The Trust

The South West New Zealand Endangered Species Charitable Trust was established in 2004. Members of the trust represent private, government and iwi interests. The trust has a close working relationship with the Department of Conservation.

Mission Statement

To establish and fund a world class sanctuary on Te Puka-Hereka for rare and endangered native species of flora and fauna that will be jointly developed by private philanthropists, corporate and government participants.


  • to clear Coal Island of introduced pests and predators
  • to prevent the re-invasion of a permanent stoat and deer population
  • to introduce a suitable range of rare and endangered native birds, plants and wildlife

Te Puka-Hereka/Coal Island

Te Puka-Hereka, translated means “The Tied Anchor”, and is commonly known as Coal Island.

Situated in Fiordland National Park, Coal Island (1163 ha) lies in the entrance to Preservation Inlet, between Puysegur Point and Gulches Head.


  • Sir Tim Wallis


  • Ian Buick- Trustee & orginal member
  • Megan Willians- Trustee
  • Ray Willett- Trustee & orginal member
  • Lindsay Wilson - DOC Representative
  • Stuart Bull - Iwi Representative - Trustee & orginal member
  • Ali King - Chairman, Trustee
  • Dale Green- Trustee
  • Vacancy - Adminstrator
  • Mark Russell- co opted