Island sanctuary project makes progress

A year ago, Hibiscus Matters reported on the proposal for a multi-million dollar building project on Tirtiri Matangi Island.

The work includes building a field centre to enable larger numbers of researchers/scientists, volunteers and the general public to stay overnight.

Further work has been completed on the design for the centre, which now includes a central lounge and kitchen, a deck with spectacular views, a shower/toilet block, 11 two-bed units for visitors and two two-bedroom family units. The proposed complex will also include three self-contained units for staff.

In addition, it is proposed to build a new museum building and a replica of the original signal mast, which was around 20m tall and would be placed in its original position in front of the signal tower. The mast was used to communicate with boats coming into the Gulf via flags.

The necessary lease agreements have been obtained from the Department of Conservation, clearing the way for a resource consent application to be lodged with Auckland Council.

The total cost is expected to be around $4.5 million. Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi chair Brian Chandler says the organisation hopes to begin fundraising soon and to start building next year. It has already allocated around $600,000 of its reserve funds to the project.


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