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.

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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.
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Tagger with a conscience and a cause

May 31, 2008

Some of Jono\'s art featuring throughout the country 

Mon, 26 May 2008 07:26p.m.


Graffiti is a form of communication.


But what it normally communicates – is not to everyone’s taste.


Jono More, however, is a tagger with a conscious and a cause.


His work is not about sex or violence – it is about saving dolphins.


Jono More’s weapon of choice is a spray can and he is using it to fight for the world’s rarest dolphins

– the hector and maui.


He says “it’s a crucial time for them right now and they need to be in the public eye.”


Hector dolphins number just 7000.


Their North Island cousins – the maui – are critically endangered, there are just over a hundred of them left.


According to a government report as many as 150 hector and maui dolphins die in commercial nets every year.


Jono has been wasting no time stencilling his dolphins around the country from Banks Peninsula to

the walls of parliament.


He says that his brand of graffiti is having an effect. “It does have power. It’s going to remind the people who see the paintings that they are a part of this country – and that’s all I could ask for – they belong here and they need to stay here.”



But whether the dolphins will, depends on the government.

View the rest of this article with the Campbell Live Video 

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 »