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National Competitions


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Young Ocean Explorers Sea Week Schools Competition

All NZ teachers and students. Enter the ultimate Young Ocean Explorers Sea Week contest here: to win $20 000 of incredible prizes for you, your classroom and school!

TAG A TEACHER, STUDENT OR PARENT (with younger students) so they can enter here to win!

The 5 prize packages are listed below.

THANKS to our incredible sponsors for providing us with all these AMAZING prizes! PADI Global Dive Paihia Dive Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Experiencing Marine Reserves – EMR Project Jonah New Zealand BLUNT Umbrellas New Zealand Geographic HECS aquatic Wilderness Motorhomes New Zealand Perfect Day Dive! Tutukaka Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura Whale Watch Kaikoura Flying Kiwi Parasail, Paihia, Bay of Islands Dive Kaikoura Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre

Thanks also to Young Ocean Explorers‘ awesome partners: Department of Conservation Kiwi Conservation Club Forest & Bird Sea Cleaners Science Learning Hub Gulf Innovation Fund Together Foundation North The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation New Zealand Underwater Association (NZUA)

Teacher (and partner):

Wilderness Motorhome (3 nights) from Friday afternoon till Monday afternoon (valid May – Oct 2018). Pickup Christchurch Airport.
Dolphin Encounter swim in Kaikoura.
Whale Watch trip in Kaikoura.
One year free subscription to New Zealand Geographic.
1 ‘Classic’ Blunt umbrella.
1 Young Ocean Explorers book.

For your school:

30 ‘Classic’ Blunt umbrellas with your school logo printed on them.
10 Young Ocean Explorers books.
One year free subscription to New Zealand Geographic.

For your classroom (up to 30 children and 2 adults):

Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) snorkeling day at a Marine Reserve of your choice (6 options of marine reserves to choose from).
One year free subscription to New Zealand Geographic.
5 Young Ocean Explorers books.

For the adventurous teacher (1):

PADI Open Water dive course for 1 adult (through Global Dive, Auckland).
Wilderness Motorhome (3 nights) for 2 people from Friday afternoon till Monday afternoon (valid May – Oct 2018). Pickup Auckland Airport.
PADI Advanced Dive course for 1 adult (through Paihia Dive). 5 dives on the boat, including the Rainbow Warrior and Canterbury wrecks.
$120 ‘Ocean Positive’ Fourth Element swimwear voucher.
Tandom ride with Flying Kiwi Parasail in Paihia.
One year free subscription to New Zealand Geographic.
1 ‘Classic’ Blunt umbrella.
1 Young Ocean Explorers book.

For your classroom:

Project Jonah visit (Auckland only) with a blow up pilot whale to run a two hour beginners whale rescue course.
One year free subscription to New Zealand Geographic.
5 Young Ocean Explorers books.


1 ‘Classic’ Blunt umbrella
1 Young Ocean Explorers Book

FOR YOUR Classroom:

Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium entry (for up to 30 students and 2 teachers)
One year free subscription to New Zealand Geographic.
5 Young Ocean Explorers Books.

For the winning student (Year 13 and under):

3mm single piece HECS wetsuit and additional wetsuit hood.
Young Ocean Explorers Mask and Snorkel.
1 set of flippers.
Family pass (4 people) onboard ‘Perfect Day’ heading out to the Poor Knight Islands for the day.
Family pass (4 people) into the Shark Cage at Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium.
1 ‘Classic’ Blunt umbrella.
1 Young Ocean Explorers book.
One year free subscription to New Zealand Geographic.

For the winning student’s classroom (up to 30 children and 2 adults):

Choose between:

Auckland Whale And Dolphin Safari afternoon on the water.
One year free subscription to New Zealand Geographic.
1 ‘Classic’ Blunt umbrella for your teacher.
5 Young Ocean Explorers books.
or …

PADI Bubblemaker program through Kaikoura Dive.
One year free subscription to New Zealand Geographic.
1 ‘Classic’ Blunt umbrella for your teacher.
5 Young Ocean Explorers books.
Classroom Prize Package
Classroom Prize:


Adventure day with the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education Recreation Centre (MERC).
One year free subscription to New Zealand Geographic.
2 ‘Classic’ Blunt umbrellas (one for the teacher and one for a student).
5 Young Ocean Explorers books.

Contest closes March 11 at 5pm




Fish4All Seaweek 2018 Poetry Competition

Fish4all is a free recreational fishing smartphone App, designed by and for New Zealand recreational fishers to:
• enhance fishing experiences now and into the future,
• contribute to the information data pool on recreational interests in key shared fisheries,
• provide a simple and easy means to fund enhanced recreational representation in shared fisheries.

It’s a fun and practical fishing tool AND by entering your catch you contribute to solving the problem of the lack of real time recreational data which currently limits the ability to understand and manage fisheries sustainably. Fish4All gives Kiwi anglers a fun and practical tool to log their catch and help grow the community data pool.

National Poetry Competition for Schools
This year, Fish4all is running a poetry competition during SeaWeek (3-11 March 2018) to:
1. Promote the use of the Fish4all Recreational Fishing App.
2. Raise awareness about shared sustainable fisheries and how data supports management.
3. Promote the use of technology to simplify the data collecting process.

Poems may be of any poetic form. They must be no more than 20 lines and must include the word “Fish4all”. Submit your poem to by Sunday 11th March 2018 at 12 noon. Queries welcome to the same email. The competition is open to all primary and intermediate schools in New Zealand. NZAEE Seaweek reserves the right to use any entries for promotional purposes.

1st prize: A sustainable seafood BBQ cooked for the whole class, at the school at a mutually agreed time.
2nd prize: $50 fishing voucher, Fish4all branded hat and Sammy plush toy.
3rd prize: $20 fishing voucher, Fish4all branded hat and Sammy plush toy.

You can download the Fish4all mobile phone app by clicking here – and start recording your recreational fishing catch today!



2018 Photo Competition – Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet

The 2018 Guardians of Pauātahanui Inlet photo competition is underway. The competition is open to everyone. The photos must be taken of the Inlet or the immediate surrounding area. They can be entered in five different categories, comprising Scenic, Nature, Recreation, Human Impact and Artistic. Entries will close on April 20. For more information refer to our website at


Cornwallis Sand Sculpture Competition

Image: Jacqui Geux

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 11am – 2pm with Sand Sculpture Competition judging at 1pm
Location: Cornwallis Beach, Pine Ave entrance off Huia Rd, Waitakere Ranges.
Cost: Free

Join the Seaweek and Sustainable Coastlines crew at Cornwallis for a family activity day.

From 9am you can register for the Manukau Harbour Love Your Coast clean-up at Cornwallis and take your team to any spot you like along the northern Manukau coast. Return your gloves and rubbish to Cornwallis and join us for a BBQ free for participants.

There will be a number of eco-education stalls to browse and learn about our environment and how to stay safe in the water.

From 11am you can register for the Sand Sculpture Competition on the beach with a range of fantastic prizes to be won.

Three categories:

  • Children sculpture under 16 years old – Prize: Book The Collins Guide to the NZ Seashore thanks to Harper Collins Publishers
  • Adult sculpture – Prize: Kilwell Sports fish smoker thanks to Kilwell Sports
  • Family/group of adults and children sculpture – Prize: Kayak and paddle worth $800 thanks to Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust
  • Plus the People’s Choice award – popular vote – Prize: $100 cash thanks to Friends of Regional Parks

Thanks to all our sponsors but especially the Waitakere Ranges Local Board and the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust.



Horizon’s Regional Council Selfie Competition (Whanganui / Manawatu)

To celebrate Sea Week (3-11 March), we are holding a selfie competition! Visit your favourite beach in our region, collect any rubbish you find, and take a selfie with your collection, or the most interesting piece. Upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #seaweekselfie and the tagged location for the chance to win a beach themed prize pack. Sea week celebrates healthy seas, healthy people. So, renew your connections with the sea and keep our coastline and seas healthy for all.



Wonderful Wai Whale Island Competition (Bay of Plenty)

Post a Tweet to CourtneyPaigeA4 @A4Paige about your ‘fast forward’ view in how we can contribute to healthier waterways.

You can link us to a Rap,Video, Drawing, StopMotion Animation or Poem.  You decide.

Hash Tag in #EastBayReap #WonderfulWai #Seaweek2018 #KGKayaksWhaleIsland

Open to ages 12+

Entries Close 7th March 2018

Prizes: Five trips to Whale Island  – Paddle in Paradise up for grabs.

Whale Island is 9km off the coast from Whakatane and it’s a kayaking paradise. We meet at the Whakatane Yacht Club Wharf, close to the i-Site and after a biosecurity check we welcome you on board the boat, Centaurus, a well appointed sailing catamaran. After a safety briefing from Baz the skipper and with kayaks loaded, we head down the Whakatane River and out on to the ocean for the 45 minute trip to Whale Island. En route we’ll give you a little history of the area and of Whale Island itself and discuss kayak safety. We usually start at the most sheltered corner of the Island and give everyone an opportunity to become accustomed to kayaking on the ocean, before heading off on our tour.
Wildlife encounters, whether NZ fur seals, little blue penguins or gannets plunging into the ocean around us are common and the scenery is always breath taking. When the conditions are right we are able to explore the sea caves on the North West corner.
After two hours of paddling, we return to the boat for a hot cuppa (tea, plunger coffee, hot chocolate etc), perhaps a swim and a few yarns from the boat skipper before the return trip to Whakatane. You’ll love it ! We do !
Tour time 4 hours +
Departs 8am or by arrangement
Special note October 2017 – Baz the skipper recently obtained a consent to land on the island and we are now integrating a visit to the HOT WATER BEACH at Onepu / Sulphur Bay into this trip.



Fishackerthon (Auckland)

Calling all hackers and geeks!

Fishackathon is an epic, global hackathon to help make Earth’s waters, aquaculture, and fisheries more sustainable & equitable.

Fishackathon Auckland ( is part of an epic partnership between the U.S. Department of State and HackerNest in dozens of cities around the world that seeks to make Earth’s waters, aquaculture, and fisheries more sustainable and equitable.

Happening in Auckland the weekend of February 10-11, 2018 with over $8000 worth of prizes for local teams.

Sign up now at or contact the local organiser graham.harris@hackernest,com


Seaweek 2018 Driftwood Sculpture Exhibition and Competition (Hawkes Bay)

Enter the Creative Arts Napier Driftwood Sculpture competition and see your work as part of the CAN foyer display over the month of March, celebrating Seaweek 2018.

Using suitable materials found on the beach, create an exciting and inventive picture, sculpture or hanging for display. Only materials found on the beach can be used and may include rubbish as well as driftwood and stones.

Two categories: Under 16’s or Over 16’s.
Prizes will be awarded for the People’s Choice from each category.
It’s free to enter but if you wish to price your work, CAN charges 30% commission on any sales. Entries close on Wednesday 28 February at 4pm.

If you don’t wish to enter, come along and see the creations and vote for your favourite!

Seaweek is an annual marine education, action and awareness event coordinated by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE).

For more information and an entry form, contact or download a pdf version from the CAN website.


Seaweek World Oceans Day Poetry Writing Competition for Hawkes Bay

Credit: John Cowpland / alphapix

To be held in Term 2 over April / May / June 2018
Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People” themed poetry competition with winning poems read at Seaweek World Oceans Day poetry reading night.
Entry forms on
Contact: Carol 833-5424 or email

Seaweek World Oceans Day Poetry reading night Thursday June 7 at 7pm
Experience the magic of listening to the winners of the poetry competition read their work alongside the fish at the aquarium!
Contact: Carol 833-5424 or email


Biennial Canterbury Seaweek Art Competition

Enter our biennial Seaweek Art competition. Great prizes to be won at each level.
Please submit by 4pm Friday 23rd February 2018 to Youth Engagement team, Environment Canterbury, P.O. Box 345, Christchurch 8140 or deliver to Christchurch office, 200 Tuam Street, 8am-5pm.

Create an art work that captures the essence of the theme for Seaweek. Ultimately your art work should demonstrate how healthy seas supports healthy people; this will help raise awareness to the connections between us, our society and the seas.

There are four categories:
• Primary a) Y1-4
• Primary b) Y5-8
• Secondary Y9-13

NOTE: All art work must be clearly labelled with Name of artist, Age category, Name of school and/or contact details.
School groups: Please note that only the best three art works from each category within your school will be accepted as we just don’t have the room or resources to cope with more. Whilst we encourage schools to get behind this competition we suggest that teachers run a competition within school to choose the 3 best entries to submit.
ECE groups: As per school groups BUT should you prefer to create a mural with your children please restrict the dimensions to 120x90cm.
Home-school & individual submissions: As for school groups, and only one submission per person.
For further information contact:
E: or M: 027 7030 772



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