Aotearoa New Zealand’s marine environment is 15 times larger than its land mass. Along with the privilege of such a large and bountiful ocean surrounding us comes the responsibility to look after it.
There are currently 44 marine reserves, but they cover less than 1% of our ocean. In the future, and with the support of New Zealanders, the number of reserves will be expanded, and together with other forms of protection, will form a conservation network that protects the full spectrum of marine species in our waters.
These stamps offer a tantalising snapshot of some of the many charismatic creatures that call our marine reserves home.
Date of issue: 7 February 2024