official launch
of MĀUI63

Team at MAUI63 launch

We were thrilled to watch the culmination of years of hard work by our friends at MĀUI63 as their drone project was officially launched in February 2021. The official launch was announced by Prime Minister, Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern and Hon. David Parker, Minister of Oceans and Fisheries, honing in on why this work is important, and puts conservation tech front and centre for the work that can be done to make a real difference to our endangered species. We are proud of being involved as a tech partner, providing our R/VISION platform to visualise the data being collected by the drone.

MAUI63 drone and platform

"The government is contributing more than half a million dollars to this project through the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Sustainable Food and Fibre Futures fund, as well as time from the team in Fisheries New Zealand, to enable further testing and validation of the technology that MAUI63 has developed. Ecologists are increasingly using drones to gather data, from assessing penguin population numbers in inaccessible areas of Antarctica to surveying elephants in the African plains. The technology is improving all the time, and we’re excited about its potential to drive improvements in how we fish and how we manage and regulate the fishing industry." - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

The efforts of MĀUI63, WWF, Sanford, Moana and MPI working together show how much good can come out of intentional partnerships.

You can read more about the launch in the below media links:

How a drone could save our rarest dolphin |

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveils plan to save Māui dolphin - NZ Herald

World's rarest marine dolphin finds protection in this flying friend (

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