No ratepayer funding shall be used

The investment

The budget is $9 million for the construction of WhaleSong including foundations.

Budgets and an engineering report are available and a site-specific feasibility assessment is currently underway with the first report in our hands, by engineering firm BECA NZ Ltd. A publicly-notified resource consent would be required from Kapiti Coast District Council and the Trust is working closely with the Mayor and council officers to streamline that process.

Funding sources


The trust’s position in realising this exciting sculptural installation is that no ratepayer funds shall be used. It is envisaged that Whale Song will be funded in the following ways:

Private investors are being sought to enable this project to move forward with funding for concept and story development, feasibility, detailed costings and consents, plus potential for;

  • The provision of land for placement of “Whale Song.” (Completed)
     *Through the generous support of the Ngahina Development Ltd this key item has been been secured. A 100+ year perpetual lease has been signed on the one acre site as described earlier in this document.

  • Naming rights over the sculpture

  • Founding Donors - Donate $10,000 or more and receive a limited edition Whale Song Marquette

  • Lotteries Significant Grants fund

  • Government Funding – Infrastructure, Culture & Heritage, Tourism, Education

  • Seeking contributions from philanthropists with a connection to, or deep interest in, the area, whales or conservation.

  • Legacy gifting – for those wanting to leave a long term legacy for the region.

  • Donations or services in kind from and through local businesses

  • Merchandising – some examples below

  • Donation of commercial space (e.g. warehouse, hangar, land with temporary building) for the duration of the construction

  • Collection of aluminium by the community and from Council’s waste collection

  • Sponsorship arrangements for

-  insurance 

-  utilities
-  vehicle
-  tools

-  construction and materials
-  legal – Many thanks to Kapiti Law
-  accounting – Many thanks to Deans and Associates

-  web production and other marketing services

  • Wages offset by employing labouring staff through TaskForce Green or other subsidised programmes.

  • Community fundraising – for example, Humpback ‘piggy banks’ in retail outlets; merchandising

  • Seeking grants from arts bodies, community trusts

For further information or if you are wanting to discuss joining us on this exciting journey,

please contact us.