Conservation park agreed for Great Barrier Island

July 21st, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A new conservation park is set for .

The new Aotea Conservation Park will consist of 12,109 hectares of land on the island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.

It will be the Department of Conservation’s largest park in the Auckland region and will be similar in size to the Auckland Council’s Hunua and Waitakere Ranges parks.

The new park will include 18 different blocks of general stewardship land and will be New Zealand’s largest area of possum-free forest, including native trees, kauri, pohutukawa, kanuka and the Great Barrier tree daisy.

There will be healthy bird populations of kaka, pateke (brown teal), puweto (spotless crake) and matata (fernbird).

The park will also have the most diverse range of native freshwater species of any offshore island in New Zealand, and populations of very rare frogs, native paua slugs and niho taniwha (chevron skink).

Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith announced plans for the new park today at a community function in Claris with Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye.

I’ve been to Great Barrier Island many times. It is a unique part of New Zealand, and it is a very good thing to increase the protection of the land there by making it a conservation park.

“The immediate priority is the restoration of tracks, bridges, repair of huts, signage, campgrounds and the Department’s office” Dr Smith said.

The Government has committed $2.5 million to the repairs.

Great Barrier Island is my favourite place in New Zealand for getting away from it all. I haven’t done all the walking tracks on the island, but hope to over time.

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6 Responses to “Conservation park agreed for Great Barrier Island”

  1. wiseowl (895 comments) says:

    Here we go again.
    It should have been called Great Barrier Conservation Park.

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  2. Tarquin North (298 comments) says:

    It would be a much nicer place if they could find a way of eradicating the hippies – they’re worse than stoats. They should never have paid the dole over there.

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  3. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “They should never have paid the dole over there.”

    Like Northland you can’t get the dole unless you have actually worked at a taxpaying job on Gt Barrier.

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  4. Tarquin North (298 comments) says:

    You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about jackinabox.

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  5. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about jackinabox.”

    And you do TN? Ring the MSD and ask them.

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  6. Tarquin North (298 comments) says:

    The dole was not paid on Barrier until the 1980’s. This happened because the values went up on Waiheke as the trendsetters moved in. When that happened all the unwashed ones moved on, a lot went to the barrier. Prior to that, apart from bach owners and a few local families engaged in fishing, farming and a bit of tourism nothing happened there. There was bugger all crime. They still don’t have reticulated electricity, therefore no industry and no jobs. A hippy bludgers paradise.

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