Background information

Hector’s and Māui dolphins are found only in New Zealand. Together they are one of the world’s rarest dolphin species (Hector’s and Māui dolphins are subspecies). Both subspecies are considered taonga and are an important part of New Zealand’s marine biodiversity. Threats to the dolphins are managed under the Hector’s and Māui Dolphin Threat Management Plan (TMP), which provides the framework for the identification and effective management of threats by the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Fisheries New Zealand.

This survey seeks your views on the options that are proposed for managing human-induced threats to Hector’s and Māui dolphins by updating the TMP and introducing specific measures under relevant legislation.

There are four parts to the survey.

·       Part A: Proposals to update the guiding vision and objectives of the Hector’s and Māui Dolphin Threat Management Plan

·       Part B: Proposals for sustainability measures under the Fisheries Act 1996

·       Part C: Proposal for a Toxoplasmosis Action Plan

·       Part D: Management of other non-fishing threats

The questions in each part are designed to stimulate your thinking and help us report back clearly to Ministers on feedback received.

Your feedback will inform the next steps in this process, which includes updating the TMP and making any necessary legislative changes.

Making your submission
This survey is treated as a submission.

If you would like to send us more information, you can email your feedback by 17:00 (5pm) on Sunday 4th August 2019 to

Full consultation document available

You can read the full consultation document (Discussion Document) and Supporting Information and Rationale document on the Department of Conservation and the Fisheries New Zealand consultation pages.

We've made some changes to the consultation document, listed below. If you downloaded the document previously, please refer to the updated document. This has also been updated in the Supporting Information and Rationale document. The changes were as follows:
1. amendments to the table on page 22 to clarify options relating to Pegasus Bay (east coast South Island). This has also been updated in the Supporting Information and Rationale document.
2. formatting changes to some tables and clarification to wording on page 20, paragraph 2.
3. an additional explanatory note for Table 3, page 21.

You can also email us your feedback: by Sunday 4th August at 17.00 (5pm) to

You can also post your written submissions to:

Consultation: Hector’s and Māui Dolphin Threat Management Plan
Department of Conservation
P O Box 10420
Wellington 6143

At the end of the consultation period, the Department of Conservation and Fisheries New Zealand will analyse your submissions and present them to the Ministers of Conservation and Fisheries for their decision. These proposals all have significant implications, and we want your views so that Ministers can make their decisions based on the best information and your views.
The information in this publication is not government policy. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, The Department of Conservation and Fisheries New Zealand do not accept any responsibility or liability for error of fact, omission, interpretation or opinion that may be present, nor for the consequences of any decisions based on this information. Any view or opinion expressed does not necessarily represent the view of the The Department of Conservation or Fisheries New Zealand.