Published 2 February 2008
The Salvation Army is entering into a long-term lease with a new trust of which it will be sole beneficiary, the Rotoroa Island Trust, to develop the Hauraki Gulf island into a conservation estate. The Salvation Army will remain the owner of the island.
The conservation estate development plans include felling the pine trees and planting out at least 50% of the island with 350,000 native trees over the next 5 years.
The trust is also seeking applications to create up to 10 sites for private homes. Trustee John Gow said public access would be provided to the island in about 3 years, for the first time on over 100 years.
“Special aspects of the island’s heritage & history will be retained & restored. In addition, the story of the Salvation Army’s 100-year ownership of the island and its use as a treatment facility for alcohol- & drug-addicted clients will be told in an informative way for future visitors to the island.”
Attribution: Salvation Army notice, story written by Bob Dey for this website.