Have your say on an application by Sentient Productions Limited for a proposed filming operation in areas of the North Island. Submissions closed 17 November 2022.

Pursuant to section 5 (5) of the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978, and to a delegation from the Minister of Conservation, the Operations Manager, Aotea Great Barrier Island, Department of Conservation notifies that they have received a permit application from Sentient Productions Limited to film marine mammals using a drone, a kayak, and a vessel.

A permit under the Act is required to authorise activity outside of Part 3 of the Marine Mammal Protection Regulations.

Application details

Applicant: Sentient Productions Limited
Location of proposed activity: Land Based: Colville Bay, Matarangi Beach, Ohiwa Beach, Ohope Spit, Kairikari Beach, Spirits Bay, Paerengarenga

Oceanic Filming: Off the East Coast of the North Island between the Cavalli Islands and Matarangi Beach.
Permission type:  Marine mammal permit
Summary of proposal: The application is for a marine mammal permit for the purpose of filming with a drone, from a kayak, and from a vessel.
Application documents:  Application by applicant (PDF, 795K)

How to make a submission

Any person or organisation may make a submission in writing to the Director-General on the proposal.

Submissions closed 17 November 2022 at 5 pm.

Send us your submission

Send your submission by email or post. You'll get a confirmation email or letter when a submission has been received.
Subject line: Submission on Sentient Productions Limited

Department of Conservation
Christchurch Shared Services
Private Bag 4715
Christchurch Mail Centre
Christchurch 8140

Attention: Michael Dine, Permissions Advisor

Once submitted, submitters' information is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and may be released under that Act. If you wish to keep any part of your submission confidential, state this in writing when making your submission.

What happens next

After submissions close:

  1. DOC will analyse and consider all submissions and comments on the submissions.
  2. DOC will make a recommendation to the Minister of Conservation.
  3. The Minister of Conservation will make a decision on the application.


No details at this point. Details, such as submissions and the decision outcome, will be added when they are available.


If you have a question about the application or the submission process you can contact Michael Dine, Permissions Advisor. Email:

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