New Zealand's native dolphins are among the rarest in the world. Hector's dolphins are found in the waters around the South Island. They number some 15,000 and are classified as nationally vulnerable. Māui dolphins are found on the West Coast of the North Island. There are only around 63 of them left. They are classified as nationally critical and face a real threat of extinction. These mammals are precious taonga and we need to act now to ensure they have the best chance for long-term survival. The proposals in this consultation document draw on the latest data and expertise and give us the best picture yet of the risks to these dolphins. This information tells us that there is a range of humaninduced threats to these dolphins, including fishing, the disease toxoplasmosis and mining activities. We believe we have an opportunity to make a real difference by taking action to reduce these threats. Some of the options in this paper may have an impact on people's livelihoods. Your feedback will help us understand these impacts as well as the risks and opportunities associated with each option. We encourage you to make your voice heard.
Protecting Hector’s and Māui Dolphins
Jun 1, 2019