Mayor Island Made a Maori Reserve

Date: 1/12/2003

On 3 November, Mayor Island became the first island to receive Maori conservation area status. Conversation Minister Chris Carter said the island, 35km from Tauranga Harbour, was rich in Maori history. It already had wildlife reserve status and the seas around its northern end were protected as a marine reserve. The new status as a Maori reserve formally protects indigenous vegetation under a covenant with the Maori owner, the Tahua Trust, and recognises the cultural values of the island.

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