Application for Whalebone

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust – Application for Whalebone


Eligibility to Apply

  1. Only registered members of Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust are eligible to apply.
  2. If the whalebone is to be a koha to someone else, the recipient’s details must be provided.

What you need to know to apply

  1. You can apply at any time throughout the year although it is important to realise that whalebone is a scarce resource and may not always be available.
  2. A completed carved article or raw whalebone will be provided.
  3. Applications are considered by the Board (or its delegated committee) and approved at Trust Board meetings. It is recommended that application forms are received at least one month prior to a Trust Board meeting.
  4. Applications must be delivered to the Trust office either in person, by email or post.
  5. Application forms must be completed in full and all requested information included.
  6. You will be notified in writing within three weeks of a decision by the Trust.
  7. The information you provide in your application will be held by the Trust and may be used for statistical purposes.
  8. If you wish to dispute the Trust’s decision this will be referred to the Board for consideration.

Successful applications

  1. Whalebone must be picked up personally from the Trust Office.
  2. The letter notifying you of the Trust decision must be provided at the time of pick-up.
  3. Upon collection, a unique reference number will be recorded on the Whalebone Register along with the signature of the applicant. Once signed for, the item cannot be changed.
  4. A Certificate of Authenticity from the Trust will be made available proving ownership.


CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals does not threaten their survival.

Be advised that the taonga you have applied for and received is viewed by New Zealand and other countries as covered under CITES. If you choose to take the item out of New Zealand, you risk having the item seized permanently.

To fully understand what is required regarding permits to move items out of, and back into, New Zealand the Trust strongly recommends that you visit the following Department of Conservation website:

Ngāti Tama ki Te Waipounamu Trust will not be held responsible if you choose to ignore this advice or do not have the correct CITES paperwork should you decide to take the item out of New Zealand.

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