The southernmost of New Zealand’s three main islands has a population of around 400.
Around 85 percent of Stewart Island is protected national park and the island has just 28 kilometres of road compared and around 280 kilometres of walking tracks.
Tourism and fishing are the biggest economic contributors for the area.
Council representation and facilities in Rakiura are listed below.
The chair of the Stewart Island/Rakiura Community Board is:
14A Whipp Place
Stewart Island 9846
(03) 219 1449
Other members of the Stewart Island/Rakiura Community Board are: Dale Chittenden, Aaron Conner, Greg Everest, Anita Geeson, Steve Lawrence and Cr Bruce Ford (Council representative).
The Stewart Island dog map displays where dogs are allowed, where they need a lead and where they are prohibited.
About 440 consumers are connected to Stewart Island's electricity supply, which is owned and managed by Stewart Island Electrical Supply Authority (SIESA).
SIESA's network is powered by five diesel generators at a central power station and the power is delivered by 30km of overhead lines, 10km of underground cables and 35 distribution transformers.
SIESA is also investigating the possibility of alternative power generation through renewable resources such as wind and solar, with wind turbines and solar panels installed on the island last year in a trial. Right House, a subsidiary of Meridian Energy, and SIESA are partners in this trial.
The Rakiura Resource Recovery Centre and waste collection on the island are also managed by SIESA.
Visit the SIESA website (external link)