Have your say on an application by Aotearoa Expeditions Limited to undertake marine mammal viewing from Whitianga Wharf to the Great Mercury Islands and to the Alderman Islands. Submissions closed 5 pm 30 March 2021.

Submissions closed 5 pm 30 March 2021.

This application is notified under regulation 11(1) of the Marine Mammals Protection Regulations 1992. The Director-General of Conservation has received an application for a marine mammal permit.

Application details

Applicant: Aotearoa Expeditions Limited
Location of proposed activity: Whitianga Wharf to the Great Mercury Islands to the Alderman Islands.
Permission type: Marine mammal permit
Summary of proposal: Marine Mammal viewing of all whales, dolphins and seals excluding bottle nose dolphins.

Application documents:

How to make a submission

Any person or organisation may make a submission in writing to the Director-General on the proposal.

Submissions closed 5 pm 30 March 2021.

1. Prepare your submission

Have your say by doing a submission form.

2. Send us your submission

Send your submission by email or post. You'll get a confirmation email or letter when a submission has been received.


Subject line: Submission on Aotearoa Expeditions Limited permit application.

Department of Conservation
Christchurch Shared Services
Private Bag 4715
Christchurch Mail Centre
Christchurch 8140

Attention: Margot Thomson, Permissions Advisor

Once submitted, submissions are supplied to Aotearoa Expeditions Limited. They can then comment on submissions.

Once submitted, submitters' information is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and may be released under that Act. If you wish to keep any part of your submission confidential, state this in writing when making your submission.

What happens next

After submissions close:

  • DOC will analyse and consider all submissions and comments on the submissions.
  • DOC will make a recommendation to the Minister of Conservation.
  • The Minister of Conservation will make a decision on the application.


No details at this point. Details, such as submissions and the decision outcome, will be added when they are available.


If you have a question about the application or the submission process you can contact Margot Thomson, Permissions Advisor.


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