• Petitioning Hon. Maggie Barry

This petition will be delivered to:

Minister of Conservation, New Zealand
Hon. Maggie Barry


    1. Petition by

      NABU International - Foundation for Nature

Maui’s dolphins live only in New Zealand and are the smallest and rarest marine dolphin species on earth. Fishing with gill nets and trawling has driven them to the very edge of extinction. There are now just around 50 Maui’s dolphins left, down from an estimated 1,800 forty years ago. Because there are so few individuals left, the species can only cope with a single fatality as a result of human activities every 10-23 years. Yet these fishing methods kill an estimated five Maui's dolphins each year. The last survivors need to be protected now before it’s too late and here is your chance to help make that happen.

The world’s leading independent scientists, including those from the International Whaling Commission, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Society for Marine Mammalogy agree that harmful fishing methods must be banned across the dolphins’ range if the species is to have any chance of bouncing back. But the New Zealand government is ignoring these urgent recommendations. Instead, the government’s proposed plans provide a piecemeal approach to their protection, which is out of step with what is required to facilitate recovery. But Maui’s dolphins can’t hang on much longer. They need full protection, and they need it now.

Please join us to let New Zealand know that the world cares and won’t accept their wilful extinction!

You can view the text of the petition below.

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Thank you for your support for these animals who are in so much trouble. This is our last chance to save them!

Recent signatures



      Dear Maui's and Hector's dolphin friend,

      Good news! New Zealand's Environmental Protection Authority has rejected plans to mine iron ore from 65 sqkm of ocean floor for 20 years in the home of the last 50 Maui's dolphins. 50 million tonnes of sand would have been sucked up and pumped back into the sea with devastating consequences for all marine life. Thank you for standing up against this deadly threat to the rarest marine dolphins on our planet.

      But there is also bad news for Maui's dolphins: fishing continues to kill the dolphins dozens of times faster than they can breed. Last week it also emerged that the New Zealand government has given the go ahead for extensive oil exploration inside the dolphins' home. What's more, New Zealand's Minister for Conservation, Nick Smith, misled the public about these plans by stating that the search for oil was "nowhere near where the Maui's live". But a map that shows dolphin sightings from Dr Smith's own Ministry proves that this is wrong (

      Each of these threats alone threatens the dolphins' survival.

      Please help us save the last 50 Maui's dolphins from extinction by joining us on facebook ( and by sharing, tweeting ( and telling your friends about this gross injustice, which is wiping out the world's smallest marine dolphins right before our eyes.

      Thank you for your continued support!

      Dr Barbara Maas
      Head of Endangered Species Conservation
      NABU International

    2. Reached 35,000 signatures
    3. 31,000 SIGNATURES

      This is a new record for Maui's and Hector's dolphins! After breezing past 30,000 on the weekend thanks to a push from the wonderful people from the film The Cove, our petition has attracted strong support from Turkey. Thank you dolphin lovers in Turkey and elsewhere in the world for taking action on the dolphins' behalf. We appreciate each and every signature. NZ can no longer hide its shameful lack of protection for Maui's and Hector's dolphins. Thank you for this show of strength!

    4. Reached 31,000 signatures
    5. Ministerial decision lets down Maui's dolphins

      First fishing, then seismic testing and sand mining, and now deep sea oil drilling! There are just 50 Maui's dolphins left on earth. They don't stand a chance if we don't fight for them. Join our tweetstorm event on 27th November, invite your friends and tweet for their lives.

      Thank you!

    6. 25,000 people say 'No' to the extinction of Maui's dolphins!

      We've reached another milestone today: 25,000 people from every corner of the globe have told the New Zealand government that they want to see Maui's dolphins protected.
      Last week Maui's dolphin conservation was one of the highlights at the World Whale Conference. You can catch our presentation on our website ( or directly on YouTube: Thank you everyone for being part of our rescue mission and please keep sharing this petition to strengthen the dolphins' case.

    7. Reached 24,000 signatures

      The New Zealand government just informed us that the deadline for submissions on Maui's dolphin protection have been extended until noon on Friday NZ time. This gives us the opportunity to collect petiton signatures for ANOTHER 14 HOURS. More than 23,000 caring people from all around the world have already supported our cause - a fantastic achievement. Thank YOU for being part of the drive to save the last Maui's dolphins. Will we be able to make it 24,000?

    9. Submissons close in less than 7 hours

      21,000 signatures instead of 15,000! Thank you for exceeding our expectation. Please keep sharing the petition with your friends until the deadline in a few hours time.

    10. Reached 21,000 signatures

      This weekend our petition has reached a record breaking 15,000 signatures in under four weeks. Maui's dolphins have never seen this level of support before. It will send the most powerful message to the New Zealand government and the country's fishing industry. The world cares, and the world is watching! Thank you so very much. There are still three days left to let your friends and contacts know about this petition and every signgle name will make a difference.

    12. Reached 12,500 signatures
    13. You've done it again!

      3000 of you signed in support of Maui's dolphin protection in the past 24 hours. Thank you on the dolphins' behalf. AWESOME!

    14. Reached 8,000 signatures
    15. 2000 signatures in less than 24 hrs!

      You are awesome! In less than a day more than 2000 people have made a stand for the last 50 Maui's dolphins. For more information about what's going on with our campaign as well as background info, please visit Thank you!

    16. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 42 minutes ago

      they are SO precious and need our help to survive...........

    • Sarah Luger LAS VEGAS, NV
      • about 7 hours ago

      We shouldnt need a petition to do what's right.

    • Miles Eddy FORT GARLAND, CO
      • about 17 hours ago

      Dolphins are important. They might be as smart as humans and we need to protect diversity.

    • Nerine Karena-Anderson TE AWAMUTU, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 18 hours ago

      I live in this beautiful country and do not want to see another species wiped out due to man's ignorance.

    • Tove Moen Gjøtterud LILLESAND, NORWAY
      • about 20 hours ago

      We have to save them!


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