NZ Herald - Couple give island to Auckland

A Hauraki Gulf island used as an alcohol and drug rehabilitation centre for 100 years is being gifted to Auckland by a couple who made a fortune selling towel supplies.

Philanthropists Neal and Annette Plowman have funded a 99-year lease of Rotoroa Island from the Salvation Army and formed a trust to create a conservation park and restore historical features including a chapel, jail and school house.

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Posted by Angela Bishop on January 25, 2011