Our beloved Hauraki Gulf is hurting and needs your help. Here are some of the many ways you can get involved today!
Experiencing Marine Reserves
Learn about marine conservation by getting wet
Join a nature group
Join one of more than 100 groups looking after nature around the Gulf
Become a Marine Mammal Medic
Conservation Volunteers New Zealand
Conservation volunteers can get involved by planting and caring for native trees, eradicating pests and weeds, protecting threatened species, and helping to make our natural spaces accessible to everyone.
Get involved with coastal clean-up events, educational programmes, public awareness campaigns, and riparian planting projects.
Report illegal fishing activity to firstname.lastname@example.org 0800 4 POACHER
Record and learn about our birds
Join your local branch to find out about Seabirds and Shorebirds in your area.
Volunteer to remove rubbish from our marine environment
How to Kit
Create a Marine Reserve
An environmental education programme for schools and communities focusing on the health of our streams, rivers and wetlands
Pollution prevention hotline Waikato
You can report pollution 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 800 401. Ask for an incident number and follow it up. If youre not happy with the response let a local politician know.
Pollution prevention hotline Auckland
You can report pollution 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 09 377 3107. Ask for an incident number and follow it up. If you’re not happy with the response let a local politician know.
Make observations of nature
Record what you see in the Hauraki Gulf, meet other nature watchers, and learn about the natural world.
NZ Water Citizens
Measure the health of your local stream
Mussel Reef Restoration
Restore the historic mussel beds so that they can filter the water as they used to, help clean up the Hauraki Gulf and enable the fish stocks and other ecology to recover.
Learn to read your beach
Find out what has been visiting your beach by learning to read the footprints in the sand. Report interesting finds on iNaturalist for ecologists.
Report sick, injured or dead wildlife
1–2 animals: call the DOC emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468). 3 or more animals: call the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) pest and disease hotline 0800 80 99 66. Whale or dolphin strandings: call the DOC emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).
Marine Metre Squared
Get involved in the long-term monitoring of your seashore.
New Zealand’s dedicated programme for connecting local waterway restoration projects with large scale funding and resources.
Young Ocean Explorers
Learn about the ocean