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Whalebus Design Competition: & Whale Rescue

Whalebus Design Competition Marks the Beginning of Relationship Between and Whale Rescue Charity Project Jonah

Whales and buses aren’t traditionally associated with one another. However, whale rescue charity Project Jonah and low fare travel provider are collaborating in a new and exciting way. To mark the start of this relationship, will be painting one of their buses in a marine conservation theme.

To engage their supporters, they are running a ‘whalebus’ design competition that will feature the winning artists work on the side of a bus travelling around New Zealand. The entrants are encouraged to use their creative flair to design the bus’ livery; from a bus sized whale to a mural of dolphins spread across the length of the bus, Project Jonah and have an open mind; any design will be accepted as long as it has a marine theme.

Open to all New Zealanders over fifteen years old, entrants must get their designs in before the deadline of 31 August 2013.

The winner will be invited to the official launch in Auckland and will receive a prize package worth over eight hundred dollars, not to mention the privilege of seeing their design cruising around New Zealand.

Daren Grover, General Manager of Project Jonah, voiced his excitement for the project;

“This is a very attractive opportunity for emerging graphic design students to get their name and work out there on a real world project for a great cause”.

The support of is invaluable for Project Jonah. “As a small ‘not for profit’ charity we are always looking for new ways to grow awareness of our cause. This is a fantastic opportunity to really interact with our supporters and inspire the creative culture of New Zealand”.

Both and Project Jonah supporters will benefit from this relationship with some excellent collaborative opportunities. This design competition is only the beginning.

Chief Coach of, Hamish Nuttall, explains how environmental awareness and protection of the New Zealand environment has a growing importance to their brand and customer base. “A significant proportion of our customers are tourists, from both overseas and New Zealand, who are mostly here to experience the beauty/majesty/100% pure New Zealand environment.”

“We believe now, more than ever, it is important to protect our natural environment. By supporting Project Jonah, we hope this public awareness drive will inspire others to come on the journey so they can continue protecting the marine environment.”

To get the full brief, terms and conditions and the design templates, entrants can visit the Project Jonah Facebook page or the following web site:

Project Jonah has been actively saving stranded whales for more than 25 years. Through dedicated training and education programmes, Project Jonah provides an emergency service for stranded whales and dolphins in New Zealand. It relies solely on volunteers and donations to carry out its work. are a cheap, long-distance bus company that travels to 320 towns and cities around New Zealand. has stripped the cost of travel by cutting out unnecessary costs like paper tickets, salespeople with expense accounts and large terminals. Instead they offer comfortable fast coaches with friendly drivers, and of course cheap (and cheerful) prices.


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