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Nikki Kaye, MP for Auckland Central, has welcomed the government’s commitment to contribute to the purchase of Glenfern Sanctuary on Great Barrier Island.

“The Minister of Conservation, Hon Maggie Barry, announced the funding from the government’s Nature Heritage Fund while visiting the sanctuary today. I want to acknowledge the Minister’s conservation commitment to the island with this announcement.

“The government will contribute funding as part of a consortium, including the Auckland Council, Great Barrier Local Board and private donors, and this will potentially enable public ownership of the sanctuary.

Ms Kaye said that the possibility of public purchase will allow the sanctuary to be further utilized for the protection of many rare and endangered species that inhabit the Island.

“It’s fantastic that the protection of Great Barrier Island, and the Hauraki Gulf as a whole, is a strategic focus for the Department of Conservation.

“The Glenfern Sanctuary is a critical part of the movement to achieve a pest-free Hauraki Gulf in the near future.

“The team at Glenfern is incredibly passionate about managing and protecting the local flora and fauna, with the help of local volunteers.

“The sanctuary provides great opportunities for tourism and education, and it’s vital that it continues to function effectively.

“This is another great Conservation initiative to complement the new Aotea Conservation Park and Aotea Track on Great Barrier Island.

“Glenfern Sanctuary is the potential gateway or face to the extensive network of trails, tourism options, education opportunities and biodiversity on the island. It’s crucial we secure the sanctuary and all it offers, now and in the future.

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