1 APRIL 2021 – 31 MARCH 2022

Live Ocean Foundation partners with exceptional New Zealand marine scientists, innovators and communicators to scale up action for a healthy ocean. A healthy ocean for a healthy future.


Kia ora tatou, [Greeting sentence].
While there is broad understanding of the precariousness of our future, the role a healthy ocean plays still remains out of our national discourse. This is despite Aotearoa’s ocean space dwarfing our land area by more than 15 times. The ocean and climate nexus presents huge challenges, but with that comes opportunity to benefit a better future for us all.

At Live Ocean we are action orientated and it’s with delight that we can report the organisation grew steadily over the year with a [30% TBC] increase in fundraising income. Including Live Ocean USA, the revenue for FY 22 was [$XYZ] with [XYZ%] of our expenditure directed to the science, innovation and outreach we support. 

The growth in funds was a significant accomplishment in a difficult year with an extended lockdown and ongoing disruptions. As well as bringing in important funding to accelerate the projects we support, Live Ocean has a key role to play in shifting the narrative from ‘it’s too hard’ to ‘it’s too important not to’. Social licence will be a critical factor in the movement needed to spark national focus. 

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Our alignment with sport and this year’s partnership with the New Zealand SailGP Team has allowed us to stretch our reach and to reach new audiences and we’re excited about the potential.

As always, we remain committed to good governance. Thank you to my fellow trustees Shelley Campbell and Jez Fanstone for your insights and focus. To our US Directors, Amanda Martin, Erin Miserlis and Jez Fanstone, also thank you. The US contribution has been significant to this year’s financial success. To our founding partners, core supporters and trusted advisers, your efforts and support of the Live Ocean kaupapa is central to our ability to make a difference.

Our founders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke continue to inspire us with their belief we can be so much better, their energy, tenacity and most of all their love for the ocean.

Ngā mihi,
Miranda Burdon

Kia ora Live Ocean whanau,

The opportunity to use our sport to connect audiences with the vision for a healthy ocean has been something we’ve always seen from the outset of Live Ocean. This year as the foundation came on board as the charity partner of the New Zealand SailGP team, this vision became a reality. It’s much more than a logo on the F50 – it’s been a powerful platform to shine a light on the issues facing the ocean.

The SailGP event in Cadiz in October was a proof point for how sport and conservation can intersect and provide a moment and focus for impact. We shared the story of the plight of Antipodean albatross and proudly displayed the image on the wing of the kiwi boat. The event itself became a key moment as the governments of New Zealand and Spain announced the commitment by both countries to improve fishing practices to avoid the capture of seabirds in southern fisheries. It was hugely rewarding to see this agreement come into place.

Later in March, the New Zealand team made history by becoming the first winners of the Impact League. The USD$100,000 prize for Live Ocean will fund important work in the Hauraki Gulf into kelp restoration and to grow understanding of the role kelp plays in carbon sequestration.

As well as that the team have got a huge amount out of the relationship with Live Ocean [get something from Anna here].


Tena koutou, We’re proud to present our second annual report. For a young organisation we’ve made signfiicant strides and now entering our third year with our strategy tested and embedded, we’re [?].

The central theme for the year is undoubtedly collaboration, despite the physical barriers the extended lock-down created. Our partnerships both with the people and businesses who support us and also the scientists, innovators and communicators we fund are the essence of how we work.

Now, with the partnership with NZ SailGP we’re able to take these insights and the ambition for a healthy ocean to the world stage, in a way that is unique to Aotearoa New Zealand. We also collaborate widely with others in the conservation sector but have also created relationships and networks with ocean sports organisations.

A massive thank you for the steadfast support in a time where everyone was stretched, both in business and personally. Your unwavering commitment to us and a healthy ocean during difficult times will always be remembered. Together, we will press forward to drive action for the ocean in the crucial window between now and 2030.

The strategy of identifying the talent and bringing in funds and connecting people to the issues has proven itself and solidified.


 Through the year it was satisfying to see our impact grow through these partnerships,  including;

  • A second year of support Dr Emma Carroll’s southern right whale research

  • A focus on supporting kelp restoration research & role the kelp plays in carbon sequestration

  • Support of the voyage to the Antipodes Islands to preserve the near 30 year data set on the Antipodean albatross

  • We also developed new relationships including with Te Toki Voyaging Trust

  • Funded Project Kahurangi, an image and video bank for the conservation sector to enable more effective conservation messaging

      The southern right whales are one of our country’s best conservation stories. It illustrates what can happen when regulatory change, public sentiment are combined with a space and time. Technology will play an important role in data collection, analysis but nature based solutions will safeguard our ocean of the future.

      Thank you to our small (but mighty!) Live Ocean team for your dedication and good humour. In difficult circumstances you shone….


    Greyscale team member image of Miranda Burdon

    Consolidated financials for Live Ocean (New Zealand) and Live Ocean (USA) for 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021. Full audited 2020-21 financials for Live Ocean Charitable Trust Group (NZ) are available here. Live Ocean USA granted 501(c)(3) status during 2020. Form 990 submitted to the US Inland Revenue Service.

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    Taking the Message Forward
    through SailGP

    Shining a spotlight on the plight of the Antipodean albatross {link to the A.A work} and working to stop their freefall into extinction has been a key part of the New Zealand SailGP team’s partnership with Live Ocean Foundation.  

    This video highlighting the threat to seabirds and calling for action in the SailGP global broadcast reached 3.7 million people in 175 territories. 

    During their time in Cadiz, Peter and Blair spoke at the SailGP Champions For Change Event, alongside New Zealand’s Ambassador to Spain Nigel Fyfe. They also spoke with the Spain’s Secretary of State for Sport José Manuel Franco to discuss the role of sport in creating meaningful change. 

    This action set the stage ahead of the signing of a Bilateral Agreement between Spain and New Zealand governments to boost protections for threatened seabirds in December 2021. 

    “This wouldn’t have happened without the leadership and determination of Pete Burling and Blair Tuke who for the past two years have been championing the Antipodean Albatross alongside the New Zealand scientists, agencies and communities committed to saving them from freefall to extinction.” – Nigel Fyfe, New Zealand Ambassador to Spain


    The New Zealand SailGP Team’s Impact League win has supported meaningful impact on multiple levels; from the USD $100,000 prize money supporting critical kelp regeneration work by the University of Auckland, media exposure to this critical issue and the power of sport to drive change, through to connecting with Dr Sylvia Earle, and providing opportunities to activate this story throughout the following season as research progresses. 

    The prize money is being used to support research led by Dr Nick Shears and Dr Caitlin Blain from the University of Auckland, into the significance of kelp forests and their regeneration {Link to Kelp Section}.

    Over 50% of the planet’s oxygen comes from the ocean, meaning kelp forests are not only vital to the health of the ocean, but the planet as a whole.  Yet, many vital marine habitats across the globe are experiencing a kelp forest decline, causing habitat and biodiversity loss. Kelp regeneration research is investigating solutions to protect and restore kelp, in the hopes of restoring balance to the oceanic ecosystem. 

    This research will also have a significant contribution in informing the blue carbon conversation, ultimately steering future policy, corporate decision making and understanding of the ocean x climate nexus.

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