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Under section 22 of the Local Government Act 2002, the Minister of Local Government is the territorial authority for a number of offshore islands that are not included in the boundaries of an established territorial authority.
On 29 October 2014, the Minister of Local Government, Hon Paula Bennett, delegated territorial authority responsibilities to the Associate Minister of Local Government, Hon Louise Upston. The Department of Internal Affairs supports the Associate Minister in fulfilling her responsibilities as territorial authority for offshore islands.
Only four islands have any significant population and/or permanent buildings and structures.
- Motiti Island - a small settled island off the Bay of Plenty coast with a permanent population mostly engaged in farming.
- Moutohorā/Whale Island – an uninhabited island off the Bay of Plenty coast; the island is a Wildlife Management Reserve, jointly-managed by Ngāti Awa and the Department of Conservation through a joint-committee called Te Tapatoru a Toi.
- Tūhua/Mayor Island - a small, dormant volcanic island situated off the Bay of Plenty coast. The island is owned and managed by the Tūhua Trust Board.
- Whakaari/White Island - Uninhabited Whakaari/White Island lies 48km off the Bay of Plenty coast and is the visible tip of a mostly submerged volcano. It is New Zealand’s most active volcano. Although privately owned, White Island became a private scenic reserve in 1953, and daily tours allow people to visit the Island.
- Information about Whakaari/White Island (GeoNet website)
ContactsFor further information regarding the administration of offshore islands, please contact:
Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
Telephone: (04) 495 9353