A new wildlife sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf has been established by Auckland Zoo on Rotoroa Island which is to become a home for endangered species.
Zoo director Jonathan Wilcken said it's the first time the zoo has been a part of a restoration project from the beginning.
He expects the island to have a wealth of New Zealand endangered species in five years.
Mr Wilcken said the zoo plans to include an education programme so schools can have a direct part in the island's restoration.
Rotoroa Island, which is owned by the Salvation Army, used to be home to a rehabilitation centre for alcoholics and drug users.