Ocean Lovers

Our supporters are people and organisations who passionately believe we need to do everything we can today for a better tomorrow. They’re ocean lovers. Like us they know Aotearoa has a special role to play in the fight for a healthy ocean.

Their generosity supporting the organisation and amplification projects means 100% of public donations go to the projects we support.


Live Ocean’s founding partners have stood beside us from the beginning. They’ve supported us through our early days as we’ve developed. They’re family.

AKO Foundation

The AKO Foundation, established by Nicolai Tangen the founder of AKO Capital, has become increasingly concerned by the effects of the changing climate on future generations and biodiversity. Their foundational support of Live Ocean acknowledges the role that New Zealand has to play to in protecting and preserving the 4th largest ocean space in the world and the critical nexus between ocean and climate.


Bayleys Foundation

With over 75% of New Zealanders living within 10km of the coast, the Bayleys Foundation recognises the importance of protecting and restoring the ocean for future generations. As a New Zealand company with over 90 offices up and down New Zealand, supporting Live Ocean’s mission to amplify and accelerate positive action for the action was a natural fit.


Forsyth Barr

Forsyth Barr was Live Ocean’s first foundation partner and an integral part of Live Ocean’s formation. Forsyth Barr is a New Zealand business and now operates 23 offices across the country. Like us, they’re a local organisation with a global outlook and a belief that New Zealand has world-class talent and environment that needs supporting.


Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation

The Whakatupu Aotearoa Foundation is a private philanthropic trust and strategic investor in supporting our natural environment and communities to build resilience. Founders, Ian and Wendy Kuperus, are also founders of NZ’s first Tax Pooling intermediary – Tax Management New Zealand. Innovation, leadership and collaboration are part of their DNA. As a foundation partner of Live Ocean, they see the potential to unlock capability and funding for ocean conservation here. When their people and their clients are at work, they’re helping build a better New Zealand.




Our major supporters are part of the Live Ocean family. They’re with us all the way.

APL Window Solutions

APL is the largest window solutions provider in Aotearoa and has been proudly family-owned and NZ Made for 50 years. They have an ongoing commitment to the local community, the environment, and the regeneration of Aotearoa’s natural biodiversity. Recognising the vital role ocean restoration plays, APL has partnered with Live Ocean to accelerate positive change through the support of marine science and innovation with global implications.


Dentons Kensington Swan

Dentons Kensington Swan is committed and passionate about the ocean. Not only are their values consistent with our mission, their pro-bono support was instrumental in the foundation of Live Ocean. They continue to provide ongoing legal advice to ensure we are compliant with all relevant laws and regulations and governed in accordance with international best practice.


Donovan Group

Donovan Group is known for solving entrenched construction challenges since the 1960s through innovative building products and technologies. Though their focus is global, their roots sit deep within New Zealand. Backed by a passionate team of dynamic thinkers with a strong commitment to sustainability, Donovan Group is proud to align itself with Live Ocean and help protect our oceans for future generations.

Doyle Sails

As sailors, their obsession with sailing connects them to the water. The ocean’s health is key to the sustainability of their business, and they endeavour to continuously improve their actions to ensure this is protected. As a global business, Doyle Sails aims to think global with their goals, but take local action to ensure their voyage impacts the local communities first, and will lead to a fairer, regenerative and sustainable business and planet.



The Finesse whānau love spending time on the water and are passionate about the health of our oceans. The Finesse Foundation, a private philanthropic trust, supports programmes that conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources. The foundation has been established to strategically invest in programmes to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.  Finesse builds deep connections with people and places, helping to create sustainable residential communities across Auckland and Waikato.

We’re from here, for here, for good.



Generate is a proud supporter of its members local communities and our environment. As well as getting behind local initiatives Generate became a signatory of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) on 9 May 2018 and believes that the proactive management of ESG issues will deliver stronger long-term investment returns. This year the Generate team around the country braved Live Ocean’s annual mid-winter dip, showing their amazing support for Live Ocean.


Hugo Charitable Trust

Maryanne Green established the Hugo Charitable Trust in 2017 to continue the legacy of helping others started by her father, Hugh Green. Hugh Green’s aim was to assist poor people in social and medical areas; to give back to the people of New Zealand but never forgetting where he came from.


Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust

The Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust, established by Lady Joyce Fisher in March 1975, is committed to identify and develop future New Zealand leaders through development of leadership skills and values. Their commitment to Live Ocean will engage young New Zealanders through innovation, science and mātauranga Māori, to understand the impacts of our changing ocean.



OMEGA is synonymous with innovation, precision and a pioneering spirit – demonstrated by its exploration of the ocean and space. In sports, the brand has served as the Official Timekeeper at 30 Olympic Games, multiple America’s Cups, and has supported Team New Zealand since 1995. Most importantly, OMEGA has a tradition of quality in watchmaking, along with a commitment to social causes and the protection of our planet.


Sir Eion + Lady Jan Edgar Charitable Trust

Sir Eion and Lady Jan Edgar are passionately committed to New Zealand as demonstrated by their philanthropic support of sport, the arts, health research and the environment. The couple were involved with the albatross centre at Taiaroa Head and have supported Live Ocean since its inception and its first project, which focused on the Antipodean albatross.

The Lou + Iris Fisher Charitable Trust

The Lou and Iris Fisher Charitable Trust’s support of Live Ocean extends the late Lou and Iris Fisher’s love of the ocean to respond to today’s environmental challenges. Lou Fisher had a passion for sailing and founded the Spirit of Adventure Trust. Now under the Chairmanship of son Stephen, the Spirit has been giving young kiwis life changing voyages for 50 years.

The Mace Charitable Foundation

The Mace family are passionate believers in the need to support world-class marine science to help inform decisions and policy that will shape our future. They also know first-hand the role that sailors can play as champions for a healthy environment and have been a fundamental part of shaping Sir Peter Blake’s legacy for young people in our country.



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