People & Partnerships

Rotoroa Island Trust

Plant Choice

500,000 + plants including Olearia solandri, Coprosma arborea, Coprosma robusta, Coprosma repens, Hebe stricta, Kunzea ericoides, Leptospermum scoparium, Metrosideros robusta, Olearia furfuracea, Pittosporum crassifolium, Pseudopanax lessonii, Sophora chathamica, Cordyline australis, Cyperus ustulatis, Juncus gregiflorus/ edgarii, Apodasmia similis (Leptocarpus similus), Phormium tenax, Laurelia nouvae-zealandiae, Plagianthus divaricatus.


Kauri Park had to barge nearly 100 truck loads of plants across to Rotoroa Island.  The plantings were designed by an ecologist so there was little flexibility in timing of supply and variations to the quantities per species. They had to fit in with planting teams and tide and weather conditions.

Planet & Eco-Leadership

The species had to be eco sourced from Rotoroa Island and other islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Species had to be able to withstand the often harsh environmental conditions. The plantings were designed to assist with the reestablishment of native fauna and also to provide a sense of well being for visitors to the island.

Shared Success

Rotoroa Island was once a rehabilitation facility run by the Salvation Army. In 2007 a philanthropist Plowman, took over the lease of the island  having spent many a holiday there during his child hood. He has turned it back into an iconic park to be enjoyed by the public from exploring its history, relaxing on its tranquil beaches or enjoying its many bushwalks. The island has over 600,000 native plants and sculpture work by world leading sculptors for the public to enjoy.

Rotoroa Island is exposed to extreme levels of environmental pressures, from frequently lashed salt laden winds to slips and fires. In spite of these pressures, plant losses have been minimal, plantings have established exceptionally well and the island is an environmental success story. Rotoroa Island is one of New Zealand greatest philanthropist gifts back to the people for enjoyment.