March for Maui's Dolphins- at John Key's electoral office Kumeu- 10am sharp, this Sunday l3 July
After successful marches around the country, Maui’s dolphin campaigners continue their pressure on the Government with a march to John Key’s electorate office in Kumeu on Sunday 13 July at 10am
Marchers to take Maui's to Prime Minister on Sunday
Maui's & Hector's Dolphins Defenders NZ
After successful marches around the country, Maui’s dolphin campaigners continue their pressure on the Government with a march to John Key’s electorate office in Kumeu on Sunday 13 July at 10am, leaving from the Kumeu Arts Centre at 10.30, 300 Main Road Kumeu.
Organisers say the catalyst for this is to call for action from the government to save the rarest "and loveliest" of dolphins. Christine Rose, Chair of Maui’s & Hector’s Dolphins Education/Action says "New Zealanders, and especially coastal communities, love Maui’s dolphins."
"Set nets cause about 95% of Maui’s deaths caused by humans". But Mrs Rose says "those nets remain in most of the dolphin habitat". "Now the Maui’s - and their coastal home, face added threats such as new oil and gas mining".
"The Government also recently reintroduced ring nets into the Manukau Harbour, known Maui’s habitat, layering threat upon threat’. "Almost everyone wants Maui’s dolphins saved" says Mrs Rose, "from school kids to scientists, and everyone in between, here, and overseas, right up to esteemed biologist Jane Goodall". "Maui’s dolphins can’t handle a single human induced death if they are to survive. The Marine Mammal Sanctuary should actually provide sanctuary - not be open to fishing and mining" she says. "The march this Sunday is part of a rolling campaign, part of a wider movement, involving other NGOs and concerned citizens, "and this is a reminder that we will not give up". Speakers include Riley Hathaway, child presenter of ‘Young Ocean Explorers’ from TV’s What Now programme, Phil McCabe from Kiwis Against Seabed Mining, and representatives from NGOs and political parties.
"We know this is an issue of widespread importance to New Zealanders across the political spectrum and that public opinion is on the side of the wee dolphins". "But it’s especially important to West Coasters. For us seeing Maui’s has become almost mythical and a few have been lucky enough to surf or swim with them." Rose says there have been several sightings of Maui’s dolphins off Muriwai as late as May this year.