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Te Puka-Hereka / Coal Island

Location of Te Puka-Hereka / Coal IslandThe South West New Zealand Endangered Species Charitable Trust aims to eradicate Coal Island of introduced pests and predators, and to prevent the re-invasion of stoats and deer the adjacent mainland.


To establish and fund a world class sanctuary on Te Puka-Hereka for rare and endangered native species of flora and fauna that will be jointly developed by private philanthropists, corporate and government participants.


Coal island lies in the entrance to Preservation Inlet, between Puysegur Point and Gulches Head, Fiordland National Park.


The island has an area of 1163 ha, covered largely with podocarp-broadleaf forest. There is also a 3 ha lake.

Organisations involved

The South West New Zealand Endangered Species Charitable Trust represents private, government and iwi interests.

Management history

The trust was established in 2004. Track cutting was carried out in 2005. Trapping of stoats began in 2005 and deer culling in 2006.


This is a remote part of NZ.