The Waiheke Working Sail Trust exists for the following charitable purposes:
(a) To build or buy, own and operate one or more auxiliary sailing ships based on Waiheke Island on a not-for-profit basis, for the purpose of sail training, carrying cargo and carrying passengers;
(b) To preserve the tradition and skills of tall ship sailing and maintenance while adapting it to present needs for Youth Development, carrying cargo, and tourism;
(c) To foster qualities of courage, reliability, empathy, perseverance and leadership in young people, to allow them to learn more about their potential skills, aptitudes and capabilities and to thus make a positive difference in the lives of those who come on board, whether there for a day, a week, or longer;
(d) To promote assist and undertake research into environmental and conservation matters relating to the islands, the peoples, the waters, and the flora and fauna of the Hauraki Gulf;
(e) To investigate initiate and implement conservation and education projects;(f) To liaise with Government agencies, local government, schools, iwi, and community and business organisations to achieve a cooperative approach to solving environmental problems in the Hauraki Gulf;
(g) To advocate good management of the Hauraki Gulf now and in the future for the conservation of the natural environment of the Hauraki Gulf.