Te Hauturu-o-Toi

Conservation Management Plan

Treaty Settlement Redress For Te Hauturu-O-Toi

Ngati Manuhiri are the recognised kaitiaki of Te Hauturu-o-Toi and are actively engaged with the Department of Conservation (DOC) in the management of the nature reserve.

The Ngati Manuhiri Claims Settlement Act 2012 notes the formal apology of the Crown and its

profound regret of the breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi and its principles and the devastating consequences for the cultural, spiritual, economic and physical well-being of Ngati Manuhiri that continue to be felt today.

The Crown acknowledged the long association of Ngati Manuhiri with Te Hauturu-o-Toi and vested the Island to Ngati Manuhiri who then gifted it back to the people of New Zealand for its continuance as a nature reserve.

The Treaty Settlement package also included:

  • Vesting (gifting) of a site on Te Hauturu-O-Toi for the purpose of a marae
  • Co-governance of Te Hauturu-O-Toi through the preparation of a Conservation Management Plan with DOC
  • Removal of stones for cultural purposes
  • Whenua Rahui/Overlay – for our values and protection principals being acknowledged in the management of Te Hauturu-O-Toi
  • Correction of the place name to Te Hauturu-O-Toi (Little Barrier island)

Conservation Management Plan

A joint working party between DOC, the Auckland Conservation Board and Ngati Manuhiri was formed to support the co-governance arrangement and to develop the Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for Te Hauturu-o-Toi.


The Hauturu-ō-Toi / Little Barrier Island Nature Reserve Management Plan is the second post Treaty settlement management plan to become operative and be implemented. It provides DOC with a guide for managing the Hauturu-ō-Toi / Little Barrier Island Nature Reserve, on behalf of all New Zealanders, under the governance of the Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust and Auckland Conservation Board.

Click the link below to view the Plan