Fiordland crested penguin.
Image: Andrew Walmsley | ©


Help protect our coastal wildlife by finding out what lives on the coast near you.

New Zealand's coasts are teeming with wildlife, both big and small, many of these species are threatened. Things that threaten wildlife include dogs, cars, pollution, litter, and people.

All of us can play a part in reducing these threats.

Did you know?

New Zealand has over 40 marine reserves around the country to protect our treasured marine taunga.

Download this activity

Become a coastal protector activity sheet (PDF, 1,454K)

What to do

1. Explore the coast

Head to your favourite coastal spot and discover what kind of wildlife lives there. There are lots of different creatures living under the sand, on the sand in the sea and in the air.

2. Take action

Think about what you, your friends, whānau or people in the community could do for the wild coast and animals that live there.

  • Find out what animals live on your local coast then make a poster or sign to tell people about them, and what they can do to protect them. 
  • Tell people with pet dogs about what animals live on the coast and where they are likely to be so dogs are kept under control when they are near these places.
  • Draw pictures or take photos of the wildlife you see on your local coast and tell others about them and what they can do to protect them.

For more information about what you can do to look after your local coast visit the Sustainable Coastlines website.

Remember when exploring to keep a safe distance from any coastal wildlife you encounter.


Claim your Kaiwhakamaru Takutai – Coastal Protector medal

Tell us how your activity goes and we’ll send you a Toyota Kiwi Guardians Kaiwhakamaru Takutai – Coastal Protector medal.

Complete the claim form to tell us about your activity, and we'll send you a medal. Each Kiwi Guardians action has a different medal – see how many you can collect.

Share what you did

The team at Toyota Kiwi Guardians would love to hear about what you did. Send us an email, or share something online using #KiwiGuardians, so we can share it with others. Visit Kiwi Guardians on Facebook.

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