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Matiu/Somes Island Charitable Trust (MSICT)
Matiu/Somes Island Charitable Trust (MSICT) was established as a partnership between tangata whenua and the wider community to protect, nurture and enhance the island by raising funds for projects that increased its biodiversity and enhanced visitors’ enjoyment of the island.
MSICT encourages community participation in its work on the island. It also works closely with the Department of Conservation (DOC) and community groups like Forest and Bird, and the Eastbourne Forest Rangers. Restoration projects that have already been undertaken on the island, including the translocation of red-crowned parakeets and North Island Robins, have been supported by the wider community and Te Atiawa.
MSICT is committed to restoring the mana of Matiu/Somes and making it a showplace the region can be proud of; not only for its ecological and historic values, but also for its practical demonstration of what a genuine partnership can achieve