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Other Coastlines - Newly Created Parks
Written by Wayne Thompson, New Zealand Herald   
Tuesday, 24 April 2007

The island was bought by Dominion Breweries founder Sir Henry Kelliher in 1938 and is now managed by a trust.

Aucklanders will get a new public park and an island volcano will be restored as part of a deal for the disposal of treated waste from Auckland's major wastewater treatment plant.

Watercare Services has entered into an agreement with the Kelliher Charitable Trust that will see the quarried part of Puketutu Island in the Manukau Harbour rehabilitated with treated biosolids from its nearby Mangere plant.

Subject to a successful application for resource consents, the solid byproduct of the wastewater treatment process will be carted over the causeway to the island.

In return, Watercare has agreed to pay the trust $25 million for a long-term lease.

Under the agreement, parts of the island, which is private property, will be open to the public within three to six months of obtaining resource consents.

The long-term ownership of the island will ultimately pass to either the Auckland Regional Council for use as a regional park or to a charitable trust set up for that purpose, similar to the one that runs Cornwall Park.

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