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The Mārahau pledge A group of Te Tauihu-based tourism operators have made a groundbreaking commitment to regenerative tourism. The Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealand’s smallest and most popular national park. Many people’s journeys into the Park start from Mārahau, a small coastal settlement. Every tourism operator based out of Mārahau – from water taxis and kayaking to canyoning and walking guides – have come together under a new initiative called the Mārahau Pledge. Developed in partnership with the Nelson Regional Development Agency (NRDA), the Mārahau Pledge is an active commitment from the local tourism operators to care for the environment. For visitors leaving from Mārahau it means they will have a zero carbon experience regardless of which Mārahau operator they choose. A portion of every ticketed experience will go to projects focused on improved biodiversity and conservation outcomes for Mārahau Village and the surrounding area. Additionally, all the businesses signed up to the pledge will share knowledge that will improve the sustainability of tourism operations. SUPPORTING MARINE CONSERVATION Project Kahurangi, Aotearoa New Zealand’s first free non-profit digital library, has been built to aid the work of Kiwi marine organisations by removing the barrier that marine conservation groups face in accessing high-quality visuals to tell their stories and connect people to the urgency of the issues. Supported by Live Ocean Foundation, Project Kahurangi is the brainchild of ex-Ocean Race sailor, photographer and videographer Gareth Cooke. Born from his concern for the state of the ocean, he took action when he saw a need for compelling imagery to connect Kiwis to this vital issue. “I noticed some of the communications coming out around ocean restoration lacked impact visually, leaving the story half told,” says Cooke. “People need to see first-hand what is going on but also to be visually inspired enough to be more empathetic to our amazing ocean environment. We need to act with a sense of urgency, because if we don’t, who will?” Project Kahurangi is freely available to all non-profit groups, educational institutions, iwi/hapū and whānau kaitiaki who require imagery for non-commercial ocean conservation use. projectkahurangi.co.nz