Kaitiaki of Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua
The Island ‘Community’ all live in different parts of Dunedin, or even further away (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Otatara…), with busy lives, juggling other commitments, wearing multiple ‘hats’. Some make it to the Island most months for our Community open day, others once or twice a year; some not at all these days. It’s not easy to define exactly who the ‘Quarantine Island Community’ is. However, we know many people have experienced something special about the Island and their time there. We are delighted people continue to be drawn to the Island, to help with projects, to talk, to dream, to have fun, and to consider serious issues, such as climate change. Also to those who can’t make it to the Island physically, but continue to have a special place in their heart for the Island and others in the Community, and keep in touch, or take an interest in what is going on, from afar via our email newsletter and facebook page.
Many of those in the Community share similar values about social justice, caring for people and the natural environment, and protecting our heritage. We find working together to care for and enhance the island, and just spending time there, is deeply satisfying and rejuvenating. Encouraging and modeling a sustainable, caring and cooperative society is important to us, and we particularly try to involve young people.
The governance and management group for the Community is the Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community Council. Current members are Joe Hunter (Chair), Kristen Bracey (Secretary), Beryl Maultby (Treasurer), Jim Fyfe, Lyndall Hancock, Noel Johnston, Patsy Mason, Hugh Forsyth, Robyn Urquart, and Becca Vella-King, plus our Keeper, Phil Perrow. Our draft ‘Statement of Management Intent’ for the Island, and our ‘Rules’, can be found here:
We build on the work and vision of many people who have gone before us, including our founding body, the St Martin Island Community. We officially changed our name in 2015. The long standing name of the community ‘St Martin’ lives on in the renamed ‘St Martin Lodge’.