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

Sponsors and Donations



The Trust wishes to express its thanks to the ASB Community Trust which has been supportive of both the purchase and the continuing management of Motu Kaikoura. In the campaign to purchase the island it generously gave $2 million and helped persuade local government authorities to also assist financially. Subsequently the ASB Trusts have continued to show their support in giving guaranteed finance spread over four years towards the islands management.

The purchase of Motu Kaikoura could not have proceeded without the active support and financial assistance given by the Nature Heritage Fund.   Both the board and the staff saw the potential of the island and took the case to Central Government for the bulk of the necessary funding. 

The Lion Foundation has generously funded a new sewage system which serves  
the Lost Resort, and ablution block.   Jan 2012.   Their latest contributions have seen funding towards a Kawasaki Mule and a further sewerage upgrade.

The Pub Charity made a grant for the wilderness toilet on the airfield,  and lately (2016)has generously made grants towards the Kawasaki Mule and excavator.   

The Stout Trust showed confidence and gave financial support during the campaign to persuade the NZ Government to assist in buying Motu Kaikoura Island. The campaign could not have proceeded without their underwriting the potential costs.  The Stout Trust also helped fund the initial website.

Vodafone made a grant for communications systems, emails and cellphone facilities.


Many donors have assisted with furthering the cause, too many to mention individually yet each has provided valuable resources for which the Trust is most grateful.   A representative sample of donors follows:


The ARC made a grant from their Coastal Enhancement Fund for a new pontoon and gangway. 

Safeworx Ltd. donated wet weather gear for the caretaker.
Dr. Flue Ltd. supplied a wood burner to heat the caretaker's chalet.