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Written by Keri Molloy, The Bay Chronicle   
Saturday, 30 August 2008

FOR SALE: Part of iconic Roberton Island, arrowed, is available for sale and every effort is being made to get DOC to pick up this "once in a lifetime" opportunity to purchase a part of one of New Zealand's most photographed islands into the conservation estate. The 6.6 acre property for sale is called Snapper Rock.

Conservationists in the Bay of Islands are mobilising to see private land at Roberton Island secured for the conservation estate.

Notice of a mortgagee sale caused Eastern Bay of Islands Preservation Society chairman Bryn Jamieson to set the ball rolling.

The property to be auctioned is one of five private properties on the western end of Roberton Island, also known as Motuarohia Island.

Mr Jamieson says a further property owned by the same party may also be available for sale shortly and he has urged the Department of Conservation to investigate buying this and the other properties on Roberton, should they be available.

Bay of Islands area manager Rolien Elliot was quick to act this week.

"We'll be looking at whether they stack up against criteria to qualify for funding from the Nature Heritage Fund administered by the department. We are hoping they will. This is an opportunity for a significant piece of land to come back into public ownership. It will depend on its uniqueness. We will know within the next week", she says.

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