Maui's Dolphin

WELCOME to the Official site of the -

Maui's Dolphin Dot Com - A New Zealand Dolphin
  THIS SITE! is for our Taonga of Tangaroa, our Popoto. Maaui, Maui, Maui's, the NEW ZEALAND DOLPHIN from my homelands. Celebrating the last 55 ALIVE! in dolphin style, with FUN and HAPPINESS, SHARED across our friends, family, community... across the entire planet EARTH!
(planet WATER). 
"TOGETHER we can Save The Maui's Dolphin" Te Huirangi Waikerepuru.



Maui Dolphin Awareness project news - Dolphins swim across BIG SCREENS at HOMEGROWN NZ MUSIC Festival 2015.

-see PAUL MOSS for more dolphin images here: PAUL MOSS
-see VJ MOZA site for more about Moza here: VJ MOZA
-see KATCHAFIRE site for info about the band here: KATCHAFIRE
-see HOMEGROWN site for info about the festival here: HOMEGROWN

Maui's Dolphin Day and Recycling Raft Race 2015

Maui’s Dolphin Day is  to celebrate our local taonga, Popoto or Maui’s Dolphin. Working together to celebrate and protect our unique environment, Whaingaroa Environment Centre (WEC) and Xtreme Waste have teamed up again this year to bring you this event featuring the Recycled Raft Race.

Maui's Dolphin Day and Recycling Raft Race 2014

2nd March 2014   2:07PM   

Maui’s Dolphin Day is back on March 2nd to celebrate our local taonga, Popoto or Maui’s Dolphin. Working together to celebrate and protect our unique environment, Whaingaroa Environment Centre (WEC) and Xtreme Waste have teamed up again this year to bring you this event featuring the Recycled Raft Race

This will also be our second year running the upcycled “Project Maui Fashion Show.” Contestants can register ahead, and then just show up on the day! They’ll be given a pile of good quality rubbish and must create upcycled fashion pieces which will be put to the test on the runway just a couple hours later!

Our local Raglan businesses are always so generous, donating all the prizes for the raft race and fashion show.

The event will also include performances from local musicians and schools including Twisted Timber. Fundraisers from local groups will offer sausage sizzles, treats and more. Environmental awareness activities and stalls will give everyone a chance to learn more about their local environment. There will be loads of things to do and lots of prizes and fun!

Contact WEC to participate or volunteer. Raft race and Fashion Show registrations now available! 07 825 0480 or drop in to see us at the Town Hall.  


JAPAN DOLPHINS DAY 2013 Wellington New Zealand
Event details: HERE


1. September 1 2013
1. 1:00 pm
1. 1 Courtenay Place.

Help us grow awareness for the imminent extinction of the Maui's / Maui / Maaui Dolphins, and deliver info on how to protect them, take photos for VP's for Peggy Oki, Solidarity for Japans Dolphins, awareness to stop the slaughter, kidnap and imprisonment worldwide, of all Cetaceans.


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  Maui Dolphin
  Cephalorhynchus hectori. Photograph by James Shook

Photograph courtesy
of Will Rayment
New Zealand Dolphin and Whale Trust

Music for Maui
Movies for Maui
Love for Dolphins
Stop the slaughter in Taiji
Stop the marine mammal captivity

Sharing Space




Maui's Dolphin Maui Mauis eventing and schemes to save from extinction. Website by Paul Moss.
Paul Moss

Latest SOE results! Bing has us on the first page and so does Google. My work is done here. I gave it my all for two years to achieve exactly that, web presence for the Maui's, that everyone could use to be heard and read globally. Here. Please feel free to write about Maui's on our facebook page, and I will copy and paste edits to here. When we find a suitable person, we will pass over the editor's role for this site, to them. (So yes, there was a method to my madness, and the results vindicate the strategic approach, even though it was poorly understood by many, and misunderstood by most.)

Astro-Artist Paul Moss speaks at Te Papa Marae for Matariki
also see ASTRONOMY AOTEAROA dot com

For Hector's and an overview of New Zealand Dolphin go here:

NEW BLOG pages here BLOGindex.html


Read the extract from the IWC Report here:

IWC Report of the Scientific Committee
Annual Meeting 2013
Held on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea from 3-15 June 2013

Extract regarding New Zealand:

14.3.2 Hector's dolphin MAUI'S DOLPHIN


Maui’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui) aka popoto.
Recognised as a distinct subspecies of Hector’s dolphins in 2002, following genetic research, previously called the North Island Hector’s dolphin.

Maui's dolphins 'Without A Voice'
from WWF New Zealand

Published on Jun 24, 2013

" WWF-New Zealand's campaign video highlighting the plight of the remaining Maui's dolphins. Only 55 animals, excluding calves, are believed to survive today.

With special thanks to singer/songwriter Jamie McDell for the use of her track 'Without A Voice'. To support our work to save this species, please visit "

In 2002, a New Zealand marine scientist, Dr Alan Baker, showed that Maui’s dolphins are not identical to the Hector’s dolphins that live around the South Island.

The dolphins’ common name is Maui’s, after the Māori name for the North Island – te Ika a Maui. The Māori name for Maui’s dolphins is popoto.


MAPS! You wanted to now where your closest Maui's are? what their main challenges and threats are? actions that you can take? people and netwroks that you can join in their habitats? Our new online directory will launch on this page HERE (Maps & Directory) - and grow to answer many of your questions, and allow for feedback directly as we progress our mission for our last 55 Maui's Dolphins.

in RAGLAN New Zealand








EARTHRACE - Earthrace Conservation Organisation

  • Blog for Maui's! Please feel free to communicate with us...
  • April 29th 2013
  • MAPS!! Resources and Hazards - New website section about to be launched, read about it Here: Maui's Dolphin Maps of Resources and Hazards

    ACTIONS!! and we are writing our strategy documents bearing in mind the principles of communicating with our audiences that live near the dolphins, and apart from them, sneak preview of that here...
    Here: Maui's Dolphin Habitat - RESOURCE 2

  • April 8th 2013.
    HELP??? please help us help the Maui's Dolphin. the online campaigns are more or less covered, we need real people in real life to do real stuff. here. and now.

    First, we need to build our team. we have a great core. we need quite a big team to do some big things.

    That starts with korero. Talk to us. call us, email, skype, twitter, webcast, drive here.... whatever works for you is good for Maui's.

    without YOU they are pretty much doomed to extinction. Please feel free to use our resources, our technical gear, our skills, our specialised market knowledge, our new media gear, our extraordinary abilities... our connections! in YOUR vision, your plan, your project, your effort to save the popoto from extinction...

    go on, what are you waiting for...more at my blog
April 3rd 2013.
A personal request from Paul Moss, on behalf of the Maui's Dolphins, currently in big trouble.

I've been asking for help on behalf of Maui's Dolphins for about a year now, after I attended Maui's Dolphin Day at Raglan in 2012, it was clear that someone had to do a lot more to bring events and activities to actually happen! more here at my BLOG.



STAND UP AND BE COUNTED - Peggy Oki Artist for the Maui's Dolphins

Lets Face It -

Lets Face It - Extinction is for EVER


Last EVENT!!!!


Maui's Dolphin Day and Recycled Raft Race and Fashion Show
@ Te Kopua Domain
Saturday 2nd March
11am - 5pm
Maui’s Dolphin Day is back! Everyone in Raglan is familiar with our local toanga, the Maui’s Dolphin or Popoto. Working together to celebrate and protect our unique environment, Whaingaroa Environment Centre (WEC) and Xtreme Waste have teamed up again this year to bring you the Recycled Raft Race. Also, new this year, a recycled fashion show. This will be a “Project Runway” style fashion show, with contestants creating their pieces from recycled materials given to them on the day!
What else?
- Stalls from Environmental and Community Organisations
- Food fundraisers for local groups
- Local music and entertainment
- Activities for all ages! Prizes!

To participate or volunteer, contact WEC. Raft race and Fashion Show registrations and info available for download here (see sidebar) or pick up at WEC in the Town Hall. All contestants must pre-register!


COVER for your facebook page!! here:


Mauis Dolphin Dot Com

Make Your Stand for the Maui (Maui's) Dolphin of Aotearoa

please do something now!!!

March for Taiji



Write to the New Zealand Government demanding change! protection for our Maui's Dolphins.

Dear Minister,

I represent the 'Maui Dolphin (aka Maui's Dolphin) - Action & Projects' with 83 members on facebook and public website we are concerned for the future of the dolphins threatened with imminent extinction, and expect and demand that the New Zealand Government act according to best practice as advised by the national experts, acting on the advice within the reports from scientists who have brought more than 25 years research into NZ dolphins, to you.

email your submission to Maui at MPI < >, and
Maui at DOC < >


music for Maui date and location tba..

PAST Events:

Maui's Dolphin
A CandleLight Viral Vigil for the dolphins!
9th November

Light a candle, take a photo (with you or your friend or family in it), make a video, send us the link!!! we will send it to our government.

New Zealand:
Wellington - 5 Courtenay Place 7pm bring candles!!
Auckland - Aotea Square

Global - Your Place!

mellow styles
5 Courtenay Place, friday 9th Nov from 7pm on.

It's an awareness event for sharing the knowledge of the imminent extinction of the Maui Dolphin (technically its Maui's Dolphin).
There are only 55 left.

the government called for submissions on interim measures in march/april and they are taking final submissions now until Tuesday 12th Nov.

Our mission is to inspire as many people as possible to make a submission. the easiest process is to sign the NABU petition which automatically emails a detailed submission to DOC.

Bring your own candles!
We are going to have a vigil with candles in that circular space near the weta tripod at the end of Courtenay Place.
cushions and blanket perhaps?

Viral Vigil with Candles 5 Courtenay Place 9th November 7pm..

Rob Thorne (Children of Maui Project) is coming from Palmerston North to play Taonga Puoro with loop pedals, approx time sunset say 8 ~8:30

Tui Allen will attend with her book RIPPLE, freshly back from Frankfurt Book Fair, the worlds largest book fair, where NZ was guest of honour! you can buy this fabulous story of dolphins directly from Tui fro $15, or from Amazon or Book Depository. You can buy hard copy or kindle versions, the electronic version is only a few dollars.

Skype in's, if possible, one from Scotty Bowman (Christchurch) at Earthrace and another from Len Varley (Perth) Freedom Blue, who wrote two books on Taiji dolphins, SALTWATER TEARS, and DEEPER WATER.

We will shoot video, and share a video later to inspire more submissions. we might only have a dozen or perhaps 20 people, and usually there are several couples and groups passing through at any one time.

I might bring telescopes, (depends on help) I'm certainly bringing screens and laptop, an amp and speakers, (mics and desk) for speakers and skype.

Performers - we would be happy for you dropped by! if you were in the city, rap, sing, play guitar, would be much appreciated, although it's not so important for us to have performance, the thing is to try and get the message a last chance of spreading, to get more numbers to government.

you can see event here:

and our Maui (Maui's) group is here:"

Paul Moss

Paul Moss - Webmaster Maui's Dolphin dot com


The Orca were with us in Wellington Harbour.

Orca at Karaka Bay
Photo by

Free Morgan



A FLASHMOB across the Wellington CBD October 26th
(with Auckland)

Mauis Dolphin

NABU Maui's Dolphin

use your smart phone to go to the site and join the petition, thus sending a submission about Maui's Dolphins to the NZ Government.
Petition site directly here: petitions/ save-maui-s-dolphins-now


GO TO cnr Lambton Quay and Bowen sts at 11:30am Friday 26th Oct.

A Concert for Maui? (Mid December)
Artists for the Dolphins? all the time!
will YOU take part? please let us know at facebook action page




Past Events:

Maui's Dolphin
A FLASHMOB across the Wellington CBD October 26th (with Auckland)
GO TO cnr Lambton Quay and Bowen sts at 11:30am Friday 26th Oct.

Photos HERE:


maui – one man against the gods



Tanemahuta Gray is to try and get the production of Maui - One Man Against The Gods to Hawaii. Please help Tanemahuta achieve his dream.
'We are currently investigating a tour to Hawaii in O'ahu in Fall or Winter of 2013, and will keep you in touch with how the mission to bring "Maui" to his other homeland is going. It has always been a big dream of Tanemahuta Gray to share the beauty, wisdom and phenomenal abilities of our great Hercules of the Pacific, with our Hawaiian whanaunga.'

What is Maui-One Man Against The Gods? see



Awhitu - Home of Maui's Dolphins
a mood video from PAUL MOSS

Latest MAUI's DOLPHIN Footage:

Published on 30 Sep 2012 by

Footage of Maui's dolphins, now the rarest marine dolphins in the world. Just 55 Maui's dolphins over the age of one are estimated to survive.

I LIKE Dolphins... (swimming in the sea)


Earthrace Conservation Organisation HERE

Click this link to download the Dolphin Song. It's free!

Created for Earthrace Conservation Organisation in support of their ongoing anti-captivity campaign and in honour of Save Japan Dolphin Day 2012 Ft.4 year old Leela B.


Love for Dolphins
Origami Dolphins by Bille Giebler.


Animation by Paul Moss

Dove Jones appeal for help...


Albatross Anti Plastic
  Albatross No Sea Earth Pollution
Say NO to plastic, reuse, recycle, protect the oceans from any more plastic waste. Albatross




Petitions handed to NZ Government 2nd May 2012
AVAAZ (by members) 29,443 + 20,714
+ Change Org (by NABU) 17,548
close enough to 67,000 signatures..


Facebook event discussions March for Maui Wellington, Auckland
Media directory here: TV Radio Newspaper Video Photos
..only known as Maui. Terehu, Aihe or Upokohue
- all mean Dolphin.
'Maui's dolphin or popoto (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui) is the
world's rarest and smallest known subspecies of dolphin.[1]
They are a sub-species of the Hector's dolphin
They are only found off the northwest coast of New Zealand's
North Island
, and are among that country's rarest subspecies.
As of 2012, it is estimated that 55 Maui's dolphins exist in the
Maui's dolphins are generally found close to shore in groups or
pods of several dolphin. They are often seen in water less than
20 metres deep, but may also range further off shore.
Most of their time is spent feeding.' wikipedia

Video of stills from March on Parliament

Video from March on Parliament

another video of slides here

Video from MAF.

VIDEO from Parliament.

BUY these songs by Rob Thorne and support the Maui Dolphin.

'Singing the Dolphin Through'
by Manfred Mann YOUTUBE

Video from Paul Moss (Radio Interview as soundtrack)

Media directory here: TV Radio Newspaper Video Photos

Facebook event discussion March for Maui
Old (#1) archive page here:

* Wellington events

* Auckland events
* Auckland - Maui Silent March and Wake.
April 7th Kumeu Arts centre, Main Road, Kumeu. .

* Vacant shop in cbd required for info and displays, let us know please.
*Sponsors for visual artists and musician and sound artists to create and operate installations in Auckland and Wellington, and elsewhere.
* need volunteers; email
* need vehicles and drivers; email
* comment and suggestions welcome

* Please support these people and organisations:
Artists caring for our precious environment
- Artist Michel Tuffery
- Digital and Oil artist Ray Ching
- New Media and Visualist Paul Moss
- Pointillist Rio Rossellini
- Director / Writer Tanemahuta Gray

Musicians for the ocean
- Whaaia te Maaramatanga, by Rob Thorne
- Tiki Taane
- Rhombus in Dub
- Terranine Mike




Independents for
SAVE the Mauis Dolphin Facebook Group here:




Radio New Zealand Interview with Paul Moss for
listen & download here


VITAL Links..

Please add your photo to the:
'LETS FACE IT' Visual Petition here: LETS FACE IT

Please read the data:
DOC - Department of Conservation
latest dolphin population estimates

DOC Department of Conservation New Zealand

Auckland region’s Coastal Clean Up

NZ Whale and
Dolphin Trust

MORE links to come here....

Cephalorhynchus hectori. Photograph by James Shook







Directory of domain names and urls for this site:

Maui Dolphin Mauis Dolphin Dot Com

Maui Dolphin Mauis Dolphin Net. This website to act as an information directory to help rescue these creatures.

Maui  Mauis Dolphin Maui Dolphins Hector Hectors New Zealand endangered threatened species marine  mammal save