About Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) Supporters Trust
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.