This Department of Conservation (DOC) site has information about the protection of New Zealand's natural and historic heritage, how and where you can enjoy public conservation places, and how to get involved in your area. http://www.doc.govt.nz/
Environment and Conservation Organizations of Aotearoa New Zealand (ECO) provides you with the nations top issues surrounding our environment. ECO and more than 60 groups are working together to conserve and protect New Zealand's natural heritage. http://www.eco.org.nz/
Forest and Bird: Giving Nature a Voice is a New Zealand based conservation group, working on the nation's top environmental issues. Visit http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/
Maritime New Zealand
MNZ Manages and controls the maritime community, working to establish and implement rules and regulations to ensure a safe marine environment for work and recreation. http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/default.asp
Ministry for the Environment
Here are some of the main focus areas of work for the Ministry for the environment:
environmental management systems, including laws, regulations and national environmental standards
national direction through national policy statements and strategies
guidance and training on best practice
information about the health of the environment.
For more information: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/index.html
The following agencies have key responsibilities and functions for marine management.Within the Ministry for the Environment website, you can link up to these agencies: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/issues/oceans/government-agencies.html
Antarctica New Zealand: Antarctica and the Southern Ocean-valued, protected, understood: http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/
The Sir Peter Blake Trust: "Leadership in Action" aims to help New Zealanders make a positive difference for the planet through activities that encourage environmental awareness and action, and leadership development. http://www.sirpeterblaketrust.org
Project Jonah is a New-Zealand based charity committed to creating a world in which animals are protected and respected. A network of volunteers make up this passionate kiwi initiative, known for its 'let's just do it' approach. Project Jonah has been saving whales since 1974 with their rescue, action and protection programs. With marine mammal welfare at the base of the organisation, this down to earth group is heavily involved with efforts to respond to stranded marine mammals on New-Zealand shores.
To learn more about Project Jonah link here: http://www.projectjonah.org.nz/
Humans and whales have significant biological similarities bonding them in the group of mammals. We nourish our young with milk we produce naturally, breathe oxygen through a set of lungs and are warm-blooded.
Although whales are thought to have evolved partly from terrestrial ancestry, they have adapted to life underwater, capable of absorbing more oxygen than mammals on earth.
Along their journeys in the ocean, whales may go without sleep for up to 3 months, without food for 8 months, and wait as long as 2 hours between surface breaths!
Let's protect whales!! ♥