Labour and National fail environmental test

November 5, 2008

Environmentalists from two major New Zealand environmental groups surveyed political party policies regarding New Zealand’s environment, but the two biggest parties in Parliament failed the test.


“A Labour-led government may do more for the environment than a National-led one, but, judging by their commitments, the main parties will need the influence of the Maori Party and the Greens if they are to make real progress.”


“We asked the political parties to commit to 25 policies that would tackle climate change, clean up New Zealand’s rivers, save our oceans, protect natural heritage and exercise environmental leadership.  Both major parties refused to make clear commitments.”


This table summarises the results with a total score (out of 20) for each party under each of the goals. The overall rating represents the percentage of Vote for the Environment policies that the parties commit to implement.

This table summarises the results with a total score (out of 20) for each party under each of the goals. The overall rating represents the percentage of Vote for the Environment policies that the parties commit to implement.

“We were surprised by how poorly both the two major parties scored.  Neither of them showed the kind of commitment needed to keep New Zealand clean and green.”


Each of the eight main Parliamentary political parties were asked to confirm commit to the 25 environmental policies with a yes or no and were given space to clarify their answers.  Of the seven political parties that responded, only National and Labour refused to answer “ye’ or “no.” 


“National scored abysmally.  They refused to sign up to any of the policies, but they picked up 27% for making some small steps in the right direction.  Worryingly, along with United Future, they had the worst response of any party on responding to climate change (4/20) and had the weakest approach of any party to cleaning up New Zealand’s freshwater (2/20). ACT refused to even respond.


“Labour also refused to commit fully  to any of the policies, but their comments on the survey showed they are willing to do more than National for the environment.  They scored 45% overall.  Their strongest commitments were in saving our oceans (12/20) and saving New Zealand’s natural heritage (12/20). Labour made few commitments to clean up New Zealand’s freshwater (5/20) or to show environmental leadership (5/20)”


“United Future gained 53%, scoring well on cleaning up New Zealand’s freshwater, but did very badly on tackling climate change (4/20) and protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage (3/20).”


“Jim Anderton’s Progressives scored 60%.  Their strongest commitments were on saving the oceans (14/20), protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage (17/20)  and environmental leadership (14/20) ”


“New Zealand First and the Maori Party scored far better than expected given their voting record in Parliament, where both parties have opposed environmental legislation.  New Zealand First gained 76% and the Maori Party gained 87%.  Both parties scored well on environmental leadership and the Maori Party scored the best of any party on cleaning up New Zealand’s water ways.”


“The Greens scored the best of any political party and were the only party to score 20/20 for tackling climate change”

The overall results of our survey were:

 Information on the survey can be downloaded at: <>

The voting record of political parties over the last 3 years can read here at:

For information on the issues and policies that we used in our survey read: <>  

Vote for the Environment is supported by Greenpeace and ECO.  It is registered as a third party under the Electoral Finance Act 2007.

The response from each party that did respond can also be found on the <>   website

For further information contact Cath Wallace on 04-463-5713(w) or 04-970-8696 (H).


Hector’s dolphin info

October 7, 2008

Enjoy this Hectors presentation, it goes over the basic biology, conservation issues and introduces you to some of our other dolphin species living off our coasts.

Musicians of Aotearoa unite to save our nation’s dolphins.

June 21, 2008



21 June, 2008

The Music 4 Mauis CD is a lovely, rhythmic, and haunting tribute to the dolphins that reside only on our coastline. Artists include Sola Rosa, Don McGlashan, Minuit, Fur Patrol, The Black Seeds, Ragamuffin Children, Pitch Black, Flip Grater, The Bads, Gasoline Cowboy and Ariana Tikao, whose moving song E Rere, is about farewelling a spirit.

Maui’s dolphins, the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin hug the coast of the North Island. They are a close cousin to South Island Hector’s dolphins, but are genetically different. There are only about 100 left and perhaps only 25 of them are females of breeding age. They are tiny, playful, spirited dolphins and considered to be kaitiaki, guardians and protectors of our soul. One more fishing season could forever erase Maui’s dolphins from our shores. Hector’s dolphins are now a quarter of their original population size.

BUY THE ALBUM NOW from Amplifier

Campaign director Gemma McGrath has two passions: music and dolphins. She is the driving force behind Music 4 Mauis, the CD by New Zealand musicians to benefit endangered Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphins. The first Music 4 Mauis CD features artists, gifted by Native Tongue Publishing and will be distributed by Rhythmethod, available in stores nationwide from June 16th. Read the rest of this entry »

The Music 4 Mauis website

June 17, 2008
The website a.k.a. Kaitiaki Our Dolphins is a place where people can blog about the issue, discover ways to help, learn more about our dolphins and importantly add stories to the online archive, keeping updated with the projects’ progress and latest media.
We will soon feature podcasts, short videos and input from musicians around the nation in support of our dolphins with some music downloads, as promised. 
Kia ora for your patience as we develop this site further 🙂

Special update from dolphin expert Dr Liz Slooten

June 4, 2008

Dear Team,

Thank you so much for all your hard work on Hector’s and Maui’s dolphinTihei Mauri Ora!
protection over the last couple of years! Without you we would certainly
not have got anywhere near this far.

The government’s decision is a modified version of Option 2 in the Threat
Management Plan. While we had all hoped for Option 3 or something closer
to total protection (the Option 4 that never made it into the plan), this
is a major step forward.
Read the rest of this entry »

Congratulations dolphin massive!

May 31, 2008

It’s definitely worthy of celebration! Our native dolphin species, the Maui’s and Hector’s just got granted a future of hope, thanks to the new fishing industry changes announced by the NZ Minister of Fisheries this week. It is sad that 65 fishermen that are losing their livelihoods, but at least humans have alternatives and can adapt new ways of getting by.  Let’s hope the government might spares them some compensation.

There is no way dolphins can get around the problem of set nets without drowning.  From October 2008, here are the changes that will come into effect.  For the finer details see:  Minister announces new measures to protect dolphins


* West coast, North Island.
* Clifford and Cloudy Bay, Marlborough.
* Porpoise Bay/Fortress, Catlins coast.
* Te Waewae Bay, Southland.

*Extension of Banks Peninsular sanctuary Read the rest of this entry »

‘Songs to Save a Species’

May 26, 2008

Originally uploaded by mauidolphins

 Looking to support our protection of our native dolphin species? Then look no further than this beautiful compilation featuring some of New Zealand’s finest musicians.


The ‘Music4Mauis’ New Zealand music compilation album fittingly titled ‘songs to save a species’ is finally here.

The album is currently being distributed nationwide throughout NZ. All proceeds go toward positive initiatives to protect our critically endangered, Maui Dolphins.

There current situation is extremely grave. With less that 100 of these native dolphin left in the world they could go extinct at any moment! Our dolphins face constant threats from fishing industries and set nets. As the people of this country, Aotearoa, we have to stand together and protect these magical creatures for generations to come.

Album Tracklisting:

Raggamuffin Children
Don McGlashan
Pitch Black
Fur Patrol
Sola Rosa
The Black Seeds
Gasoline Cowboy
The Bads
Flip Grater
Ariana Tikao