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.

Te Runanga o Kaikoura Ltd

Te Tau Wairehu o Marokura Predator Control Project 

Te Tau Wairehu o Marokura predator control project is dedicated to restoring the gift of Marokura and the balance of life.  They use trapping methods to suppress predation on our local Taonga species (Birds/Plants) and do so following Maori practices. Mauri Ora.

They work closely with their Treaty Partners, Community Restoration Groups, Landowners and engage with the local Kaikōura & Marlborough communities which has and will continue to help this project succeed.

Their focus is on establishing a 130km coastal trap line from Awatere to the Ōaro Rivers, with intensive trapping mechanisms (DOC200 or KATSA2) in predator hot spot areas and the kick start to a long-lasting pest management plan to protect our native taonga species.


Contact them:

Address: Te Whare Haumanu, 2/78 Beach Road, Kaikōura 

Phone: 03 319 3383

Email: rawinia.thomas@ngaitahu.iwi.nz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Te-Tau-Wairehu-o-Marokura-predator-control-project-110188164766615

DOC website: https://www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/jobs-for-nature--mahi-mo-te-taiao/projects-funded-by-jobs-for-nature/

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.

Contact them:

Website: www.teamkorowai.org.nz/

Address: PO Box 121, Kaikōura

Email: teamkorowai@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TKoTToM/

DOC website: www.doc.govt.nz/about-us/statutory-and-advisory-bodies/kaikoura-marine-guardians/

View the Kaikōura Marine Management Bill here.


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.

Contact them:

Website: www.huttonsshearwater.org.nz/

Post: PO Box 58, Kaikōura 7340, New Zealand

Phone: 022 FLY HOME (022 359 4663) or 021 029 26773

Email: admin@huttonsshearwater.org.nz 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HuttonsShearwater/

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.

Contact them:

Phone: 0274 363 636

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BandeddotterelstudySBay/

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. 

Contact them:

Website: www.treesfortravellers.co.nz/

Address: 80 Scarborough St, PO Box 107, Kaikōura, New Zealand

Phone: 03 319 7148

Fax: 03 319 7149

Email: info@treesfortravellers.co.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Trees-For-Travellers

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:

Contact them:

Website: kori.org.nz/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/kaikourakori/

Donate: kori.org.nz/donate-to-kori/


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. 

Contact them:

Website: www.forestandbird.org.nz/branches/kaikoura

Key contact: Barry Dunnett

Address: Pooles Rd, RD1, Kaikōura 7371

Phone: 03 319 5086

Email: kaikoura.branch@forestandbird.org.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/forestandbird/ 

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.

Kaikōura Water Zone Committee

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.

Kaikōura Zone biodiversity 

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.

 Contact them:

Website: www.ecan.govt.nz/

Address: Level 2, 96 West End, Kaikōura

Postal: PO Box 59, Kaikōura, 7340

Phone: 03 319 5781

Fax: 03 319 5809

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EnvironmentCanterbury

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.  

Contact them:

Website: www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/marlborough/places/kaikoura-area/

Website: Kaikōura Office

Address: Ludstone Rd, Kaikōura

Phone: 03 319 5641

Fax: 03 319 6819

Email: info@kaikoura.co.nz

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/docgovtnz/ 

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.

Find out more about the closures here.

Contact them:

Website: www.fisheries.govt.nz/fisheriesnz/

Address: 114 Beach Road, Kaikōura

Postal: PO Box 222, Kaikōura, 7340

Phone: 03 319 6570

Fax: 03 319 6568

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MPIFisheriesNelsonMarlboroughKaikoura/


06 December 2018