To the island: A burning love

The approach seems almost like a science experiment. Galbraith once told Radio New Zealand: "If we remove the constraints, like the mammal predators, what will happen if it is just left? It's quite an interesting wait and see."

To Scarlett, the volunteer trust board were simply ignoring the local community, to which he feels well connected. Doig admits there have been no locals on the board since the death in 2011 of Tony Bouzaid and, since meetings are held in Auckland, it would be hard for any to join.

It was the first of a long list of clashes between the trust and its only employee. Scarlett said it felt like "seven years of repeating myself".