New Zealand’s critically endangered Māui dolphin is on the brink of extinction. Their close relations - Hector's dolphins - aren't doing much better, and are on the international list of endangered species. These tiny dolphins are found only in New Zealand coastal waters and are under threat from commercial fishing, oil exploration and disease. We can protect them, but we have to act now and we have to act fast. Scroll down to find out what you can do to save our native wildlife from the risks they face.
The Government released the updated Threat Management Plan (TMP) for our endangered dolphins in June 2020. Many of the measures suggested are things we asked for, but there’s more to do.
Part of the TMP proposes increases to five marine sanctuaries. If this goes through, and without the threats of risky fishing methods, oil exploration and seabed mining, these dolphins could thrive. Make a submission on the proposed increases, and help us get the protection these dolphins deserve.Make a submission