Many thanks to our sponsors!

Black Cat Cruises buy the Trust a new outboard motor

Black Cat Cruises in Akaroa celebrated their 30th Birthday on 26 October 2015. They decided to give a present, rather than receiving one. The New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust was the lucky recipient of the present – a brand new outboard.


Here are Trustees Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson trying out the new outboard on the day after  receiving it. Steve and Liz are both Professors at Otago University, and Trustees of the NZ Whale and Dolphin Trust. By coincidence, they  started research on Hector’s dolphins in the same year that Black Cat Cruises started their dolphin watching trips from Akaroa. Many thanks, Black Cat!

Whale Watch Kaikoura fund a 3 year study of sperm whales

Whale Watch Kaikoura is sponsoring a three year research programme to study the submarine canyon of Kaikōura.

The submarine canyon of Kaikōura, is an enormously productive deep-sea habitat, and serves as an important feeding ground for male sperm whales which are found there year-round. A better understanding of the ecology of sperm whales at Kaikōura will help Whale Watch Kaikoura in the protection of this unique marine ecosystem and the population of sperm whales it supports. Sperm whales have become an iconic symbol of Kaikōura. A healthy future for the sperm whales is an interest shared by Whale Watch and the NZ Whale and Dolphin Trust.


Wools NZ supports Hector’s dolphin research

Wools NZ is providing regular sponsorship for the NZ Whale and Dolphin Trust’s research on Hector’s dolphin. Wools NZ make Blazer fabric, using Laneve wool grown on Banks Peninsula. A percentage of the sale price of every metre of Blazer fabric goes to fund the Hector’s dolphin research at Banks Peninsula – where the lambs look after the dolphins!

NABU International

NABU International has provided support for Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin research for many years. Their most recent sponsorship was of a powerful computer, which will be very useful for photographic identification of individual dolphins as well as computer intensive analyses of the effectiveness of current protection for Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins. NABU have also provided the Trust with many PODs (porpoise detectors). These acoustic data loggers have been used to study Maui’s dolphin use of North Island harbours. This research led directly to an extension of dolphin protection further into the harbours. NABU have been not only a sponsor, but also an important conservation ally. Thanks!


Hiking NZ

Hiking New Zealand has supported the Whale and Dolphin Trust for many years. Getting people out into the wilderness, to learn, be inspired, have fun and to foster greater environmental awareness are the founding objectives of Hiking NZ. The company has donated a proportion of each traveller’s fees, adding to more than $70,000 over the last 20 years. Thank you Hiking NZ!


We are looking for more sponsors:

We are  looking for sponsorship for a vehicle. The Trust’s well-loved Toyota HiLux “Red Fred” has given sterling service (20 years; 320,000 km). But getting a new “warrant of fitness” every six months finally proved too much of a hurdle. We now need to buy another vehicle, suitable for towing a small boat. A four-wheel drive ute would be perfect.

Small donations are also very welcome!

Smaller amounts will help us to pay for fuel for fieldwork, outboard maintenance and other maintenance and repair costs. The Trust does not have paid employees, so you can rest assured that every cent you donate will be used for research and conservation.