Māui Dolphin Conservation

The Whāingaroa catchment flows into the west coast waters which are home to the Popoto or Māui Dolphin, the smallest and rarest dolphin in the world.

ACT NOW to save Māui Dolphin

Threat Management Plan

 

It is estimated that only 63 individuals now remain from a population that in 1970 numbered over 1800.

Our community has a special affinity for this endemic and critically endangered dolphin. Māui dolphins live close to our shores and have a long and special relationship with tangata whenua.  And despite their decline they are still swimming in our coastal waters.  

We can save the World’s Rarest Dolphin!

The fate of the world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphin is in our hands.                                  If we don’t act now we could see our taonga disappear forever!

The Māui and Hector Dolphins Threat Management Plan is under review and now is our chance to speak up for Māui dolphin!  Serious action is needed to ensure we don’t lose this special species on our watch. The best way you can stand up for our native taonga is to write a submission calling for the strongest protections possible. Submissions close 4th August.

  •  Public Meeting  On Tuesday 16th of July, the Ministry for Fisheries and DOC are coming to town for a public meeting at the Town Hall from 5pm-7pm. We all need to turn up to learn more about the options being proposed, ask questions and equip ourselves with all the knowledge we can.
  • Community workshop Between 3pm -5pm on Saturday 20th July, WEC is supporting Phil McCabe to hold a workshop in the Town Hall supper room. We’ll be providing assistance and information to help you make a submission that counts. Let’s work together to to ensure the best protection for our Maui & Hectors dolphins.
  • TMP Thursdays If you can’t make the Saturday workshop, then pop into WEC anytime over the next few Thursdays (18th or 25th July or 1st August) and we can help you with your submission one-on-one.
  • DIY If you’re keen to work on a submission by yourself, check out our easy to use template:
    WEC’s Threat Management Plan submission guide
    This will take 20 minutes of your time and will make a world of difference to the fight to save our only endemic dolphin from extinction. Make a submission online here. If you really don’t have time to send a submission, take two minutes to add your name to the Greenpeace petition which is calling for the strongest protections possible for Māui dolphins or check out the Forest and Bird Zero Bycatch pledge

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It is estimated that only 63 individuals now remain from a population that in 1970 numbered over 1800.

Our community has a special affinity for this endemic and critically endangered dolphin. Māui dolphins live close to our shores and have a long and special relationship with tangata whenua.  And despite their decline they are still swimming in our coastal waters.  

 The Whāingaroa Environment Centre is working with our community and a number of other organisations  to save Māui Dolphin’s.  With your help together we CAN save the world’s rarest dolphins.  Volunteer with WEC and get involved!

We hosted a group of students, who partnered with the Department of Conservation to find out what communities can do to help save Māui Dolphins.

Check out their awesome report A Call for Action.

 

Tiki Taane and Raglan Area School want to Save Māui Dolphins!

Whāingaroa Environment Centre brought together Tiki Taane and passionate students from Raglan Area School to sing their Māui Dolphin Song.

Check it out!  “Save Māui Dolphin today, so they can swim tomorrow”.

We need you to report
Māui Dolphin sightings!

Rounded fin? Send it in!

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