Maui Dolphin Day is back, and we need your help!

Whaingaroa is a truly special place, a small town with a huge heart. While the size of our community ebbs and flows every summer, the Raglan community stays strong to care for our home, our whanau and our environment.

Whaingaroa is home to many treasures, including the critically endangered Maui Dolphin. Every year, for 15 years, we celebrate this at the annual Maui Dolphin Day. A day to enjoy entertainment from local musicians and youth, to share a kai put on by local fundraising groups, to learn about how to care for our oceans and, of course, to witness or take part in the wacky, splashy, action-packed, infamous Xtreme Recycled Raft Race.

Thanks to Stephen Reid, a long-time supporter of the event with Raglan Kayaks for this Facebook post after last year’s event. I feel that it’s a really important event for our community. It’s fun, creative, a show case of local talent, cultural, educational and a great fundraiser for local groups. Next year we should all make an effort to either build a raft and race it with friends and family or attend as a spectator to support this positive community.

This year’s Maui Dolphin Day is on Saturday 18th March. Come along to have a stall, get on stage, or lend a hand and show your support for our environment. Whaingaroa Environment Centre and Xtreme Zero Waste are also seeking sponsors for the 2017 event to keep Maui Dolphin Day alive. Please get in touch with Bexie ( to discuss sponsorship, or to offer to help us out by being a part of the day.

This is an event for the community by the community. Thanks Whaingaroa!

Whaingaroa Environment Centre