Photo of the week: Aotea/Great Barrier Island

Department of Conservation —  19/02/2014

Today’s photo shows one of the last great wilderness areas of the Auckland region — Aotea/Great Barrier Island.

Aotea/Great Barrier Island. Photo: Alexander Kluge | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Right now there’s a proposal afoot to declare a conservation park on the island and you’ve got less than a fortnight left to let us know what you think about the idea.

The proposal is for the 15,000 hectares of public conservation land on Aotea/Great Barrier Island, currently stewardship land, to be designated a new conservation park.

The legal effect of this change would be greater protection for the island’s flora and fauna, while still allowing for recreation opportunities.

More information about the proposed Aotea/Great Barrier Island conservation park, including an online submission form

This photo was taken by Alexander Kluge | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

3 responses to Photo of the week: Aotea/Great Barrier Island

    Lesley Shand 19/02/2014 at 2:02 pm

    GREAT BARRIER ISLAND should be classified as a Consevation Park.

    I realize when I sent my short submission on Gt Barrier Island.

    I forgot to add my Ph. No .03 3790 316

    I also forgot to add that we [our family ] have owned Lot 13 Vivian Bay Kawau Island since 1938

    And my sister Diana and I have owned this land since about 1970.

    Please could you combeign this with my earlier submission.


    Lesley Shand,

    Island Hills,

    1619 Tekoa Rd,


    Nth Canterbury.

    Ps Please could you count this as a submission.

    That Great Barrier Island should be a a Conservation Park under the Conservation Act 1987.


      Kia ora Lesley. We’ve passed your comment on to DOC’s Auckland team – they’ll ensure your submission is included in the mix. Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback!

    Lesley Shand 19/02/2014 at 9:43 am

    Lesley Shand,

    Island Hills,

    1619 Tekoa Road ,


    North Canterbury

    Please count this as a submission .

    I consider that making Great Barrier Island a Conservation Park would be very appropriate.

    It fulfils the criteria set out in the Conservation Act.

    It has wonderful indigenous fauna and flora eg Pohutakawa, parakeets, woodpigeons and wonderful sea life..

    Lesley Shand

    PS I have never been to Great Barrier Island but have always wanted to.

    When on the Nature conservation Council we had the issue of Whales and the people of the main /only town

    on Great Barrier Island being so helpful.