The New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust was launched in 1992 by
researchers Drs Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson, along with Trust Patron
Sir Geoffrey Palmer to foster research and effective conservation
of whales and dolphins in New Zealand.
The Trust's long-term goal is;
"To enhance the current knowledge of behavioural ecology,
distribution and genetic diversity of New Zealand's whales and dolphins
and help create informed management decisions".