WWF-NEW ZEALAND

Building a future in which people live in harmony with nature.

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AUCTION

The Whale Tales auction will raise vital funds for WWF-New Zealand.

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WWF-New Zealand’s vision is to build a future where all people live in harmony with nature. In Aotearoa, our work focuses on protecting and restoring the mauri (life-force) of our ocean, combating climate change, supporting environmental innovation, and conserving and protecting New Zealand wildlife.

In the Hauraki Gulf, overfishing, plastic pollution, and impacts from climate change are threatening our marine taonga — including Bryde’s whales. With only some 135 left, these magnificent whales are at risk of disappearing from our waters forever.

In collaboration with mana whenua and local communities, we’re working to help restore the waters that Bryde’s whales need to survive and thrive. Your gift right now could help:

  • Restore our waterways through community-led plantings. Planting natives along waterways helps prevent pollution and sediment from flowing into the Gulf and smothering nurseries for juvenile fish. This means cleaner water for Bryde’s whales and more fish for them to eat!
  • Provide habitat for marine species through kelp regeneration projects. Restoring our kelp forests provides vital habitat for fish and many other species and improves the health of the entire ecosystem.
  • Fund the development of marine protected areas. Marine protection is crucial to give habitats, fish stocks, and Bryde’s whales a chance to recover and thrive, and build resilience to climate change.

For more information on these environmental science projects, click here. 

Together, we can restore the wonder of the Gulf so that future generations can enjoy these amazing whales for years to come.

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The Stats

0.4%

Less than 1% of our ocean is fully protected, compared with over 30% of our land.

65,000

The estimated number of species that call Aotearoa’s ocean home. Around 80% of our indigenous biodiversity is found in the ocean!

 

200,000 tons

The amount of carbon drawn out of the atmosphere each year by sperm whales in the Southern Ocean.

OUR PRIORITY ISSUES, PLACES, AND SPECIES

PROTECTING OUR OCEAN

Our current laws fully protect only 0.1% of our coastal and marine area. This is not enough. Protecting our ocean is more than just conservation  –  it is about preserving a lived connection shared by all. We need an effective network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to ensure a healthy, thriving moana for future generations.

TAKING CLIMATE ACTION

Our climate is changing fast, and threatening the people, animals and places we love. We work with all kinds of New Zealanders – from communities and people, to businesses and industries, to faith groups and trade unions – to show that it’s possible for Aotearoa to forge a just, fair pathway to a 100% renewable energy future, with net zero carbon pollution.

OUR VULNERABLE SPECIES

We envision a future where all New Zealand’s native species thrive throughout their natural range. We campaign for action to protect our endangered animals – like whales, sea lions, dolphins and seabirds.

SUPPORTING COMMUNITY CONSERVATION

We are committed to working with local and indigineous communities to reverse the threats faced by our incredible natural environment, like habitat loss and degradation driven by urban development.

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Help support WWF’s work to restore and protect our moana (ocean).

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