Founded in 2012, the Kaikōura Ocean Research Institute Inc. (K.O.R.I) is a network of marine researchers and educators who are committed to protecting Kaikōura’s marine environment and wildlife.

We are a registered non-profit incorporation and a registered charity in New Zealand:

Incorporated society – registration number 2561480.

Registered charity – registration number CC51830.


Mission Statement

1) Conduct meaningful scientific research on the Kaikoura marine environment and the animals that live within it,

2) Contribute towards the creation of a local database of marine mammal and penguin sightings,

3) Integrate local marine research into the community through school programs, field courses and public events.

Read our Strategic Plan 2018-2022.