Have your say on an application by Waiheke Whale and Dolphin Watch Limited to view marine mammals by motorised vessel in the Hauraki Gulf. Submissions closed 15 March 2021.

Submissions closed 15 March 2021

A total of 29 submissions were received: 1 supporting, 1 neutral, and 27 opposed to granting the application.

Download a summary of submissions received (PDF, 25,784K)

Page numbers have been added to the summary and the attachments included. Redactions have been made in accordance with the Official Information Act 1982.

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: Waiheke Whale and Dolphin Watch Limited
Location of proposed activity: Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf
Permission type: Marine mammal permit
Summary of proposal: The application is for a new permit to undertake commercial vessel-based viewing of marine mammals in the Hauraki Gulf.
Application documents:

Submissions have closed

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

Submissions closed 11:59 pm 15 March 2021.

Subject line: Submission on Waiheke Whale and Dolphin Watch Limited permit application.

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

Attention: Bethan Parry, Permissions Advisor

Once submitted, submissions are supplied to Waiheke Whale and Dolphin Watch 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

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


Once a decision has been made the outcome of that decision will be published on this webpage.


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


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