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Hon Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, this morning attended the formal announcement of the purchase of Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island, on behalf of Minister of Conservation, Hon Maggie Barry.

“After a lot of hard work it is fantastic that the purchase of Glenfern Sanctuary is now finalised, and it will therefore continue to be a critical part of the movement to achieve a pest-free Hauraki Gulf,” says Ms Kaye.

“As the local MP for Great Barrier Island, I am delighted that the Government has contributed $ 975,000 to the successful purchase.”

The purchase of Glenfern from the Bouzaid family is a combination of contributions from the Department of Conservation (DOC) through the Nature Heritage Fund, the Auckland Council and Great Barrier Local Boards and Foundation North.

“I want to specifically recognise the hard work and leadership of Councillor Christine Fletcher, for helping bring together the different agencies and organisations that made this possible,” says Ms Kaye.

The 83-hectare Glenfern Sanctuary was founded by the late Tony Bouzaid, who created the sanctuary to protect endangered native birds on the Island.

“I would like to acknowledge the Bouzaid family for making the property available for purchase and to Tony, who was tireless in his determination to have the sanctuary established.

“Glenfern is a significant gateway for the Island, providing both tourism and educational opportunities, making its acquisition into public ownership invaluable.

“Last week I was on the Island to open the redeveloped Aotea Track, and this sanctuary provides an additional conservation experience. I hope that many schools and families will be able to visit the sanctuary and walk the track in the future.

“The team at Glenfern is incredibly passionate about managing and protecting the local flora and fauna, with the help of local volunteers, and this announcement ensures this will continue.”

Glenfern will be placed under the ownership of Auckland Council and form part of their parks network.

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