The Minister of Local Government is the territorial authority for a number of offshore islands that are not included in the boundaries of an established local authority (see section 22 of the Local Government Act 2002). The Department of Internal Affairs provides administration on behalf of the Minister of Local Government.
The majority of offshore islands are located in the Bay of Plenty. The only island with a permanent population is Motiti Island. The other offshore islands with regular visitors include Tūhua/Mayor Island, Whakaari/White Island and Moutohorā/Whale Island.
You can find out more information about the offshore islands from the Department of Internal Affairs website at Offshore Islands.
Left to right: Motiti Island - Whakaari/White Island - Tūhua/Mayor Island - Moutohorā/Whale Island