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 19th August.

  • Email: To make sure your voice is hear, we recommend emailing your submission directly to DOC: dolphintmp@doc.govt.nz. Check out our community created TMP Submission Guide for some recommended wording to include in your submission.
    • TMP Thursdays: pop into WEC anytime over the next few Thursdays (25th July or 1st August) and we can help you with your submission one-on-one.
    •  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!

    Become involved or donate today!

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