Hector's and Maui's campaign
The WWF campaign to save Hector's and Maui's dolphins
Working with communities and schools
Because Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins are such an engaging topic for students, WWF-New Zealand offers curriculum-linked resources for teachers and their students. The aim is to support schools as they engage with their communities to address issues surrounding Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins in their local area.
Find out about how we support schools.
Working with young New Zealanders
The short film, Take Action for Maui’s, by students of Te Huruhi Primary School and WWF-New Zealand shows how inspired children are by the idea of conservation.
Massey University graduate Julie Holmes produced a short animation film telling the story of Maui's dolphins plight, voiced by young New Zealanders. Click here to watch the Maui's dolphin animation film.
You too can get involved in WWF-New Zealand’s campaign to save Maui’s dolphin in several ways:
Become informed - check out our Hector’s and Maui’s factsheets
- Visit WWF's Stop their Extinction campaign site and send an e-card to the Ministers of Fisheries and Conservation asking them for full protection for Maui’s dolphins.
- Support our work: donate money or Adopt a dolphin
- Find out more about WWF-New Zealand’s dolphin education programme.
After more than 20 years of research, we know much more about Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins than most other dolphin species. As at March 2008, for Hector’s and Maui’s, there were:
- 77 peer reviewed published papers in scientific journals
- 13 Masters theses
- 9 Doctorate theses
- 43 departmental reports
- 8 unpublished papers
- 7 sections in books
WWF-New Zealand has supported a range of research, including:
- Population surveys of Akaroa dolphin populations
- Auckland University research using genetics to obtain an estimate of population size and alongshore distribution
- Studies on distribution of Maui’s dolphins to determine how far offshore they go, and to assess the overlap between dolphin habitat and current trawl fishing grounds
- A public sightings network to gather information to help us learn more about the distribution and behaviour of Maui’s dolphins - where they go, how far offshore they move, to what extent they use west coast harbours and how far north and south they move. Data generated by public reported sightings is a very important tool to help answer those questions. And we encourage the Government to consider sightings information and research findings when making decisions
- Financial support for a range of community-initiated events and actions, including the Raglan Maui's Dolphin Day and the Mountains to Sea/Ki Uta ki Tai surf and skate event in Auckland.
Working with Government
WWF calls for the Minister for Primary Industries (which includes fisheries) and Minister of Conservation to manage the dolphins so their survival is ensured for future generations. Actions that WWF-New Zealand is asking the Government to take include:
- regulating fishing to achieve zero by-catch of Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins
- implementing an action plan that will lead to the recovery of the dolphins and addresses threats beyond fishing
- investing in research that will contribute to improved management of the species
Help ensure the dolphins’ survival
WWF at work
Learn more about WWF's dolphin conservation work.
The Trust’s long-term goal is:
"To enhance the current knowledge of the ecology, distribution and conservation of New Zealand's whales and dolphins and help ensure informed, science-based management decisions".
They also have a facebook page.
Its objectives are to raise public awareness of current mining proposals which could affect the habitat of Maui’s dolphins.
KASM wants to ensure current and future governments stop considering these and any future seabed mining operations.
KASM describe themselves as a non-political, non-profit organisation, funded by subscriptions and local donations whose opinions reflect wider public sentiment.