Our lodge was destroyed by arson! The lodge played a crucial part in restoring this island sanctuary. Your donation can help us replace it.
Motu Kaikoura is an island reserve on the western coast of Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf, and provides shelter to Fitzroy Harbour. As a scenic reserve, it affords free and open access for the general public. Access is limited geographically, so the site where the buildings are located acts as a focal point where information, refreshment and toilet facilities are available. Public visitors, researchers, volunteers and education groups use the facilities during their visits.
Sadly, one of the main buildings (the “lodge”) was destroyed through arson in 2013. The lodge was simple in structure, but it was nonetheless functional, providing a place for shelter, research, cooking, dining, meeting and socialising. The loss of this community facility has proved a significant constraint on the future management and restoration activities of the island.
Although the lodge was insured, it was insufficient to cover a replacement lodge given the cost of building to current standards. The Trust has been supported through grants from Foundation North and Pub Charity - but even with this support, the total funds still fall short of the total required. The lodge will be built by a team from Architecture+Women NZ, under the guidance of our architects, SGA Ltd. Funds donated will be used to complete the build, and to transport the components to the island.
We hope that you will contribute to this cause, and in doing so help us continue managing and restoring a sanctuary that is part of the network of conservation islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
The Motu Kaikoura Trust is committed to seeing the Motu Kaikoura sanctuary project contribute to the conservation of New Zealand's native plants and animals.
We have undertaken an ecological restoration programme for the island, restoring native biodiversity. The island will always be accessible to the public, and we support outdoor education.
We have an insurance payout, and grants from Foundation North and Pub Charity - but these will not cover the replacement of a building to meet our needs at current building standards. Funds donated will be used complete the build, and to transport the materials to the island.
The build progressess ... 11 October 2017
Check out the process and progress at this website: