Public agencies and the Government have united to purchase Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island.
The 83-hectare property, which forms an important part of the wider Kotuku Peninsula, has been developed and ecologically restored by the Bouzaid family since 1992. With the support of many community groups and funding agencies, Auckland Council will now manage it as a regional park.
Mayor Len Brown acknowledged the dedication and vision that went into the creation of Glenfern Sanctuary, and its importance for all Aucklanders.
“Tony Bouzaid had a very passionate commitment to conservation – we are delighted that his legacy will be protected forever, for the people of Auckland and New Zealand.
“We will care for Glenfern and continue to contribute to the conservation of the Kotuku Peninsula with pride,” he says.
Auckland Council and the Great Barrier Local Board have contributed a combined $1.25 million. The Minister of Conservation, through the Crown’s advisory Nature Heritage Fund, will make a $975,000 contribution, and Foundation North will put in $675,000.
Great Barrier Local Board Chair Izzy Fordham says Glenfern offers more opportunities for conservation, education and economic outcomes for the island and the Hauraki Gulf.
“Fitzroy Harbour is a stunning destination and securing Glenfern Sanctuary as a drawcard for visitors to this area is important.