Kaikoura Island I Motu Kaikoura
An open sanctuary promoting wilderness education, ecosystem restoration and public recreation on an offshore island.

Chalet Refurbishment Project


In April we held a combined meeting with members of the Hillsborough, Lynfield & Mt Roskill Rotary Club and members’ husbands.
Our speaker, Peter Johns, told us about his involvement, along with the Rotary Club of Warkworth, in restoration work being done on Motu Kaikoura Island in Port Fitzroy Harbour, Great Barrier Island.  The island is twice the size of Tiritiri Matangi and the hope is to turn it into another wildlife sanctuary. Pest eradication is carried out regularly and already the rat population is now down sufficiently to see birdlife returning. Pine tree eradication has begun to allow native vegetation to regenerate. Rotary has been involved in the refurbishment of Bradshaw House and other accommodation scattered throughout the bush, all of which has been in a very run-down condition for many years. Water tanks need to be installed to provide a good supply of fresh water. The hope is to have it all in good enough condition to accommodate school and youth visits & carry out conservation education. There is also the possibility of eventually establishing an Outward Bound Centre for young people. A fascinating talk on a relatively unknown island so close to us. We were pleased to be able to support this project.

Below is a link to volunteer and/or get involved with the restoration of the chalets. You'll learn new skills, meet like-minded people, contribute to conservation, and increase your connection to your local community and natural spaces.