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Written by The Bay Chronicle,   
Thursday, 30 July 2009

LEASE SIGNED AT LAST: Those who made it happen, from left: Bob Bubendorfer, Dave White, Kerry Walshe, Inge Bremer, Rolf Mueller-Glodde, Liz Vickerstaff, Ruth Grant, Jill Smith, Hugh Rihari, Howard Smith and Terry Quinlan. Absent: Laurie Samson, Detlef Davies and Raewyn Rihari.

People power and negotiation have borne fruit for Aroha Island with a lease signed and public access assured.

Signatories are the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, owners of the Kerikeri Inlet gem, and the Aroha Island Charitable Trust.

The Aroha trust was set up as a community volunteer group to preserve the property.

The QEII trust decided in 2006 to divest itself of loss generating properties and announced its intention to manage the island on a lease basis.

The announcement created an outcry within the district.

At issue was how Aroha’s unique features were going to be preserved and whether road access would be available.

In 2007 a committee was formed to submit a tender to manage the island on behalf of the community.

The committee had two weeks to meet the tender deadline and a custodial/security agreement was signed.

Establishing an outdoor education programme for schools and tertiary centres and developing the information centre are priorities.

The Aroha trust was formed and it entered into 18 months of negotiations with the QEII.

The lease has now been signed, giving the Aroha trust a five-year lease with three five- year rights of renewal.

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