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Rotoroa Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf is no longer an ‘island apart’.

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Rotoroa island today (All photos courtesy Barrie Brown, Chairman Rotoroa island  Trust)

For a hundred years it was off-limits to the public, as the Salvation Army’s alcohol and drug treatment centre. Now, after a 30-million dollar take-over and makeover, the island’s wide open to visitors.

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Home bay today. Old  school house  beside new exhibniton centre

All the money’s come from the pockets of a very shy philanthropic couple, Neal and Annette Plowman. David Steemson takes a boat trip to Rotoroa and talks to Phil and Ginette Salisbury who now manage the island, and to Barrie Brown who chairs the Rotoroa Island Trust.

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Chris Booth Sculpture at southern end of Rotoroa