.

The announcement follows the $10.5m joint venture purchase of Kaikoura last year by the government, the ASB Community Trust, the Auckland Regional Council and Auckland’s local authorities.

"It was a community vision that resulted in the protection of Kaikoura, and the opening up of it for the public. As such, it is appropriate that a community trust manage this spectacular Hauraki Gulf island," Mr Carter said.

The Motu Kaikoura Trust includes representatives from the Native Forests Restoration Trust, Forest & Bird, the Great Barrier Island Trust and community board, Ngati Rehua, the Auckland Regional Council, Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi, Outward Bound, the Outdoor Pursuits Centre of NZ, and a number of well-known business people and academics.

"Kaikoura Island has a immense potential for conservation, recreation, and for the outdoor education of New Zealand youth," Mr Carter said.

"This trust is the body charged with fulfilling that potential, and I have every confidence that in time they will."

Kaikoura Island is located on the western side of Great Barrier Island and is 564 hectares in size, making it the seventh largest island in the Hauraki Gulf. Strategically placed, it forms the natural harbours of Port Fitzroy and Port Abercombie.

Media Cotact: Nick Maling, Press Secretary to the Hon Chris Carter Ph 04 470 6874, 021 890 170; Allan McKenzie, Manager Land Conservation Ph 04 471 3099, 027 439 5609

Motu Kaikoura Trust Board Members

Angela McGregor,NZNFRT supporter
Cedric Allen,PorterNovelli
David Pattemore,Forest & Bird, youth
Geoff Davidson, NZNFRT trustee
John Ogden,GBI Trust Chairman
Judith Grant,Ak Uni lecturer
Mel Galbraith,Unitec lecturer
Mervyn McGhee,Ngati Rehua
Mike Lee, A.R.C. & NHF
Rawiri Wharemata, Ngati Rehua
Ron Faber, Outward Bound
Rupert Wilson, Outdoor Pursuits Centre of NZ
Simon Fordham, Tiritiri- Matangi Supporters
Tony Bouzaid, GBI Community Board