Find out about the various community organisations that are also involved in restoration work in the Fiordland Islands.

DOC has managed most of the Fiordland island projects to date, including work on Secretary Island and Resolution Island. However, two community trusts have also developed their own ambitious projects:

Te Puka-Hereka South West New Zealand Endangered Species Charitable Trust initiated a restoration programme for Te Puka-Hereka / Coal Island in Preservation Inlet in 2005.

Pomona and Rona Islands in Lake Manapouri have also been the focus of a comprehensive community-led restoration programme since 2006, funded through sponsorship to Pomona Island Charitable Trust.

John Davies, Fiordland Conservation Trust, releasing a kakaruai, South Island robin. Photo: Barry Harcourt.
John Davies releasing a South Island

The NZ Government has funded DOC to establish the necessary infrastructure (tracks, huts, and radio communications) and to carry out pest-eradication on islands in Fiordland. In 2005 a $7 million funding package was announced for Secretary and Resolution islands. DOC’s work has also been supported by financial sponsorship from:

  • Fiordland Lobster Company, e.g. for the October 2008 translocation of North Island kokako to Secretary Island
  • Real Journeys multi-day Discovery Cruises
  • BDG Synthesis rock wren project
  • Peregrine Wines Saddleback Recovery
  • Chalky Digits South Island Robin Transfer
  • Fiordland Cinema
  • Fiordland Explorer Charters undertake predator control trapping in Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound, to support the Fiordland Islands Restoration Programme
  • Discount helicopter rates from Fiordland Helicopters, Southwest Helicopters and Southern lakes Helicopters

Rata flower. Photo: G. Dainty.
Rata flower

Many individuals and local operators have given their time to supporting this work including Deep Cove Charters Ltd., Fiordland Wilderness Experiences, Adventure Kayak, and Cruise Fiordland.

In 2007 The Fiordland Conservation Trust was established by the community to provide independent funding and resources to conservation projects in Fiordland and Southland.

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