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Maui’s Dolphin Day and Recycled Raft Race set to make a splash

Once again the Maui’s Dolphin Day and Recycled raft Race returns to the Kopua Domain this Saturday 10th March with a day jam-packed with activities, competitions and live music celebrating Raglan’s community and our marine environment.

The Maui’s dolphin is the world’s smallest dolphin and is found only on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand and nowhere else in the world. With less than 150 left in the wild, it is New Zealand’s rarest dolphin and classified internationally as critically endangered.

Raising awareness about the Maui’s dolphin as well as other environmental issues, the highlight of the day will be Xtreme Waste’s annual Recycled Raft Race, which will see contestants racing their vessels, using at least 80% recycled materials, in a bid to claim the title for the year.

Peggy Oki, surfer, activist and only female member of the iconic Dogtown, Z-Boys skate team will be making a special appearance taking photos as part of a visual campaign and petition ‘Let’s Face It’ — raising awareness about the plight of the Maui’s dolphin.

New Zealand born pro-surfer and marine advocate, David ‘Rasta’ Rastovich will also be in attendance, screening his new movie, Minds in the Water, after the event at 5pm.

A day filled with entertainment, the event features live music by local musicians, Little Lapin, Marten ten Broek, Leon from Katchafire and Ashley Knox as Blue Stratos as well as key speakers from organizations like the Department of Conservation, Project Jonah and Forest and Bird.

With more activities and surprises planned, head down to Raglan’s Kopua Domain on March 10th to find out more! If the weather is bad, the event will be held at Raglan Town Hall.

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