Rotoroa Island Trust

The Rotoroa Island Trust’s vision is to care for this island sanctuary where visitors can connect with nature and come to better understand conservation, while respecting the Island’s heritage as a place of recovery and renewal through its owners, The Salvation Army.

Four years after The Salvation Army disestablished Rotoroa Island's alcohol and drug rehabilitation services, the Rotoroa Island Trust was established in 2008. This Trust purchased a 99-year lease from The Salvation Army and the island has undergone a significant transformation before opening to the public in 2011. Over 20,000 pine trees have been felled to make room for 400,000 native plants-and that's just the beginning. Holiday homes restored so people can stay and experience the island overnight and the trust undertook a major programme to make the island predator free.

The next phase was a 5-year partnership with Auckland Zoo which helped develop the wildlife sanctuary that Rotoroa is today, a safe place for endangered species in need of care. Through this relationship, a number of endangered animals were released on the island, including takahē, tīeke (saddleback), kiwi, skinks and pateke (brown teal).

Today, the trust is a small team working to protect this wonderful taonga and welcome people to experience our island sanctuary.

Rotoroa Island was the first major project created with generous gifts from Neal and Annette Plowman who went on to establish the NEXT Foundation, which makes significant investments in education and environment initiatives. Thanks to the vision of the Plowmans, Rotoroa Island is now an idyllic wildlife sanctuary sitting just off the coast of Auckland city and open for everyone to enjoy.

2023 Impacts at a Glance

Many businesses and individuals have helped in the restoration of Rotoroa Island. We'd like to say thanks to the following companies and people:

Charitable Trusts and Organisations
The Salvation Army
The Hutton Wilson Trust
Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation

Probono Support

Volunteer Groups, including...
Pernod Ricard New Zealand

Community Partners and Associations
Department of Conservation (DoC)
Save the Kiwi
Auckland Zoo
Forest and Bird
Hauraki Gulf Marine Forum
Thames Coast Kiwi Care

Suppliers and Contractors
Explore Group
The Letter Q
Rick Pearson and Associates
​Boffa Miskell

A special thank you to the following photographers and organisations for giving us access to their images to help us share Rotoroa Island's story:
Nick Eagles, Richard Gibson, James Gow, Kathrin Simon, Karen Talbot, Striped Trees Productions, Auckland Zoo, NZ Herald and The Salvation Army Archives

Directors of The Rotoroa Island Trust Company Limited (the Trustees) are Andrew Poole (Chairman),  Ewen Anderson, Commissioner Mark Campbell, Lt Colonel Allan Clark and Simon Plowman.  Commissioner Mark Campbell and Lt Colonel Allan Clark represent the Salvation Army. Rotoroa Island Trust's Charities Commission Registration Number is CC24437.

Rotoroa Island Trust receives so public funding, so we are grateful for any donations which help our restoration programme.
Donations can be made directly to our trust account - 02-0108-0032549-01
For a receipt, please email your name and address details to [email protected] 

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