The launch of a National Whale Centre as a virtual museum is the first step in establishing an internationally connected institution that links the general public, interactive travellers, cetacean experts, museums and environmental organisations through an information sharing portal.
Once these links have been established and the requisite financial support is forthcoming the Centre will establish a semi-permanent info-centre on the Picton foreshore, the very epicentre of New Zealand’s former whaling industry.
Depending on local, national and international support, a permanent exhibitions and hi-tech information centre will be constructed on the chosen site.
The creation of the National Whale Centre is the result of many years of research into the creation of a Picton Foreshore attraction which addresses the unique position of New Zealand as an ocean nation with a 172 plus years history of whaling and subsequent shift to more sustainable aquamarine industries and associated ecotourism ventures.
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Please sign the petition to help save 180 fin whales about to be slaughtered!
Fin whales are magical giants of the sea. But in days, over 180 of these endangered species are set to be slaughtered by one tycoon and his buddies whose summer hobby is to harpoon them, chop them up and ship their meat through the Netherlands to Japan for dog food!
There is one way to stop the hunt before it starts — you can’t dock a boat full of illegal whale carcasses just anywhere. German and Finnish authorities have shunned the shameful trade. Now, the Dutch are the linchpin. They care deeply about their reputation as environmental leaders, and are hoping this bloody trade won’t get any global attention. But if we expose it now and demand the Dutch authorities refuse the transfer of whale meat in their port, we can stop the whale massacre!
We have to act fast — the whaling ships are due to start the hunt next week. Sign now and tell everyone to join — let’s build a one million strong campaign to Prime Minister Mark Rutte now warning him that we will create a media storm with giant whales on his doorstep unless he stops the transfer in Dutch docks.
On Friday 17 May the Marlborough District Council Mayor, Alistair Sowman was asked by the Project Director of the National Whale Centre, Luit Bieringa to draw a winner out of the hat for the first membership print prize draw. The Frizzell print being the first of several artists prints being produced to raise funds for the centre was won by locals Gerald and Diana Harper of Picton. Read the Stuff article here.
Welcome to our whale-kids monthly meet our whales newsletter.
Look for the May newsletter under Whale Kids, print it out and start a folder for your collection. The first newsletter introduces you to cetaceans in general with the next few being about specific species so stay tuned…
Each month we shall present details on one of the many whales that inhabit or visit our waters. Some of which you’ve probably never heard of.
We can also provide hardcopies by mail if you join up as a National Whale Centre youth member for $10.00 by posting a cheque to National Whale Centre PO Box 689, Picton 7250. When you join you will also be sent the 4 Gig sperm whale flash drive. Make sure you supply us with your postal address.
Come and join the journey.