The National Aquarium has a strong commitment to protecting the Earth’s biodiversity and habitats.
The National Aquarium of New Zealand is involved in a wide range of conservation programmes, projects and public events locally, nationally and internationally to increase awareness of the need to protect New Zealand’s biodiversity. This includes working closely with schools and the local community, as well as scientists from around the country who use the National Aquarium as a monitoring and research centre.
The National Aquarium has strong partnerships with a number of organisations to undertake its guardianship role as Te Whare Tangaroa O Aotearoa including:
- Department of Conservation
- Ministry of Fisheries
- National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
- Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
- Ngati Kahungunu
Each year the National Aquarium supports specific conservation projects to raise money to help care and protect native animals such as Kiwi, Tuatara and Geckos. Throughout our organisation complex steps are taken to ensure environmental practices are followed including:
- Adhering to strict quotas and hold permits when replenishing the Oceanarium tank’s fish stocks from the ocean
- Sourcing as much local produce as possible in the Fish Bowl Café
- Recycling where possible including turning used office paper into notepads for staff
- Utilising leaf litter from the Guavas Forest to supply natural flora and invertebrate life for its kiwi and tuatara
- Separating used coffee grounds in the Fish Bowl Café to be used as compost by staff
- Limiting the use of plastic bags in the Treasure Chest Gift Shop and only using biodegradable ones.
The National Aquarium believes in building awareness of the importance of conservation
through its own actions and aims to ensure its work today will have an impact into tomorrow.