We stay connected with our communities through regular interaction with community representatives including the Picton Regional Forum, Pelorus Promotions, Picton Business Group, The Marlborough Cruise Think Tank, the Waikawa Ratepayers’ Association and the Smart and Connected groups in Havelock and Picton.
We appreciate the opportunity to support community-based organisations, and prioritise partnerships that provide consistent community and environmental benefit. During 2019 we finetuned our sponsorships to more fully align with our purpose and values.
Port Marlborough has enduring relationships with these groups:
→ Port Marlborough Pavilion at Endeavour Park
→ Picton Resource Centre
→ Marina 2 Marina Event
→ Picton Maritime Festival
→ Picton Christmas Parade
→ Havelock Mussel Festival
→ Marlborough Nelson Marine Radio
→ Havelock Mens’ Shed
→ Picton Food Bank
→ Coastguard Marlborough Vessel Storage
→ Marlborough Sounds Community Vehicle Trust
→ Marlborough Girls’ College
→ Marlborough Boys’ College
→ Queen Charlotte College
→ Sounds Discovery Fund
→ Queen Charlotte College Aquaculture Programme
→ Marlborough Colleges Sailing Club
→ Queen Charlotte Yacht Club
→ Waitohi Rugby Club
→ Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary (foundation partner)
→ Picton Dawn Chorus
→ Envirohub Marlborough
→ Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards (marine category
→ Marine Farming Association Environment Award
→ Totaranui 250 Trust
Port Marlborough considers sponsorship applications from community groups and individuals each year, in July and November. If you would like to be considered for sponsorship, please complete the form below and attach your proposal. Please allow 14 working days for response.
In 2018 Port Marlborough launched the Sounds Discovery Fund, aimed at encouraging a strong connection between school students and the Marlborough Sounds. Our hope is that greater appreciation and understanding of this unique environment and its human heritage will support our young peoples’ sense of care and guardianship.
In 2018, year the fund sent over 300 children from thirteen Marlborough primary schools on a full-day ‘Voyage of Discovery’ aboard the gaff-rigged pilot cutter Steadfast in Queen Charlotte Sound. The children sailed the vessel; sampled plankton; identified seabirds and dolphins; measured speed and depth using traditional methods; and used an underwater video camera to see what was happening on the seabed.
This interactive and fun experience developed and led by Richard de Hamel of Otago University was an absolute hit with the students and certainly gave them a greater understanding of the ecology and biodiversity of the Marlborough Sounds.
In 2019 the Sounds Discovery Fund helped students engage in the Tuia 250 commemorations by bringing them to Picton to visit the voyaging fleet of waka, and tall ships Endeavour and Spirit of New Zealand, to learn about Pacific, Maori and Polynesian voyaging by sea, with an emphasis on the Marlborough Sounds.