Our Objectives

The Blue Cradle Foundation is a Trust (incorporated 4th June 2020) based in Ōtautahi / Christchurch, and a New Zealand registered Charity (23rd June 2020 - CC57834)

Our legal constitutional goals

  • To promote the conservation and regeneration of the ocean’s ecosystems and species.
  • To promote and support communities working on ocean health impact solutions in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.
  • To promote ocean literacy, marine science and conservation education and ocean science for sustainable development.

Blue Cradle is based in Ōtautahi / Christchurch, the country’s second largest City in population, close to Whakaraupō / Lyttelton harbour, New Zealand’s third largest port. We are lucky to call this region home, inside a marine mammal sanctuary, with unique marine biodiversity, and the gateway to Banks Peninsula, Te PātakaoRākaihautū / Horomaka.

Being based in the “garden City” in Canterbury,  one of our goals is to give visibility to the coastal and marine environment, whilst celebrating Christchurch’s unique coastal and offshore features. We strive to grow relationships with the local marine communities, the port authority, the fishing industry, hapū and community groups, cultivating our sense of belonging, and supporting our ocean identity.

Our approach is to be as close as possible to the needs of the local population and stakeholders, especially iwi, hapū and whānau. We work with the City Council, Environment Canterbury, scientists, schools, tertiary education providers, companies and government agencies to bring ocean science and conservation issues to the forefront, while enhancing multiple audiences’ ocean literacy.