A word from the Trustees


Since its establishment in 1997, the Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) Supporters’ Trust has contributed materially to the protection and enhancement of the unique icon of conservation that is Hauturu.

The Trustees share a passion for Hauturu, which, to all of us, is symbolic of wider national and global ecological values. Hauturu is rare in its relatively insignificant modification compared to most environments. Its status among informed ecologists makes it a precious and inspiring example, well outside our own national borders.

In isolation, Hauturu is a treasure worthy of special attention in its own right. We are very aware, however, that this is a conservation asset of universal importance and we are strongly committed to the safety of its natural systems.

We work on behalf of a wide community of people and we cannot be effective without their support, whether philosophical, financial or by contribution of time or other resources, however modest.

The Trust offers an excellent and unique opportunity for business enterprises and people who care about our environment to contribute in a very significant, effective and direct way. Projects have included working towards the eradication of kiore, and of several species of invasive and destructive weeds, as well as the construction of a tuatara breeding enclosure.

Fundamental to any consideration of the Trust’s work is its relationship with the Department of Conservation (DOC). We consider it a privilege to be involved with the island and this is only possible in coordination with DOC. We admire the dedication and professionalism of the DOC people involved with the island, and greatly appreciate their willingness to recognize us as part of the team working for the benefit of Hauturu. The trustees look forward to continuing this relationship and to forming new relationships and strategic partnerships with individuals, businesses and environmental organisations.

Did you know?
Hauturu is home to New Zealand’s most diverse assemblage of reptiles: tuatara; 12 species of geckos and skinks. In the absence of kiore, Hauturu tuatara (bred in captivity on the island) are being released into the wild to join the limited few that had survived there.