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Please support USA proposal to save Maui and Hector’s dolphins!

Please support the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency’s initiative to list Hector’s and Maui dolphins under the Endangered Species Act.


More Voices for “our” Maui’s Dolphins

Peggy Oki, reports on her 12th year in Raglan, NZ of working to help the last 55 or less Maui’s Dolphins.


We've Tried & Tried! What To Do When They Just Won't Listen?!

It is more than evident that unless the current government is VOTED OUT, the last 55 Maui's Dolphins could become EXTINCT less than two decades from now.


Silence Broken

Battles are being hard fought for the world's smallest, rarest dolphin in New Zealand -- a nation perceived as “green” but currently only in theory, not action.


IWC to consider imminent extinction of Maui’s dolphins

New research confirms that New Zealand’s Maui’s dolphins could face extinction by 2031. In the past two years, the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) had issued urgent recommendations about the need to protect the dolphins’ from fishing nets. New Zealand has failed to implement this advice. IWC scientists are scheduled to discuss the plight of the last 50 Maui’s dolphins again at their meeting in Bled, Slovakia this week.


Interview on Raglan Radio with Peggy Oki

Peggy Oki talks with Aaron of Raglan Radio in NZ about the Maui's Dolphin Threat Management Plan recently announced, threats to their habitat, the current New Zealand government, and more.


Threat Management Plan from a government with deaf ears!!

The NZ government has again failed to adequately protect the ever-declining population of Maui's Dolphins, now at 54 or less (adults over age of 1 year) There is very little question that current government is bowing to the commercial fisheries, seabed mining, and deep sea oil industries instead of doing the right thing to save the dolphins.


Slash (musician)

Saul Hudson (born July 23, 1965), better known by his stage name Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom (Slash achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.


Call to Action to protect Maui's Dolphin habitat from seabed mining

Seabed mining company Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) "...aims to suck up to 50 million tonnes of sand from the seabed, and ship up to 5 million tonnes of iron concentrate to Asia every year."


Join us in supporting our friend Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project

“Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project” KINGS OF CHAOS--the new touring project featuring former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan, along with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion/Deep Purple), Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol)--will perform a special concert on Monday, November 18 at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. They’ll play a two-hour set spanning the greatest hits from all of its superstar members and additional special guest performers.


Marco Morgan, The National Skate Collective, South Africa

The group of skateboarders united in the celebration of the lifting of the ban of skateboarding on a Promenade in Cape Town, and last week we united to support the Lets Face It campaign. It was featured in the local papers as well. I wish you the best of luck with the cause and I hope that we are able to support in the future.


From Across the World With Love for "Our" Maui's & Hector's Dolphins

25 NGOs representing across the globe, backing concerns of over 2,000 marine mammal scientists, a "sign on" letter is sent to the New Zealand government during the re-opened Threat Management Plan (TMP) submissions period.


ACTION ALERT: Submissions for TMP (Threat Management Plan) reopened for Maui's Dolphins.

Send your own submission directly to the NZ government.... DOC (Department of Conservation) NZ is now seeking submissions on the Minister’s intention to vary the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary to prohibit commercial and recreational set net fishing between two and seven nautical miles offshore between Pariokariwa Point and the Waiwhakaiho River, Taranaki.


News Flash and CALL TO ACTION: New Zealand government is taking first steps to open up Maui's & Hector's habitat to SHELL and offshore oil!

After North Sea Gas Leak, Drillers Fear Corrosive Fluid Could Threaten Deep Sea Wells Across The World


Your Voice Urgently Needed Against High Risk Exploratory Drilling in NZ Waters!

On the heels of the controversial Anadarko Amendment (criminalizing aspects of protesting at sea), the New Zealand government has proposed a law change to the Marine Legislation Bill, currently before Parliament. If passed, the public's right to oppose deep-sea oil and gas exploration will be removed.


Call for set net ban to save critically endangered Hector's dolphins

Scientists are calling for a complete ban on set net fishing in Akaroa Harbour after finding out one of New Zealand's most endangered species is in the area more often than they thought.


Voices from Auckland Sounding Loud & Clear for the Maui's Dolphins

Quotations and comments from Wayne Walker, Albany ward councillor and Auckland Council environment and sustainability forum chairman back the (IWC Scientific) committee's recommendations for saving the last 55 Maui's dolphins. And Auckland council coastal specialist Bill Trusewich chimes in too.


The Good News, and Word is Getting Out

Hail to the great Blues, Light is shed on the New Zealand government lurking in darkness, while the Mexican government steps up to the plate.


Stand Up & Be Counted

Large scale environmental art image was organized by “Let’s Face It” Visual Petitions coordinator Peggy Oki, Founder & Director of the Origami Whales Project.


Music to the Ears about Too Much Noise for Maui's Dolphins

After numerous e-mails and phone calls by Peggy Oki (Coordinator of "Let's Face It" Visual Petitions) since February (2013) pushing to formulate a group letter of concern to DOC with request for protocols including necropsy to determine cause of death in any cetaceans found in proximity to zones of seismic testing we gladly announce that the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) is urging the New Zealand government to halt seismic testing in Maui’s dolphin habitat immediately. In a letter to New Zealand’s Prime Minister the SMM expressed concerns about seismic surveys in the home of Maui’s dolphins, the rarest dolphin species on earth. The President of the Society Prof. Helen Marsh said that "allowing seismic testing in the dolphins’ habitat may harm their hearing and push them into unprotected areas, where they are more exposed to fishing nets. The impact on the 55 remaining Maui’s dolphins could be devastating. Allowing this seismic testing appears inconsistent with the New Zealand Government's stated goal of enabling this subspecies to recover..."


Another Love Letter, shocking dolphin bycatch numbers, and Maui's Dolphins Making the News!

Letter to New Zealand Prime Minister regarding Maui's, Shock over accidental catch rates, and when a marine sanctuary is a "killing field".


Call to ACTION! Please spread the word & post widely!!!

We've heard that the NZ govt may announce the Threat Management Plan (TMP) on the Maui's & Hector's dolphins this month!!!


Dave “Rasta” Rastovich returns to paddle for the Maui’s Dolphins and New Zealand coastal habitat!

Congratulations and much gratitude to Dave “Rasta” Rastovich’s on returning to New Zealand for his 350km, two-week solo paddle from Cape Taranaki to Piha, west of Auckland, in New Zealand. The paddle aims to draw international awareness to the seabed mining proposed for the coastline.


Interactive Tool: "A future for the Maui's Dolphin?"

A visual exploration of threats & protection options made by 'dumpark creative industries' Learn about the rarest dolphin on earth and its worrying decline of population.


Love Letters and

A group letter of concern with 50 national and international organizations, representing over 20 million concerned citizens globally, for the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin was signed on 24 October, 2012, and will be sent to Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand. While this is impressive, we are still very concerned. Why? Earlier this year, more than 32,000 people having submitted on the measures around Taranaki, with 76 per cent of submissions calling for greater protection of Maui’s dolphins. Despite this, in September during the largest international conference on conservation (the IUCN) the NZ government was the ONLY member nation among 576 that voted against a motion to stop the extinction of the Hector's and Maui's Dolphins. So we need to do everything we can now to ensure that protections necessary for the survival of the Maui's and Hector's Dolphins will be included in the Threat Management Plan (TMP). 


Crusade to Save the Innocents

A true story unfolds as hundreds of nations, thousands of world citizens united, have eyes on New Zealand as leadership is called upon to save a precious symbol of peace and joy from vanishing forever.


Team up as "Let's Face It" Visual Petition Collectors

Peggy Oki will be collecting "Let's Face It" Visual Petitions at the American Cetacean Society XIII International Conference, San Diego, California, 9-11 November. Please contact us if you would like to help us in these last few days toward our goal of 5,500 VPs before 12 November.


Xavier Rudd

Singer, songwriter, and PETA Asia-Pacific’s 2008 Sexiest Vegetarian man. Making his way halfway around the globe, XAVIER RUDD, one of Australia’s most iconic voices today.


Unicorns, Maui’s Dolphins, Sumatran Rhinos, New Zealand Sea Lions, Yellow-eyed Penguins, and Irrawaddy River Dolphins, ...Oh My!!!

The New Zealand government has been making news, ...but not in a nice way. As the veil of “green” is raised, the dark truth of New Zealand’s current environmental policy is revealed. Is there light at the end of the tunnel?


Through the Dolphins' Eyes by Dove Joans

Dove has been showing her love for the Maui's & Hector's by collecting over 1,300 "Let's Face It" Visual Petitions, and has actively been a voice for these critically endangered Dolphins. And now Dove shows her skills through this wonderful video.


Attention All Surfers & Skaters, and Dolphin & Whale Lovers Alike!

Peggy Oki, Coordinator of the "Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign and "Origami Whales Project" Founder & Director "continues to "Work it for the Whales, and Dolphins too of course!"


Peggy Oki, "Paints for the Porpoise"

Peggy Oki, artist and Coordinator of our "Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign painted this bench as a contribution to the Carpinteria Valley Arts Council "Artniture" fund-raising event. And she's spreading the word at the same time with her creation which is also embellished with some art by students from her Whales & Dolphins Ambassador Program.


You can do something fun & easy to SAVE DOLPHINS in TWO COUNTRIES, in ONE DAY!

Japan Dolphins Day 2012 is just around the corner, 31 August or 1 September (depending on location). If you’ve watched “The Cove” you may already be planning to attend one of over 80 Japan Dolphin Day rallies across the world.


New Zealand dolphins to 'go the way of the dodo' because of cruel fishing methods

The world's smallest and most endangered dolphin 'will die out' unless radical changes are made to fishing, say scientists.


Ric O'Barry supports

Ric wrote: "Lets get behind this urgent effort, folks!" and with his blessings to create this VP on his behalf, "We love Peggy".


Sea Shepherds Love Maui's & Hector's Dolphins too!

Grateful to SSCS for posting this commentary on the need for NZ government to do much more to save the Maui's & Hector's Dolphins from extinction


Extinction is imminent for two marine mammal species unless their habitat is immediately cleared of gillnets

Research considered by the IWC's Scientific Committee shows that protected areas are too small to be effective, and progress in extending gillnet and trawl net free areas has been too slow to achieve recovery as part of New Zealand's national and international obligations.


Sending good thoughts

Liz Slooten (among foremost in studying the Maui's & Hector's Dolphins of NZ) is in Panama for the IWC meetings after presenting her paper to the Scientific Committee on the Maui's & Hector's of NZ, and the Vaquitas Dolphins of Mexico.


Happy Go Skateboarding Day everyone!

"Let's Face It" Visual Petition of one of my favorite skaters "The Cab" Steve Caballero, from the legendary Bones Brigade.


I Work it for the Whales (and dolphins too, of course!)

"I WORK IT FOR THE WHALES" says legendary Dogtown skateboarder Peggy Oki at the 2012 Skateboard Hall of Fame Awards.


"Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign submission

"Let's Face It" Visual Petition campaign submission, 1pm NZT, 11 April to the three decision-makers in the New Zealand government


Conservation Groups Call for Immediate Action to Save New Zealand’s Imperilled Dolphins

Over a dozen non-governmental organizations have requested that Prime Minister John Key take immediate action to protect Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins in a letter hand-delivered to him today.


March to Parliament in support of Maui's dolphin

Various conservation groups marched to Parliament this afternoon in support of the urgent measures proposed to save the dwindling Maui's dolphin population.


Goal of 5,000 "Let's Face It" Visual Petitions (VPs)

If you've already created your "Let's Face It" Visual Petition, you can still help by collecting more.


March for Maui - Maui Dolphin March on Parliament

Peaceful rally walking from Allen street to Parliament builidngs. We invite all people to walk with us and ask that our MP's use their special emergency powers and immediately stop the use of SET/Gill Nets.This march is supported by all New Zealand conservation groups.


Great news! Thanks to the many people across the world who have been participating, we have over 1,000 "Let's Face It" visual petitions!

We are hard at work to meet our print deadline for banners and posters to be presented to the New Zealand government in early April. While we won't be able to include any additional visual petitions (VPs) for this print run, our campaign will continue.


Hector's & Maui's Dolphins appeal by William Trubridge

Watch this excellent message from 15 time world champion free diver William Trubridge.


Raglan Positive Perspective - Peggy Oki "Lets Face It"

Juan Duazo of Raglan Positive Perspectives put together this great video for our "Let's Face It" visual petition campaign video. The sad thing is that since we began filming "On 13 March 2012, New Zealand's Department of Conservation announced that the number of Maui's dolphins is most likely 55."

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