Great Barrier Island
9:01 AM. For the small permanent population, life can be very demanding particularly over the winter. But in the summer the island is an increasingly popular holiday destination and now more property than ever is owned by people who don't live there.
9:02 AM. Most of Great Barrier Island's twenty eight thousand hectares is owned by DOC. The island is home to fewer than a thousand people, many of whom struggle to find worthwhile work there. David Steemson's been talking to locals about what can be done to improve employment prospects.
9:03 AM. Great Barrier Island is home to fewer than a thousand people, many of whom struggle to find worthwhile work there. Marine farming could provide jobs for islanders, and the government is considering opening up harbours round the country to new aquaculture operations. David Steemson has been finding out what local "Great Barrier-ites" think.
9:04 AM. The sparsely populated landscape of rugged hills and beautiful beaches of Great Barrier Island is a draw card for tourists looking for a bit of a wilderness experience. Some locals think ecotourism is the way to go. David Steemson meets one islander who's already working on it.