The Kaikōura Ocean Research Institute is a registered charity meaning that we rely on funding, and your donations to enable us to continue protecting and researching Kaikōura’s beautiful marine environment.

The money you donate could go towards the following:

KORI director Jody Weir sitting in the front of the research zodiac with equipment for blow sampling on Hector's dolphins.

Research and Admin Costs

Research equipment allows KORI to carry out its field work researching our marine mammal populations, and protecting our little penguin colony.


Time on the water

KORI's marine mammal surveys, and Hector's dolphin health studies help us understand our local species, and the threats facing them. Fuel costs alone can be anywhere between $50-100 NZD/day.


Two little blue penguin chicks with most of their adult feathers inside one of KORI's purpose-built nest-boxes

Run a P.E.A.P. for a class of students

Help a class of students get a closer look, and a better understanding of Kaikōura’s little blue penguin colony.


Internship Programme

Help support young researchers and educators get experience with KORI.


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Thank you for your support!