The Trust

Our Beginnings

The Motutapu Restoration Trust (MRT) was officially incorporated as a charitable trust on 16th Feb in 1994, and since that time has spear-headed a major restoration project intended to restore and enhance Motutapu's natural and cultural values.

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Who Are We?

Chair of the Motutapu Restoration Trust - Brett Butland

Our charitable trust was established in February 1994.

We seek to generate and adminster funding to enable the restoration of this treasured island.

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Our Vision & Aims

"Breathing new life into an ancient landform"

Our vision is to restore the natural and cultural landscapes of Motutapu.

  • The natural landscape similar to that which existed on Motutapu after the Rangitoto eruption around 600 years ago.

Our Achievements

Since the Trust was formed in 1994, dozens of sponsors and trusts, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of Friends have helped us achieve a long list of projects and complete a vast amount of conservation work in our collective drive to restore the island's habitats and native wildlife for future generations.

After much consultation the founding ""The Motutapu Restoration Working Plan"" was developed in 1994. Since then we have seen many achievements including:

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Significance and Future

Motutapu mirrors much of New Zealand's history, from its geological origins to human settlement (Maori and European) of the Island.

The Island is a natural recreation reserve managed by Department of Conservation (DoC). The MRT has a formal partnership with DoC and has been working to a comprehensive working plan for restoration and interpretation of the Island's natural, cultural and historic values that is consistent with the Hauraki Gulf Conservation Management Strategy (CMS)

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Peter Harrison QSO

Peter Harrison QSO (1934-2011)

Former Motutapu Restoration Trustee
Former Chair of the Motutapu Foundation


The following are a collection of tributes to Peter

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