The Foundation

The NZ Oceans Foundation was established and incorporated on 6 May 2019.  New Zealand has one of the largest maritime estates in the World (9th largest) and this offers opportunities for the future of New Zealand while at the same time conferring responsibilities of stewardship and ownership. With its networks across government, research institutes, industry and academia, the Foundation can provide advice and knowledge on matters maritime, environment and security in the areas of research, outreach and consultation.

Te Riu-a-Māui

Join us…New Zealand is the Earth’s eighth and newest continent. The name of this continent is Te Riu-a-Māui or Zealandia. It is quite unlike Earth’s seven older continents. Apart from the small portion that we make most of our living off, it is almost entirely submerged.  Indeed, as much as 94% of it is under water. It follows that we are an oceans-based continent. Our future sovereign wealth fund is under water. We need to find ways to access our oceans-based wealth if we are to continue to afford the education, health care, social security and other services demanded of us in a modern, low-emissions economy. And we need to do so in ways that do not repeat the environmental mistakes made on land.

It is timely that we consider the importance of the economic opportunity offered by this maritime resource.  With it may rest the key to repairing the damage left by 150 years of intensive rural productivity; address the impacts of climate change and offer the possibility of developing intergenerational wealth.

So, join us as we set out to learn what is being done within the New Zealand maritime estate to the resources of Te Riu-a-Māui and provide for its security.

Recent News


Moana Tuatahi As a maritime nation Aotearoa needs a world class aquarium to focus on Conservation, Education and Research. The New Zealand Oceans Foundation is delighted to support Project Shapeshifter – a project that is set to deliver such centre…


The latest MfE report on the Marine Environment points to a pattern of under-investment in basic science and the collation and interpretation of data that is required for effective national decision making in other areas that relate to the oceans.


Kelp farming in New Zealand has an obvious future as a macro-algae concentrate for soil and plant health, as an ingredient in various specialty food products and additives, as cattle feed and for the top dressing of pasture. Whether it can ever be farmed in sufficient quantity to act as a useful adjunct to carbon sequestration efforts on land remains to be seen. In her interview with Kim Hill on National Radio recently (12 October), Dr Marjan Van Den Belt mentioned a back of the envelop calculation that apparently showed that if a way could be found to grow kelp on offshore floating platforms in New Zealand’s EEZ, the amount of kelp required to offset ALL of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions would take up a mere 2% of our EEZ.


The Listeners probing editorial and recent attacks on Saudi oil facilioties should give us pause for thought. Is the risk of war increasing across the globe? Events in the Arabian Gulf and rising tensions between neighbouring states threaten to embroil the those with interests in the region. Are New Zealands interests threatened? And, what does it mean for our fuiture security?