230 hectares of Department of Conservation (DOC) land within the Ecosanctuary are gazetted as nature reserve. The Otago Natural History Trust has been appointed by the Minister of Conservation to control and manage the nature reserve. The Ecosanctuary has close research, management and and advocacy relationships with Otago Conservancy.
A Memorandum of Understanding outlines the relationship between the Otago Natural History Trust and the University of Otago. The MOU seeks to facilitate the sharing of research and advocacy opportunities and the dissemination of information.
Mana whenua is exercised over the Orokonui area by Kati Hiurapa Runaka ki Puketeraki, who have gifted the name Te Korowai o Mihiwaka to the Ecosanctuary. This honours the work being done here on the slopes of Mihiwaka in restoring the living forest cloak of Tāne (the ancient god of the forest) to protect his children - the birds, lizards and insects.
The ONHT has undertaken to ensure that Te Reo, kawa and tikanga of Puketeraki marae and its hapu are an inherent part of the Ecosanctuary and its operations.
A Memorandum of Understanding sets out the intentions of the ONHT and the Otago Museum to further the common interests of the two organisations.
The ONHT and Natural History New Zealand have established a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the sharing of resources to further the advocacy of nature conservation in New Zealand.
The Southern Trust is a key partner having contributed to both the pest exclusion fence and three key staff salaries for one year.
The NZ Lottery Grants Boards is the primary funder of the Visitor and Education Centre.
|Marie and Graeme Bennett||Alexander McMillan Trust||Dunedin City Council|
|Otago Community Trust||Caversham Foundation||Biodiversity Funds|
|Ministry of Education||Otago Daily Times||Community Environment Fund|
|Ministry of Tourism||The Friends of NZ Trust||Power Farming Otago|
|Callis Charitble Trust||AAW Jones Charitable Trust||City Forests|
|WWF - New Zealand||Rotary Club of Dunedin||Naylor Love Ltd.|
|Cooke Howlison||Community Conservation Fund||Dunedin Forest and Bird|
|NHNZ||Blackhead Quarries Ltd.||Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority|
|Hope and Sons||Dunedin Forest and Bird||Myth|
|Placemakers||The Royal Society of NZ||Motor Trade Finance|
|RG & B Calvert Trust||Ironmaster Trust||Assisi Charitable Trust|
|Ryman Healthcare||MTF||Trusts Charitable Foundation|
|Blueskin Nurseries||Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust||Topflite|
|Rotary South||Sargood Bequest||COGs|
|Port Otago||Farra Engineering||Rogers Law|
|Fund Managers Otago||WHK||Wildland Consultants|
|Signal Hill Flats||Shacklock Charitable Trust||Foodstuffs Charitable Trust|
|Robert C Bruce Trust||Bendigo Valley Trust||John Swan|
|Mercy Hospital||Gallaway Cook Allan||Amenities Society|