About Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust

Milestones and Achievements to date:

Formation of the Trust in July 1997.

Writing of a Business and Development Plan in October 1998.

Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Conservation in August 1999.

Received Trust of the Year Award from the New Zealand Trustees Association for 2000.

Publication of a brochure on the Historic Baches using a grant from the Hauraki Gulf Charitable Trust.

Professional documentation of the Bach Communities and development of a research archive including over 50 oral histories and 300 photographs. Supported by grants from the Lottery Grants Board - Heritage

Public display of research material, articles, books and memorabilia celebrating the Bach Communities at Huia Lodge in May 2001 (Extended viewing due to public interest). Another display is planned for North Shore City in November 2001.

Provision of speakers to interest groups and schools, demand for which is increasing.

Sponsorship by the New Zealand Maritime Museum to undertake the restoration of two baches at Islington Bay using their own personnel- the first on is already underway.

The start of restoration of a bach at Rangitoto Wharf by the Trust using Trust volunteers and donated materials - aim to weatherproof the bach by the end of Summer 2001. The Bach was given to the Trust by the Leaseholder for use as its headquarters for further restoration work.

Resolution of conflict between leaseholders and the Department of Conservation and community consensus in support of the Trust's plans for the Bach Communities.

Steady increase in membership that includes the general public and visitors to New Zealand.

Planning currently underway for an inorganic clean up of both Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands in February 2002 - in excess of 35 tonnes of iron and other hazardous waste is to be removed using volunteer labour of which 80% is to be re-cycled.

Immediate Goals 2001 -2005:

Successful completion of the in-organic cleanup in February 2002, 30 tonnes of rubbish including 2.79 tonnes of glass removed over a two-week period.

Weatherproofing of Bach at Rangitoto Wharf completed and funding for interior/remainder of exterior applied for with full restoration completed by Summer 2002. Exterior weatherproofing completed April 2003. Interior as funding allows.

Development of Interactive Website - initial website available in June 2002 at www.geocities.com/rangitoto_trust. Applications for funding to develop the website further in 2003.

Website now at www.rangitoto.org

Strategic Planning Session with Heads of Department e.g. DoC, Trustee's and community members to facilitate final planned usage for the bach communities. First meeting held June 2002 - requested to apply for a five year permit.

Up skill Board of Trustees - computer programs for Power Point presentations etc, business planning and funding applications to corporate sponsors etc.

Increased public support and awareness of the Trust activities.

Self Sufficiency usage and maintenance pilot model developed and tested.

Funding for restoration of the remainder of the Bach Communities is investigated with the view to a long-term strategic approach.

Permits required by the Trust to implement business and development plan granted by the Department of Conservation.

Set in motion the Concession process by consulting with the Tangata Whenua with regard to the Treaty of Waitangi and Rangitoto Island.

Long Term Plans 2005 - 2015:

Funding for the restoration of the Bach Communities is in place.

Concession process is completed and concession for the management of the Bach Communities has been granted to the Trust.

Long term self sufficiency usage plan developed and implemented.

Further research and documentation of Rangitoto Island post WW2 and the prison camp.

Creation of a living museum including self guided walks.

Publication of a book on the History of the Rangitoto Bach Communities.

Ongoing website development.

Evaluation process developed and implemented.

Support Required:

Significant long term financial support

In kind advisory assistance for strategy, networking, planning, promotion and implementation.