Great Barrier Island Environmental Trust

Great Barrier Island is a paradise for people and nature alike - The Department of Conservation NZ

Our mission is to work with the local community to protect native species through the eradication of rats and feral cats, to reintroduce species lost to the island, and to work towards building an ecology based economic framework for Great Barrier Island/Aotea. Our vision is to bring kokako back to Aotea.

Since its establishment in 2002 the aim of Great Barrier Island Environmental Trust (formerly GBI Charitable Trust) has been to build awareness in the local community of the potential environmental, social, and economic benefits of eradicating rats and feral cats from the island.

Important steps towards restoration will be the return of species already lost to the island and the protection of those species we treasure (such as pateke, black petrel, chevron skink, dotterel, kaka, kereru, kakariki and others). Ngati Rehua / Ngati Wai ki Aotea are committed to bringing back kokako to te Paparahi but rat numbers need to reduce dramatically for this to happen – either through ground based control in Te Paparahi, or via whole of island measures.

For more information on what we are working on, other private environmental initiatives on GBI, and any special events, pick up a copy of the latest Bush Telegraph or go to our website:

Phone 022 344 2438 (Administrator)


  • Producers of the Environmental News and Bush Telegraph newsletters
  • Community initiated protectors of GBI wildlife and habitats
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