Originally Posted by nonam
Raoul Island is another that is off limits now.I dont believe visiting yachties ever did any damage to that island.
Probably only because they have had little chance to do so.
As well as the places you mention Kapiti Island right outside my window is limited to 40 visitors with permits per day, and for a few others around here landing is generally prohibited.
But they and the others you mention are all wildlife sanctuaries for threatened native species, they are not public or national parks. Most have had all non indigenous predators such as members of the weasel family
and rats (which prey on native species of birds and the tuataras) exterminated (as is the case on Kapiti). The likes of Stephens, The Brothers and Trios Islands around my own neck of the woods are important refuges for tuatara.
Free access to these places would place their protected sanctuary status at risk. Of course, some may consider it more important for cruisers to be able to visit these very few places without permits than the protection of the islands' pest free status but that is never going to happen. There are plenty of other places to visit.
You cannot be a New Zealander or a resident here because it would be most unusual for a NZ'er or resident to be making the claims that you are making on our behalf.