The Southland Times has reported that the Dog Island Motu Pio Trust has taken a huge step towards realising the vision of its founder who died last year.
Last week the trust announced establishing an ecological plan with several parties to ensure restoration and ongoing conservation of the remote island.
Trust founder Peter Ridsdale helped set up the trust to enable restoration, conservation and management of Dog Island in Southland.
Ridsdale, the former Ascot Park Hotel general manager, lost his battle with motor neurone disease at Hospice Southland in June last year.
The newspaper said the trust worked closely with local iwi, the Government, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Maritime New Zealand to draw up the plan.
The project will cater to restoration, conservation and management of the predator-free island, by planting native trees, maintaining infrastructure and planning activities for the island, including tourism.
The Southland Times said the project was recently granted $10,000 from New Zealand Oil & Gas Ltd (NZX: NZO) to progress work.
Dog Island Motu Pio Trust chairman Dean Addie was grateful for the support from Awarua Runanga, New Zealand Oil & Gas, DOC and Maritime NZ and all the others involved.
The operational lighthouse on Dog Island, which became automated in 1989, continues to be used as a navigational aid by mariners in the Foveaux Strait.
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