Support the World Wide Fund for Nature
One of the reasons we work hard at our business is so that whenever we get the chance we can head out to sea, into the bush or simply spend time at home where we live in the countryside. We are privileged to live in a place where dolphins, seals and even whales frequent the coastline, where anyone has access to remote areas and the natural world is just across the paddock. But while enjoying these things we’ve realised just how fragile nature is and what a great effect human kind has on it.
You might think that as a retailer of cool electronic products for your home, Totally Wired might be an unlikely supporter for such a cause. But this is a personal issue for us. We live overlooking Warrington Beach, north of Dunedin which is also home to a handful of Hector’s Dolphins. Every time we venture out into the bay, we look for the Hectors. Every time we find them it is both a thrill and a relief that they are still there. The fact that we also choose to take our holidays in remote places like Fiordland and Stewart Island where, despite comparative isolation, it is a readily apparent that pressures from both commercial and recreational fishing are impacting on many species, further sharpens our resolve to do something.
Your Gift with Purchase
If you make a significant purchase from us you’ll receive a special gift and we’ll donate to WWF–NZ. We appreciate you have chosen to purchase from us and by doing so you are helping us help nature.
Hector Dolphin Adoption If your purchase is NZ$ 6000+ Or NZ$ 4000+ of NZ made product or products combined you’ll get to adopt your very own Hector’s Dolphin. You can even give it a name. This comes in the form of a beautifully presented pack which includes a cute fluffy dolphin.
Music4Mauis CD Purchase at least NZ$ 2000 and we have an equally nice gift for you instead – the 'Music4Mauis' CD. This CD features 11 tracks from NZ artists including Don McGlashan, The Black Seeds and Fur Patrol. The featured artists have donated their work and all proceeds go towards conservation of the Hector Dolphin. It is a lovely compilation of music and would appeal to virtually all listening tastes. All proceeds go towards more dolphin research and conservation initiatives through WWF-New Zealand and the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust.
Below this level you may still find a little WWF gift from us.
Is your purchase a gift? Free blank card with purchases over NZ$ 200 that are for a gift. We’ll include a beautiful WWF card with your gift that you can either fill out yourself or if we are sending your gift directly to the recipient we can put in a note from you. We’'ll also gift wrap for you.
We’ve chosen WWF because they are a large organisation who can make a difference. They have a broad program while focusing on the areas that are of greatest concern and there is excellent research behind the work they do. We’ll then be helping the earth and it’s creatures survive making the world a better place to live. As a customer of Totally Wired you will be instrumental in achieving this worthy goal.
We encourage you to visit the WWF Websites and learn about their principles and activities. In New Zealand www.wwf.org.nz or the WWF global site at www.panda.org.
The plight of NZ’s special Hector dolphin
Hector’s dolphins are unique to New Zealand. It is estimated that there are only 7381 left of this endangered species, down from over 25,000 in 1970. They are intelligent and social animals, not to mention extremely cute and have never done anything to hurt anyone. Yet their numbers have been decimated as they stray into set nets and their habitat is degraded. Of the Maui dolphins that live around the North Island it is estimated that there are as few as 110 left. Sadly one was recently killed. With such low number this was indeed a tragic yet an avoidable death.
Latest studies show they are on a 'course for extinction'.
But it is not too late for our favourite dolphin. WWF – the World Wide Fund for Nature – have a fund raising programme specifically targeted at saving the Hector’s Dolphin. By challenging New Zealanders to adopt and individual dolphin (or even better a small group), WWF are able to raise awareness, and directly contribute to the survival of the species.
Read the latest updates on the plight of the Hector Dolphins and WWF’s campaign to save them. Forest and Bird are also strong strong advocates for the Hector dolphins. Their page on the critically endangers sub species, the 'Maui' is particularly informative.
When we visited Dusky Sound in Fiordland in 1998 we became acutely aware of how much damage has been done to New Zealand’s environment – While the photos depict idyllic scenes, they hide the almost total annihilation of native bird life in the area caused by introduced weasels, stoats and ferrets. Despite being in the heart of a National Park there is virtually no protection for any species below the waterline. Isolation is proving to be no safeguard as uncontrolled overfishing threatens what should be a heritage area for all to enjoy in the future. For more information on how to see Fiordland, visit our friends at Fiordland Wilderness Experience.
We’d like to think that you will buy from us simply because we offer you the best products, good value for money and help you with worthwhile information. But if we can also do something worthwhile along the way it is a good thing, and in a world of rampant consumerism this might appeal to you. Even if you don’t make a purchase from us – why not take up the challenge of helping the Hector’s Dolphins – just click on the banner below to find out more.