Northland hapu launch fundraising campaign to buy precious island

A small Northland hapu is hoping they will be able to raise enough to money to buy an island which they consider to be part of their identity.

Ngai Tupoto have started a public fundraising campaign to buy Motukaraka Island in Hokianga, which they say is a link to their identity. Source: 1 NEWS

Motukaraka, in the Hokianga Harbour, is close to the marae of Ngai Tupoto and for the first time in 50 years it's up for sale.

It has a capital value of $85,000 and the hapu believe they are in with a chance with the help of their GoFundMe campaign.

The island fell out of Maori ownership before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.

Baileys is marketing the 14-hectare site as an affordable way into island ownership with potential tourism opportunities.

The land agent running the tender process has declined to comment, as has one of the current owners.