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.


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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