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Reotahi - Community Guided Snorkel Day

January 21, 2017, 10:00am - January 21, 2017, 3:00pm

Explore the waters of the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve at Reotahi with an experienced snorkel guide, you never know what you might spot? Discover pipefish, triplefins or nudibranchs. Fun for the w...

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Cable Bay Community Guided Snorkel Day

January 21, 2017, 9:00am - January 21, 2017, 4:00pm

Presented by the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme. Our free snorkel days are a fun way to learn how to snorkel and explore Cable Bay Horoirangi Marine Reserve. Sponsored by Port Nelson, T...

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AUCKLAND

FN-Logo-Full-Colour-CMYK_0There will be lots of Seaweek 2017 events happening in Auckland and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Auckland Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Mels Barton – email: mels@subliminal.co.nz, phone 021 213 7779

 

Auckland Seaweek 2017 Events:

 

Love Your Coast Manukau Harbour Clean-up Public Event

Saturday 4 March 2017, times TBC.

Join Sustainable Coastlines Love your Coast from Monday 28 February to Friday 28 March 2017 to give back to the taonga (treasure) that is the Manukau Harbour. With 386 kilometres of coastline, attempting to clean up the entire coast of the Manukau — Aotearoa/New Zealand’s second largest natural harbour – is a massive task. We need your help.

To register your interest and find out more details click here: http://sustainablecoastlines.org/event/love-coast-manukau-harbour-2017/

Anyone organising their own clean-up event around the Manukau Harbour (or anywhere else in the country) please let us know and we will promote it for you here. Email mels@subliminal.co.nz with your details.

Public clean-up day with Clean-up Stations around the Harbour takes place on Saturday 4 March, times TBC. Clean-up Stations will be at the following locations:

Cornwallis Beach (Pine Ave) – with eco stalls, kids activities and a sand sculpture competition
Waikowhai (Waikowhai Park, Waikowhai Rd)
Onehunga (Taumana Reserve, Orpheus Drive)
Mangere Bridge (Mangere Boating Club, Kiwi Esplanade)
Weymouth (Weymouth Rugby Club, Gibbons Rd)
Clarks Beach (Torkar Rd beach access)

 

Goodbye Godwits

Sunday 26 February 2017 from 11am to 2pm at Ambury Regional Park, south Auckland.

Bar-tailed Godwits are long haul champions with the longest known flight of any migratory bird traveling 11,000 km non-stop return from Alaska to New Zealand. Come and join us to wish these frequent flyers goodbye and good luck.

Event includes a walk and talk, suitable for all ages, and family activities.
Bring binoculars if you have them, suitable walking shoes, camera, water, sunblock and bring a friend!

Contact: Janine Nillesen on janine.nillesen@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or Ph 09 636 6118

Thanks to Auckland Council for supporting this event!

 

 

Bill Ballantine Memorial Lecture and Ocean Champion Award

Thursday 2 March 2017 at 7pm at the University of Auckland

The University of Auckland’s Institute of Marine Science presents the annual Bill Ballantine Memorial Lecture and panel discussion.

The evening will also feature the Seaweek 2017 Ocean Champion award ceremony.

More details to come.

Thanks to the University of Auckland for supporting this event!

 

Silo Park Seaweek Market

Saturday 25 February 2017 from 12 noon to 6pm at Silo Park, corner of Jellicoe and Beaumont Streets, downtown Auckland.

Silo Park is well known for the quality and variety of goods on offer at its weekly markets. This season will be no exception, with Silo Friday Night Markets featuring everything from second hand books, arts and craft, recycled clothes and fashion designers. The Saturday Markets are all about art and craft, with a special marine themed market especially for Seaweek.

If you would like to have a marine stall at this market please contact mels@subliminal.co.nz to register.

More details: https://www.silopark.co.nz/silo-markets/

 

Silo Park Seaweek Stories with Young Ocean Explorers

Sunday 26 February 2017 from 1-2pm at Silo Park, corner of Jellicoe and Beaumont Streets, downtown Auckland.

Meet the Young Ocean Explorers Riley Hathaway and her Dad Steve and hear them read some stories for Seaweek.

More details: https://www.silopark.co.nz/silo-stories/

 

 

Seaweek Children’s Day on Rotoroa Island

Sunday 5 March 2017

Coinciding with world Children’s Day is this kid-focussed day of marine activities on Rotoroa Island thanks to the Rotoroa Island Trust.

Discount on 360 Discovery ferry will apply, more details to come.

Contact: Angela Bishop email: angela@rotoroa.org.nz Ph: 0800 76 86 76

More information: http://rotoroa.org.nz/

 

FLICKS Presents Sonic Sea

Friday 3 March 2017 at Lopdell House Theatre, Titirangi, west Auckland.

FLICKS TITIRANGI presents Sonic Sea. Multiple award winning film.

Oceans are a sonic symphony. Sound is essential to the survival and prosperity of marine life.
But man-made ocean noise is threatening this fragile world.

Sonic Sea is about protecting life in our waters from the destructive effects of oceanic noise pollution.

More information on the film: http://sonicsea.org/

FLICKS TITIRANGI: https://www.facebook.com/Flicks-Titirangi-361732447349535/

 

EcoDay

Sunday 9 April 2017

EcoWest Festival will end with a bang with EcoDay, the biggest eco family day in Auckland! This free event will take place at the EcoMatters Environment Centre & Olympic Park with live music, great food and a variety of eco activities to enjoy.

Do you want to have a stall at EcoDay to promote your organisation or to sell your sustainable and upcycled goodies at the market? Or perhaps you would like to organise an Eco Art activity, do a live demonstration or host a workshop?

Need more information or keen to discuss your ideas? Talk to Angela on 021 0228 2549 or at ecoday@ecomatters.org.nz

Stall registrations need to be in before Friday 27 January 2017.

 

Ecowest Festival

Saturday 11 March to Sunday 9 April 2017

EcoWest Festival gives Aucklanders an opportunity to get involved, show our environment some love, learn something new, and discover amazing places and the people who look after them. Register your event before 27 January for inclusion in the festival by contacting Myrthe on (09) 826 4276 ext 110 or at ecowest@ecomatters.org.nz

More details at: http://www.ecomatters.org.nz/ecowest-festival/

 

 

Westhaven Marina Open Day

Sunday 19 March 2017 at Westhaven Marina, downtown Auckland.

Westhaven Marina’s Open Day is an opportunity for all Aucklanders to visit this iconic Auckland location and to enjoy marina tours, fun activities, a marine market, interactive activities, sailing sessions, boat displays (all sizes from model boats up), paddling, and for the kids a sausage sizzle, facepainting, and a bouncy castle. Learn about sustainable fishing practices from Legasea, and even try your hand at fishing, and find out about Westhaven’s Clean Marina and Blue Flag environmental programs too.

More details at http://www.westhaven.co.nz/westhaven/news-events/openday/

 

The River Talks

Wednesday 1 March – Friday 3 March 2017 from 12.30pm to 3.30pm at 122 Elstree Ave, Glen Innes, Auckland.

MAD AVE is proud to present The River Talks; a striking multimedia arts and science production on the banks of the Omaru River in Glen Innes. The ‘River Talks’ promises to move and inspire you with powerful displays of Maori history, innovative artistic flair and insightful technical infotainment.

Ko au te awa, ko te awa ko au is a whakatauki (proverb) which translates into ‘I am the river and the river is me’. Our project asks the audience to confront the reality of a dying and polluted river that was once the lifeline of this community.

Mad Ave is committed to using the arts as a tool for transformation that creates real change in places where it matters most; at the heart of Community. Don’t just sit back and watch our rivers die!

Come along and join the movement as The River Talks.

The River Talks has been the catalyst for some of the most exciting community led action in Auckland.

Since the first 2013 River Talks Mad Ave has gone on to:
– Coordinate 16 major ecological events
– Worked with over 700 volunteers
– Planted almost 15000 native trees
– 3 rubbish clean ups
– Work with local schools to develop awareness around the environment
– Partnering with Council and Local Board to build the Omaru Restorative Action initiative
– Employed 20 locals for various roles of the work

Please go to this website for more info: http://www.madave.co.nz/o-r-a
Contact Tamati on tamati@madave.co.nz if you want to organise to bring big groups or schools.

 

Community Guided Snorkeling at Whangateau

Sunday 5 March 2017. Registrations from 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Getting there: We will be set up North of the Whangateau Holiday Park. Park next to the playground.

Explore the waters of the Whangateau Harbour. Find spotties, parore, eagle rays, mullet and triplefins. Fun for the whole whanau. Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day. Koha/donations welcome.

Supported by the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation.
Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting.

Postponements on our website www.emr.org.nz and and facebook.com/mtsct.emr more info contact auckland@emr.org.nz

 

Community Guided Snorkeling at Tawharanui

Saturday 4 March 2017. Registrations from 12pm noon to 4pm
Back-up date Saturday 11 March. Back up location – Jones Bay

Getting there: We will be set up by the beach at Tawharanui Regional Park. Follow the signs.

Explore the waters of Tawharanui Marine Reserve. Find crayfish, snapper and parore. Fun for the whole whanau. Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day. Koha/donations welcome.

Supported by the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation and Seaweek.
Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting.

Postponements on our website www.emr.org.nz and and facebook.com/mtsct.emr more info contact auckland@emr.org.nz

 

Community Guided Snorkeling at Waiheke Island

Saturday 18 February 2017. Registrations from 10.00am to 3.00pm
Back up location – Matiatia Wharf.

Getting there: Catch the ferry to Matiatia and catch the bus to the corner of Hauraki and Karaka Roads

Explore the waters of Enclosure Bay, Waiheke. Find spotties, parore, goatfish and the occasional snapper. Fun for the whole whanau. Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day. Koha/donations welcome.

Supported by the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation and Seaweek.
Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting.

Postponements on our website www.emr.org.nz and and facebook.com/mtsct.emr more info contact auckland@emr.org.nz

 

Community Guided Snorkeling at Takapuna

Sunday 22 January 2017. Registrations from 12pm noon to 4pm
Back-up date Sunday 5 Feb 11am-3pm

Getting there: We will be set up North of the boat ramp at 24 The Promenade, Takapuna. Parking is pay and display on the surrounding streets.

Explore the waters of Takapuna. Find spotties, parore, goatfish and the occasional snapper. Fun for the whole whanau. Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day. Koha/donations welcome.

Supported by the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation.
Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting.

Postponements on our website www.emr.org.nz and and facebook.com/mtsct.emr more info contact auckland@emr.org.nz

 

Community Guided Snorkeling at Torbay

Saturday 21 January 2017. Registrations from 12pm noon to 4pm
Back-up date Saturday 4 Feb 11am-3pm

Getting there: We will be set up at the bottom of Rock Isle Rd, Torbay, Auckland. Parking is along the surrounding streets.

Explore the waters of Torbay. Find spotties, parore, goatfish and the occasional snapper. Fun for the whole whanau. Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits.

Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day. Koha/donations welcome.

Supported by the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation and run with Wettie Spearfishing & Wetsuits.

Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements on our website www.emr.org.nz and and facebook.com/mtsct.emr more info contact auckland@emr.org.nz

 

Community Guided Snorkeling at Motutapu Island

Saturday 14 January 2017. Ferry leaves from Auckland CBD ferry building at 8.15am – Please don’t be late. Ferry leaves arrives back in the CBD at 3.30pm.

Where: Motutapu Island, ferry is arriving at Home Bay and leaving from the Auckland viaduct.

Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the first Motutapu Community Guided Snorkel Day. Snorkel and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket!

Ever wondered what lives under the water at Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf? Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for a snorkel with our experienced guides and get FREE mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit hire. Only a $10 ferry ticket to get onto the island! Safe fun for the whole whanau!

See baby parore, spotties, eagle rays, triplefins and possibly an elusive snapper!
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/HAzRB6jiHK2AnjSq1

What: Snorkelling at Administration Bay, Guided walks around the new planting, exploring the WWII gun emplacements and a picnic lunch on the beach!

Parking: Limited in Auckland CBD – I would recommend catching public transport.

What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes, raincoat, water bottles, walking shoes, a picnic lunch and a torch if you want to explore the tunnels.

Payment: Is required to reserve your spot – payment can be made here (if done via PayPal the tickets will cost $10.80) please use the same details as the registration form: http://emr.org.nz/index.php/shop/product/66-motutapu
Or you can use a direct transfer to the account
ANZ Whangarei 01 0487 0083337 02
Please reference the payment with your last name and cell number

Please note that there will be a ~45min walk to get from the ferry at Home Bay to the snorkel site. Reasonable level of fitness required. Suitable for children aged 5 and above.

For more information email Lorna on auckland@emr.org.nz

This event was sponsored by The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation, Sea Week & Roam Experiences. It is run in conjunction with the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp (Official).

Please note that the ferry ticket is non-refundable (unless we have a waitlist) and the trip will run rain or shine! Our snorkel location will be Administration Bay or Home Bay – Dependent on the weather. If you are late and miss the ferry unfortunately there are no refunds.

 

Community Guided Kayaking at Pollen Island

Saturday 7 January 2017 from 2-5pm at Te Atatu Boat Ramp, Te Atatu, West Auckland. Please park on the road.

Explore one of the hidden gems of the Hauraki Gulf, one of our most visited marine reserves with experienced kayak guide. You never know what you might spot! Kayak through mangrove forests. Fun for the whole whanau – recommended for children over 7. Children under 13 need an adult companion. Registrations are essential. Only 48 spots available. Sea conditions permitting. Free kayak hire. Donations/koha welcome.

Registrations essential. To register please email Lorna on auckland@emr.org.nz with the number of attendees and your preferred time slot.
Sessions are 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Bring: Footwear for kayaking. Spare change of clothes.
Lifejackets are provided

 

Mountains to Sea Wānanga – Conference

Friday 21 to Sunday 23 April 2017 at Omaha Marae, Leigh, Auckland.

Theme: Citizen Science” for marine and freshwater conservation action and education”

Purpose: An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation.

Objectives:

  • provide a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for sustainability initiatives and projects around science communication
  • provide professional development opportunities
  • provide a forum to discuss the effectiveness of existing and potential partnerships that foster action for marine and freshwater conservation
  • ensure strong delivery of the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection (WBC) concepts around New Zealand
  • raise the profile and value of citizen science whilst exploring what it actually is – workshop on what citizen science means for New Zealanders

Wānanga registration will include:

  • powhiri at 11am on Friday 21st April
  • marine & freshwater keynote presentations from Dr Victoria Metcalfe, Sally Carson and Dr Nick Shears
  • fresh wholesome meals and marae accommodation over the 3 day conference – wānanga
  • idyllic scenery at the location near New Zealand’s first marine reserve  
  • marine and freshwater field trips including local conservation initiatives and attractions
  • an opportunity to share your own project during ‘show n tell’, displays & facilitated workshops
  • inclusion of local residents, tangata whenua & conservation groups throughout the programme

Note: There will be an additional 1.5 days of specialist training workshops for Experiencing Marine Reserves & Whitebait Connection coordinators prior to the wānanga (Wednesday 19th and Thursday the 20th of April)

Previous wānanga proceedings http://www.emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/wananga-proceedings/2016-MTSCT-Wananga-Proceedings.pdf

Registrations essential Early bird till 31st January 2017 $390 waged professional, $290 non waged/student/teacher/not for profit (from the 1st Feb 2017, prices will increase by 10% to $319 and $429).

For more information, registration details and invoices contact:

Samara Nicholas (09) 433 8205 or 021 036 2019 or samara@emr.org.nz  or visit http://www.emr.org.nz/index.php/events/55-annual-marine-and-freshwater-wananga-conference to complete the online registration. Please note that credit card payments options are possible via http://www.emr.org.nz/index.php/shop but will incur an additional 5% charge of your registration fee.

Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust would like to thank the Tindall Foundation, DOC Community Fund, 2 Plus and Curious Minds for funding support.  Also thanks to Ngati Manuhiri for supporting this wānanga.

 

Ranger Walk Conifer Grove Takanini

Tuesday 28 February 2017 from 9.30am until 12 noon. Meet at Main car park at Brylee Drive Reserve.

Join us for a coastal guided walk with an Auckland Park Ranger.

Bring your own water etc.

Free event.

Bookings are essential, max 25 people. Ph 09 3010101 or email: kara.goddard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Thanks to Auckland Council for supporting this event!

 

Ranger Walk Puhinui Reserve

Tuesday 7 March at 10am at Puhinui Reserve entrance, end of Prices road, Papatoetoe.

Free guided walk with Auckland Park Ranger along the conservation foreshore at Puhinui reserve. This area is usually not accessible to the public so a rare opportunity to walk along this coastal area, potential to see spoonbills that inhabit this area.

Wear sturdy shoes and bring own water bottle.

Free event.

 

Bookings are essential, max 25 people. Ph 09 3010101 or email: kara.goddard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Thanks to Auckland Council for supporting this event!

 

Guided Whau River Boat Tour

Saturday 4 March 2017 departing at 11.40am returning at 2pm from West End Rowing Club, 26 Saunders Reserve, Avondale.

Join us to learn about the history and ecology of the Whau River. Explore the coastal forests, intertidal mangrove and saltmarsh habitats along the Kurt Brehmer Walkway, Te Whau Coastal Walkway, Archibald Park, Whau estuary, Harbourview, Pollen Island and Traherne Island Marine Reserve areas.

• Dress suitably for the weather i.e. sun or rain protection, sunscreen
• Life-jackets, refreshments and binoculars supplied

FREE event – limited spaces so bookings essential – contact Natalie@whauriver.org.nz ph (021) 295-0136

Event kindly supported by the Whau Local Board.

More information: http://www.whauriver.org.nz/nzaee-seaweek-2017-guided-whau-river-tour

 

 

Matuku Link Open Day

Saturday 4th February 2017 from 10 am – 4 pm at 111 Bethells Road, Te Henga (West Auckland).
Celebrate World Wetland Day with a visit to Matuku Link, the 37 ha bush and wetland area bought after a successful fundraising campaign, to link Forest & Bird’s reserve Matuku with the other predator controlled areas and increase the safe zone for native flora and fauna.
With stalls, food and information on the future of this exciting project. Don’t forget your bathing suit and go for a dip at one of Auckland’s iconic black sand beaches afterwards!
Further information ph Annalily 021 220 7136

Thanks to Forest & Bird for supporting this event!

 

 

 

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