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Research affirms this need, showing that 75 percent of Aucklanders’ recreation is informal – biking, walking and enjoying beaches – with only 25 percent involved in organised sport. The island was sold by Ngati Tamatera in 1840 to settlers John Logan Campbell and William Brown.
Since then it has had a succession of owners, culminating in the purchase in 1955 by former mayor and brewing magnate Sir Ernest Davis. Davis gifted the island to the Mayor, Councillors and people of Auckland in 1955.
The island has been managed for the city by the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park Board and the Department of Conservation, but from 2 February 2018, Auckland Council will resume management. A group of volunteers is being formed to assist in ecological restoration of the island.