No ratepayer funding shall be used

The investment

The budget is $14 million for the construction of WhaleSong including foundations.

A publicly-notified resource consent would be required from Kapiti Coast District Council and the Trust is working closely with the Mayor and KCDC 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:

Funding investors are being sought to enable this project. See below for funding options or talk to us if you have an exciting alternative funding idea.

  • 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 7 whale sculpture

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

  • On-Line FundraisingDonorBoxGive-a-Little

  • On-Line Awareness -  WhaleSong Website, WhaleSong Facebook Page, Google Ads

  • 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.
    Talk to us about your desires/wishes in leaving a legacy. Is this legacy for you, or to recognise another family member, friend or associate. The trust will assist with the legal resources to provide security of your bequest, ensuring it is only utilised for the creation of a lasting 1000+ year bronze art installation, “WhaleSong”, along with associated community programmes, significantly enhancing the social, cultural and economic future of our region.


  • Donations or services in kind from and through local businesses

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

  • 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 – many thanks to Kylie Van Dyke

  • Wages offset by employing labouring staff utilising Government subsidies/back to work training schemes

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

  • Seeking grants from arts bodies, community trusts

  • Merchandising – some examples below

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

please contact us.