Kawau Island is an island of exceptional beauty and historic significance, and lies approximately 14 kms east of the North Island town of Warkworth and approximately 5 kms from the coastal settlements of Snells Beach, Algies Bay and Martins Bay.
There are around 60 permanent residents (and growing) and several hundred residential sections, many with holiday homes. During the year, and especially over the summer months, the island population swells by many thousands of day visitors, overseas tourists and holiday makers. An extensive infrastructure of ferries and water taxis conveys visitors to the island day and night, every day of the year.
Kawau Island is a very popular destination for groups of schoolchildren, many of whom stay for extended periods at Camp Bentzon in North Cove Harbour.
For decades Kawau Island has also been an extremely popular destination for boaties, as its numerous harbours and coves offer safe refuge from the weather, and the beaches and bush walks are amongst the best in New Zealand.
At present there are five bays on the island with a first response capability in case of medical trauma, fire or a Civil Defence scenario. Several residents have worked very hard to establish the present resources, and to date there have been quite a number of incidents where the first response capability has proved invaluable. The problem is that we need more initial response equipment, that present, and future, situations will demand. The purpose of establishing the Kawau Emergency Response Trust is to address these very pressing needs.