Date: Wednesday, 15 June 2005
Posted by: Coal Island

On Wednesday 15 June, under stunningly clear Fiordland skies, the Minister of Conservation Chris Carter visited Kisbee Lodge and Te Puka-Hereka Coal Island. Following welcomes by trustee and Kai Tahu kaumatua Stewart Bull and chairman Ian Buick, the Minister addressed the gathered trustees, supporters and media.

The Minister praised the Trust, supporters and the Department of Conservation for the partnership that has been developed and stressed the role of such partnerships in conservation within New Zealand. Before departing for Invercargill the Minister stopped briefly at Moonlight Point on Te Puka-Hereka Coal Island for a closer view of the work being undertaken by the Trust.