About Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) Supporters Trust

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Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) Supporters' Trust (The Trust) was established in 1997, with the primary objective of supporting and contributing to the conservation of the indigenous values of Little Barrier Island (Te Hauturu-o-Toi) and its significance as a wildlife sanctuary of international importance.

While the Trust has its own specific objectives, it also coordinates its activities with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and liaises closely with DOC officers responsible for the island. Wherever possible, it provides practical support for targeted initiatives that demonstrably benefit Hauturu.

The Trust raises funds to initiate or assist selected projects on the island, particularly where habitat or inhabitants are threatened. It has funded important weed control and eradication programmes, a significant aerial survey, and an urgently needed extension to the tuatara enclosures.

Project funding comes from subscriptions to its newsletter “Hauturu, donations from the Trust's supporters, grants, sponsorships and bequests. The Trust will continue to select projects that will be of direct benefit to Hauturu's endangered animal and plant species. Immediate aims range from further weed control to targeted species protection and research, and educational programmes.

The Trust presents the interests of the island in appropriate forums, in order to facilitate both discussion and the dissemination of information about its status and special needs. In particular, the Trust strongly supports and promotes the need for security of the island and the protection of its flora and fauna from animal and plant pests. Human impact is necessarily kept to a minimum.

Education is seen as a key role by the Trust. Ensuring that the public is aware of the significance of Little Barrier Island/ Te Hauturu-o-Toi and understands why it needs protecting is of paramount importance.

Educational programmes can therefore offer corporate entities a high-profile opportunity to identify with valuable conservation ethics in relation to Little Barrier Island/ Te Hauturu-o-Toi.

Did you know?
For nearly two decades, from 1982 to 1999, Hauturu became a safe haven for up to 23 kakapo (the “night parrot”), which was close to 50% of the remaining kakapo, the world's most endangered parrot. They had been moved mostly from Stewart Island to protect them from cat predation. However, due to the large size and rugged terrain of Hauturu, the intensive management (including supplementary feeding and protecting chicks from rats) required at the time for their recovery, was very difficult to achieve and they were transferred to Whenua Hou / Codfish Island in the late 1990s. The birds also needed to be removed prior to the rat eradication in 2004. In 1999 Lisa, who had initially eluded transfer, was found on a nest. All three eggs were fertile and produced female chicks, a major boost to the recovery programme at that time. In April 2012, seven birds were reintroduced to Hauturu from Codfish and Anchor Islands. Four of the birds had previously lived on the island. Two more male kakapo were transferred onto the island in October 2013, one of which was a member of the group of kakapo resident on Hauturu which were taken off the island in the late 1990s. Hauturu and Codfish Island are the only two large islands in New Zealand which are suitable for kakapo breeding and which are beyond the natural dispersal ability of predators such as stoats, cats and rats. Therefore these two islands offer kakapo long-term security. The recent release of birds on Hauturu is a trial to determine whether they can breed on their own without supplementary feeding, now that rats are no longer present on Hauturu and there will be no more chick predation and a better food source available for chicks. The birds are monitored, but are not actively managed.