News and Events

There is usually an open day on the last Saturday of each month, however this can vary, Keep in touch via our Facebook page or email newsletter (free to subscribe). Note, if you have a gmail address the newsletter will go into your ‘promotions’ folder.

 Our AGM minutes and reports can be found below, and this is a friendly reminder that we value your subs! $20 for an individual; $30 for a family. Details here.

 QI-KT AGM 2017 minutes & reports + 2016 minutes reports

Quarantine Island Annual Accounts 31Mar17 Signed Copy(1).

Whenua me tuhituhi / Writing in relationship with the land – Saturday 26 August: A one-day workshop on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua facilitated by Robyn Maree Pickens and Iona Winter (Waitaha, Kāi Tahu). Boat departs Back Beach, Port Chalmers at 9.30am. Pick up also possible on the Portobello side by prior arrangement. Leaving the Island at 3.30pm. $20pp
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Open day – Saturday 26th August. The poetry participants have priority use of the Lodge, but others are welcome to come over to enjoy the Island, help with releasing or other projects in the morning, leaving Back Beach at 9.45am; or in the afternoon at 3.15 and stay overnight. Bring a packed lunch, warm clothes, sturdy footwear, $15 for the boat. A donation for the Island is always appreciated. Bookings to

Looking for a new Keeper: The role of resident Keeper on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community will soon become available! The Keeper helps us act as kaitiaki of the island, welcomes visitors and manages this special island on a day-to-day basis.  The position is initially until 3 Feb. (because we are partially dependent on  grant applications) with the possibility of renewal. Part time paid employment (20hrs p.w.) plus accommodation. Start date 2 Oct. Closing date for applications 31 Aug. Applications to

2017 Keepers Job description

2017 Keepers contract agreement (1)

You may also find it helpful to read about the QI/KT Community Council and our vision for the Island/ Statement of Management Intent on the ‘About Us’ page.


Dolphins on 28 Jan. 2017 open day: A wonderful open day on the Island recently, became even more magical when a pod of dolphins swam alongside the boat returning people to Portobello. Thanks to John McLachlan and Monarch Wildlife Cruises for giving us extra time to enjoy the dolphins! Here’s a video (Thanks to Regan Mooney).

In Dec.2016 – Jan. 2017 we have a wonderful view from the Lodge of the Little Shags nesting. Here is a video of them in a strong Southerly. (Thanks Rauhina Scot-Fyfe).

Minutes and reports of the AGM 19th June 2016 (here)

Give a gift that gives twice...Try saying that fast! The recipient gets a beautiful gift voucher for an overnight stay on the island, or boat transport to this special place, and your purchase helps us to continue to look after the Island…

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Significant past events

April 2016 – WW1 heritage-themed open day, with Professor Barbara Brookes: ‘Island of Shame’ talk

October 2015  – Art and Sustainability Hui

The Community hosted psychologist and author, Niki Harre. Niki facilitated two workshops in town, in partnership with Otago Polytechnic, on the psychology of change. Niki was also our guest at an ‘Art and Sustainability Hui ‘on the Island. Special thanks to all those who helped with organising and running these events.

Sunday 20th September 2015 –  Kotahitanga manaaki te kawa World Peace Day 2015

Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua Community were delighted to have a stall at the Peace day event, organised by Peacing Together, a not for profit group that formed in March 2015, consisting of Artists, Event Creators, Community Facilitators and students from the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. The event was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to come together celebrating our unity within diversity in Dunedin.

Saturday 29th August 2015. We participated in  Dunedin Heritage Festival’s ‘Open City’ .

Sunday 26th April 2015 Shot At Dawn 

The Quarantine Island Kamau Taurua Community, in support of elder Lyndall Hancock, decided to commemorate five New Zealand soldiers, executed in Europe following court-martial. Two of the soldiers were from Canterbury and three from Otago regiments.  (more information…)

Heritage open day 27th Sept 2014

About eight fully booked boatloads (150 people!) attended a special heritage open day on Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua recently. Visitors enjoyed exploring, picnicking, and learning a little about the history and ecology of the island… read more

Interview before it about the Island on the OARSome morning show 24 Sept 2014



July 2014

Feb 2014

Older newsletters

May 2013

QI Island July 2010 Newsletter

QI Island Sept 09 newsletter

Some articles about Island events

‘Families adventure coming to an end’ ODT 3/12/2013

‘Not quite utopia but it beats city stress’   ODT 1/3/2014


‘Six men drowned’  The Argus, Melbourne. 13/11/1928

‘Question of Dual Control’ 26/1/1918

‘Quarantine Island’ ODT 11/4/1917

‘Willochra’s men in quarantine’ Evening Post 15/5/1917

‘Quarantine Island’ ODT 4/7/1874


‘The Victory’s passengers’ ODT 9/9/1863 (over 150 years ago)

woolley workshop on the fence

Woolley workshop