Environmental groups in Kaikōura
A number of local groups and initiatives are doing great things to protect and manage the environment in Kaikōura.
Council is proud to be working with our community to protect our wildlife and land and make sure our district’s environment has a sustainable future.
- Find out more about our district's biodiversity here.
- Check out Council's environmental programmes here.
Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura - Kaikōura Coastal Marine Guardians
Also known as the Kaikōura Coastal Marine Guardians, Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura literally means "the cloak of Te Tai o Marokura", and culturally translates to lay a cloak of guardianship over the sea around Kaikōura. Membership of Te Korowai includes Kaikōura commercial fisherman, recreational fishermen, tourism operators, members of Te Runanga o Kaikōura, and local people with an interest in our environment.
The group were established by the Kaikōura Marine Management Act 2014. They are appointed by the Ministers for Conservation and Primary Industries to advise the Ministers on any matter that affects Te Tai Marokura, and may also advise any other person or organisation that makes decisions that may affect this area.
Address: PO Box 121, Kaikōura
The Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust
The Hutton's Shearwater Charitable Trust was formed in October 2008 to encourage and promote the preservation, conservation, research, public education, and sustainable management of the endangered Hutton's Shearwater. The Trust aims to gain greater ecological understanding of the Hutton's Shearwater by facilitating research, mitigating threats, securing the two remaining mountain colonies, successfully managing the translocated Kaikōura Peninsula colony, and promoting awareness.
Post: PO Box 58, Kaikōura 7340, New Zealand
Phone: 022 FLY HOME (022 359 4663) or 021 029 26773
Banded Dotterel study South Bay
New Zealand’s Banded Dotterel population is declining and they are disappearing from many sites across NZ. They are endangered and endemic to New Zealand, and have experienced a 60% reduction in numbers in the last 5 years alone. The Banded Dotterel study at South Bay is working with our community to record, research and raise awareness of the Banded Dotterels in our district. The group is working at reversing the alarming trends in population decline and continuing to monitor breeding success at South Bay, so that Kaikōura can remain a Banded Dotterel stronghold.
They work at protecting nests with cages that allow some protection from predation and subsequently, more eggs to hatch.
Learn more about being a responsible cat owner in Kaikōura here.
Phone: 0274 363 636
Kaikōura Wildlife Rescue
Kaikōura Wildlife Rescue operates a non-profit facility dedicated to the rescue and treatment of ill and injured New Zealand birds in the South Marlborough and North Canterbury region. Kaikōura Wildlife Rescue is maintained voluntarily, under a ten year Department of Conservation Wildlife Act permit and as a member of the Wildlife Rehabilitators Network of New Zealand.
Address: 127 Mill Road, Kaikōura
Phone: 021 585 586
Trees for Travellers
Trees for Travellers is a unique project, managed by Innovative Waste Kaikōura Ltd. Their aim is simple; to increase the biodiversity of Kaikōura by encouraging people to buy a native tree, which they plant on reserves in and around Kaikōura.
By buying a tree you are helping return trees and bird life to Kaikōura and will offset a portion of greenhouse gas emissions.
Address: 80 Scarborough St, PO Box 107, Kaikōura, New Zealand
Phone: 03 319 7148
Fax: 03 319 7149
Kaikōura Ocean Research Institute (KORI)
KORI is a network of marine researchers and educators who are committed to protecting what is here in Kaikōura. Since 2012, the Kaikōura Ocean Research Institute Inc. has conducted meaningful scientific research on Kaikōura’s marine environment and the animals that live within it with the aim of increasing scientific and public understanding of local species, and the threats which face them. They believe that this combination of research and education is key to the conservation of the marine wildlife we have here in Kaikōura, some of which is already critically endangered.
They have two main animals in which their projects are based:
Forest & Bird, Kaikōura Branch
Forest & Bird NZ is an independent conservation organisation that protect's wildlife and wild paces, on land and in the sea.
They rely on support from members and supported through membership fees, regular giving, donations and bequests. Their branch committees and members coordinate and carry out restoration projects.
Key contact: Barry Dunnett
Address: Pooles Rd, RD1, Kaikōura 7371
Phone: 03 319 5086
Environment Canterbury, Kaikōura
Environment Canterbury is Canterbury's Regional Council, and works with Kaikōura District Council to manage our natural resources – water, air, and land. With specific responsibilities for air quality, coastal environments, contaminated sites, pests and biosecurity, Environment Canterbury is a vital partner in our common goal for sustainable guardianship of our environment.
The Kaikōura Water Zone Committee is a group of people in our community that are passionate about water in Kaikōura. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month to discuss current and future projects that are funded by Environment Canterbury, and hear updates on the state of the district's water. The meetings are public, so everyone is welcome. Read about projects, funding and news here, or call 03 319 5809 to find out where and when the next meeting is. Download a copy of the 2020 Progress Report here.
The Kaikōura zone is comprised of diverse ecosystems forming an area that is rich in biodiversity. The towering Kaikōura ranges are the northern and southern limits for many plant species, while the rocky coastline supports an intricate network of flora and fauna.
Address: Level 2, 96 West End, Kaikōura
Postal: PO Box 59, Kaikōura, 7340
Phone: 03 319 5781
Fax: 03 319 5809
Department of Conservation, Kaikōura
The Department of Conservation is the government agency in NZ charged with conserving New Zealand's natural and historic heritage.
Their vision is for NZ to be the greatest living space on earth and means ensuring that New Zealanders gain a wide range of benefits from healthy functioning ecosystems, recreation opportunities, and through living our history.
They have a range of volunteer opportunities available and are a great source of information about our environment.
Website: Kaikōura Office
Address: Ludstone Rd, Kaikōura
Phone: 03 319 5641
Fax: 03 319 6819
Ministry for Primary Industries-Fisheries, Kaikōura
Fisheries New Zealand works to ensure that fisheries resources are managed to provide the greatest overall benefit to New Zealanders. Our focus is the sustainability of New Zealand’s wild fish stocks, aquaculture, and the wider aquatic environment, now and for future generations.
The 2016 earthquake impacted our marine life significantly. Some earthquake-related closures remain in place to allow our marine life to replenish.
Address: 114 Beach Road, Kaikōura
Postal: PO Box 222, Kaikōura, 7340
Phone: 03 319 6570
Fax: 03 319 6568
06 December 2018