The Kermadec region is significant to New Zealand and the world, providing an important safe haven for threatened species and an underwater frontier that scientists are only now beginning to explore. In September 2015, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced the government’s commitment to create a 620,000-square-kilometer ocean sanctuary in the Kermadecs, constituting one of the largest fully protected areas of ocean in the world. Pew and its partners have advocated for establishment of this sanctuary to safeguard critical species and support healthy ecosystems in the region for generations to come.
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As spring began to thaw the Southern Hemisphere last fall, The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Amelia Connell joined scientists for an Oct. 20-Nov. 8 expedition to explore and study New Zealand’s remote Kermadec region, located in the Pacific Ocean 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) northeast of the nation’s North Island. Read More
The Kermadec region of New Zealand, located 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) northeast of the nation’s North Island, represents one of the last frontiers in marine and island exploration. The Kermadec Islands and the surrounding ocean are home to a wide array of species and serve as an important migratory pathway for marine mammals making seasonal journeys between tropical and cooler waters.... Read More
New Zealand Prime Minister Rt. Hon. John Key and Minister for the Environment the Hon. Dr. Nick Smith officially unveiled legislation March 8 to create the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary at an event in Wellington. Read More
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation have joined forces in a new partnership with the goal of increasing the number of fully protected parks in the sea from nine to 15 by 2022.
Where We Work
Global Ocean Legacy works with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.
From Easter Island to New Zealand: Ocean Conservation across Polynesia
Thousands of miles of ocean separate the islands that shape the Polynesian Triangle — anchored by New Zealand (Aotearoa) in the west, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) to the southeast, and Hawaii to the north.
Map of the Kermadec Region
The Kermadec region – between New Zealand’s North Island and Tonga – is one of the last relatively untouched wilderness areas on the planet.