Shipping schedules Marlborough Sounds Marinas

Partnerships for People

We are proud locals. The Marlborough Sounds is where we choose to work, play, explore, relax and spend time with whānau, and also what sustains our work.

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, as well as our local schools.

Our core company value of Mahi Tahi ensures that we take a partnership approach to issues and ideas, and we are committed to working together with our staff, customers, iwi, communities and customers.

We appreciate the opportunity to support community-based organisations and we prioritise partnerships that provide consistent community and environmental benefits.

Port Marlborough has enduring relationships with these groups:

→ Port Marlborough Pavilion at Endeavour Park
→ Marina 2 Marina Event
→ Picton Maritime Festival
→ Picton Christmas Parade
→ Havelock Mussel Festival
→ Marlborough Nelson Marine Radio
→ Havelock Mens’ Shed
→ Coastguard Marlborough
→ Marlborough Sounds Community Vehicle Trust

→ Marlborough Girls’ College
→ Marlborough Boys’ College
→ Queen Charlotte College
→ The Port Marlborough 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
→ Seaweek

The Port Marlborough Sounds Discovery Fund

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 our ecosystems, as well as their human heritage, will support our young peoples’ sense of care and guardianship or kaitiakitanga of the Marlborough Sounds.

In the years since, the Port Marlborough Sounds Discovery Fund has supported thousands of Marlborough school children on trips ranging from sailing lessons with the Queen Charlotte Yacht Club, scientific sailing voyages with Otago University Marine Scientist Richard de Hamel, the sponsorship of the Tuia 250 schools’ day on the Picton Foreshore, and numerous educational and water-safety experiences.

In 2022, we have worked with the Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary to bring their “Turf to Surf” programme to life, which is a unique day out for Marlborough schools to learn about the land and water-based ecosystems of the Marlborough Sounds.

If your school would like to apply for funding for the 2022/2023 Port Marlborough Sounds Discovery Fund, which is allocated at our discretion for any Marlborough Sounds based educational experience taking place from July 2022 – June 2023 please email our Communications Manager Connie Smith at