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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 Regional Sponsors 2017

Auckland Seaweek 2017 Events:

 

Community Guided Snorkeling at Rotoroa Island

Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the first Rotoroa Snorkel Day run in conjunction with the Rotoroa Island Trust. Snorkel and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket!

Ever wondered what lives under the water at Rotoroa 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 $30 adult and a $15 child (15 and under) ferry ticket to get onto the island! Safe fun for the whole whanau! Only 80 tickets available!

See baby parore, spotties, eagle rays, triplefins and possibly an elusive snapper!
Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/XwWJczSvbql9yhx23

When: Saturday 8th of April 2017
Ferry leaves from Auckland CBD ferry building at 8.15am – Please don’t be late. Ferry leaves arrives back in the CBD at 6.30pm

What: Snorkelling at Ladies Bay, walking around the new planting, meeting the newest Takahe friends and a picnic lunch on the beach!
Where: Rotoroa Island, ferry is arriving at the Rotoroa Wharf and leaving from the Auckland viaduct.

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

What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes, raincoat, water bottles, walking shoes and a picnic lunch.

Payment: Is required to reserve your spot – payment can be made here (if done via PayPal the tickets will cost $32.40 or $16.20) please use the same details as the registration form:
Adult tickets: http://emr.org.nz/index.php/shop/product/67-adult-ticket
Child Tickets: http://emr.org.nz/index.php/shop/product/68-child-ticket

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 it is a long day out on the island. Reasonable level of fitness required. Suitable for children aged 8 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 Rotoroa Island Trust.

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 Ladies Bay or Cable Bay – Dependent on the weather. If you are late and miss the ferry unfortunately there are no refunds.

 

Pohutukawa Coast Clean-ups

Te Puru Community Centre is coordinating clean-ups of the entire Pohutukawa Coast from Pine Harbour to Duder Regional Park. Dates and times below. More details contact: Tracey-Lee Dalton email: tldalton@tepuru.co.nz

Omana Beach – Monday 27 February at 1pm. Meet at the Kindergarten.

Shelly Bay – Monday 6 March at 9am. Meet at the Playcentre.

Sunkist Bay – Thursday 9 March at 9.30am. Meet at the Playcentre.

Pine Harbour along to Motukaraka Island – POSTPONED at 10.45am. Meet at Beachlands School.

Keas Te Puru – POSTPONED at 4.30pm. Meet at Scout Hall.

Monday Cubs – 20 March. Meeting point TBC – contact scout leaders.

Tuesday Cubs – 21 March. Meeting point TBC – contact scout leaders.

Wednesday Scouts – 22 March. Meeting point TBC – contact scout leaders.

Thursday Scouts – 23 March. Meeting point TBC – contact scout leaders.

Thursday 23 March at 9am. Meet at Maraetai School.

Camp Sladdin waterway clean-up – Wednesday 12 April at 10am. Meet at Clevedon Kidz

 

Messy Play Session – Sea theme

Thursday 2 March 2017, 10-11am at 28c Rutherford Terrace, Meadowbank, Auckland.

Messy Play session for children aged 1-5, focus this week will be around oceans, and sea creatures. Learning through free play with messy / sensory mediums. We use play dough, finger paint, slime, rainbow rice, ice, water to have fun and learn about the ocean.

Please bring: Old clothes and a towel

Cost: $15 per child, or $20 two children.

Register at www.messitup.co.nz

More info: http://www.messitup.co.nz

 

Free Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean

Friday 3 March 2017, 6pm at Massey University, Albany Campus, Gate 1, 151 Dairy Flat Hwy, Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatres, room SNW 200.

A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

FREE screening. No booking required – first sit, first served basis, we can accommodate up to 200 in that room. Doors open 5:40pm

Contact- k.sokolova@massey.ac.nz

 

 

Commuters Clean-up Tamaki Drive

Thursday 2 March 2017, from 7.15 to 8am. Tamaki Drive – pedestrian bridge by Parnell Pools.

Clean up of plastic rubbish caught in the fencing along Tamaki Drive.

We are two teachers who carpool daily to and from Churchill Park School in Glendowie. We noticed a lot of plastic that was caught in the fence along the railway line on Tamaki Drive, and decided to organise a clean-up for Sea Week. Churchill Park School is a Green-gold Enviroschool, and as teachers we felt we should walk the talk and take action alongside our students. Please come along – many small deeds can have great impact!
Contact: Elise van de Ven email: elisev@churchillpark.school.nz Ph: (021) 275-4445

More info: http://www.churchillpark.school.nz/page/enviro-school/

 

Young Ocean Explorers Present: Exploring the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park!

Saturday 18 March 2017 at 8am sharp (check-in at 7.45am) from Viaduct Harbour, outside NZ Maritime Museum. Bookings essential – click here to book.

Thanks to our friends at Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, Young Ocean Explorers are offering the opportunity for you and your family to experience first-hand the wonders of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. This exclusive marine eco-safari will be hosted by Young Ocean Explorers Riley and Steve Hathaway and is available at a heavily discounted price.  You’ll also be helping us continue our work of inspiring kids to love our ocean.

  • 4.5 hour Eco-cruise on Auckland’s beautiful Hauraki Gulf Marine Park
  • Get up close and personal – as you encounter rare Whales, Dolphins and Seabirds./li>
  • Watch & Learn – With expert commentary/interaction with the Young Ocean Explorers and Marine Scientists.
  • Incredibly Convenient – departs from the Viaduct Harbour, down-town Auckland City.
  • Relaxed & Comfortable – 65ft luxury catamaran holds up to 100 people, with fully licensed café/bar.

Special pricees: Adults $120 (save $40)  Kids $75 (save $30)  Family Pass (2A+2C) $350

Important Information:

  • Weather:  Our safari is completely weather dependent.  Please refer to our website for trip status, we will also email and text you via the contact information provided should the trip be cancelled.
  • Check-in: Please check-in at the New Zealand Maritime Museum – 175 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour no later than 7:45am.  Please note that we reserve the right to re-allocate any seats that have not been checked in after this time. The safari departs 8:00am sharp (please ignore the terms and conditions page which indicates 1:30pm as this refers to our standard afternoon safari).
  • Marine-Mammal Guarantee: Please note that our marine-mammal sightings guarantee is not available on specialist trips such as this one.

More information: visit our website.

 

Ferg’s Kayak and SUP Rental Specials

Monday 27 February to Friday 3 March 2017 from 9am-5pm daily at Ferg’s Kayaks, 12 Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay, Auckland.

Get out on the water, explore the Waitemata Harbour during Seaweek and take advantage of special Seaweek rental prices.

$20 per person an hour for either kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard rentals! (Save $5 – $10 an hour!)

Come and visit us at Fergs on Tamaki Drive, mention Seaweek and get this special rental price.
Only during weekdays of Seaweek and only in Auckland.

Ferg’s on the water at http://fergskayaks.co.nz/ or 09 529 2230.

 

Save Our Shore: Browns Bay Seaweek Beach Clean Up

Saturday 25 February 2017 from 1-3pm. Meet at the end of Anzac Rd (Browns Bay, Auckland), by the car park next to the toilet block.

Seaweek 2017 aims to improve awareness and concern for how the health of our environment can adversely affect our own health. We want to add to that awareness by providing you with a little bit about the importance of not letting our beaches be spoiled by litter, then, using that knowledge to motivate us, we’ll go out and gather up as much rubbish as we can around the Browns Bay beach.

Bring a drink bottle and sun protection, we’ll provide the bags, buckets, and gloves.”
Free event
Contact: Emma Wingrove email: changetheworldwithagiraffe@gmail.com Ph: 021 0242 2242

More info on our Facebook event.

Seaweek – Explore Matakana River Tour Discounts

Daily from Sunday 26 February to Sunday 5 March 2017.

Step onboard and enjoy the scenic beauty, as we cruise on the sheltered safe waters.

Travel through a tidal wonderland showcasing New Zealand’s diverse landscape. Hop on board, grab a refreshment and relax as we turn the corner from the hustle and bustle of Matakana Township.

Captain Phil will give you an informative, amusing commentary on the way down the river, showcasing the history and tidal environment of mangroves, Native Bush and Farmland.

We turn around where the green of the upper fresh meets the vibrant blue water of Sandspit Basin.

Trip takes approximately an hour, still more than enough time to stroll around Matakana or further afield.

Check website for daily sailing times: http://matakanarivertours.co.nz/ Enjoy Seaweek discounts!

 

Seaweek – Auckland Adventure Jet and Duck Discounts

Daily : Saturday 25 February 2017 – Sunday 5 March 2017 9:00am – 5:00pm

Experience the Waitemata Harbour with Auckland Adventure Jet or Auckland Adventure Duck at special prices during Seaweek.

Adults ride at kids prices during Seaweek when you mention Seaweek!

Auckland Adventure Jet is an adventure tourism activity for thrill seekers to see Auckland City a different way, by jet boat! We offer jet boat tours on the Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, taking passengers for spins and tricks out on the water while telling them about Auckland City and its surroundings. These jet boat tours are tailored to weather conditions and passenger safety and comfort is of paramount importance to us.Auckland Adventure Duck is the first and only amphibious vehicle to touch down in Auckland. Drive along the road in the Duck bus enjoying a City tour along Auckland’s waterfront before the Duck bus splashes into the water! Cruise around Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour while viewing the city and Auckland’s Harbour Bridge from a different perspective. The Duck travels at 5 knots in the water to ensure you have a peaceful and enjoyable cruise around the Harbour.

Waitemata means “obsidian glass” and refers to the shimmering surface of the harbour sea. The harbour has many famous landmarks including Chelsea Sugar Refinery, The Harbour Bridge, Rangitoto Island and newly built for the Rugby World Cup 2011; The Cloud on Queens Wharf. The lively harbour is home to many yachts, freight ships, recreational fishing vessels and increasingly cruise liners.

The harbour is our most prized resource and we work hard to keep her clean and healthy. Our Qualmark Environmental Silver award was earned through our commitment to cleaning up the harbour. By working with Sustainable Coastlines and Waitemata Harbour Clean-up Trust, we are able to help towards maintaining a clean, green waterfront for all to enjoy.

 

Seaweek – Red Boat Cruise and Fishing Discounts

Daily from 25 February to 5 March 2017, 7:00am – 9:30pm

Take a Riverhead Lunch Cruise or charter a fishing trip with Red Boats and enjoy a 10% discount during Seaweek.

Experience the fantastic scenery and amazing history based around Auckland’s upper harbour estuaries & the famous historic Riverhead, on board our Public Ferry departing from Westhaven Marina Auckland and Birkenhead wharf daily.

Check our website for sailing times as they are tide dependent.

http://www.theredboats.co.nz/the-riverhead-cruiser/the-riverhead-cruiser-public-trips/

Come fishing on board either of our two 45 ft, purpose-built fishing vessels. Our boats are designed for Fishing and can provide for up to 20 anglers.

We have excellent catch rates, and our charter vessels are skippered by experienced fisherman with over 10 years charter fishing experience on Auckland Harbour. We know where they are because we’ve got the latest electronic fish tracking equipment on board, to ensure your days fishing will be a great one.

Our on board charter facilities include BBQ facilities, hire rods, and free tea and coffee. (Alcohol is BYO). You can charter our vessels as a group, or join one of our individual fishing trips which are open to the public and run on the specified dates.

For prices and availability go to our website: http://www.theredboats.co.nz/

 

Manutewhau Stream Clean-up

Saturday 11 March 2017 from 11am – 1pm.

The Manutewhau Hub, Massey Matters, Leataata  Preschool and EcoMatters are partnering up for environmental week to do some much needed work in the community.

The Manutewhau Stream is historically important to us here at the Hub. Not only for the inspiration of our name but the resource it has provided this area for generations.

We want to appreciate the resources the stream has provided us with and give it the respect it deserves so that future generations can also enjoy it for years to come. Because of this, EcoMatters has organised a working bee to clean up the rubbish that is polluting the banks of the river for Saturday March 11.

We are looking for volunteers to come help clean up on the day and also to assist people on the walking track.

Rubbish clean-up is open to everyone but we would appreciate some stronger volunteers to assist with the walking tracks.

The event runs from 11-1 on March 11th and  volunteers who register online get free entry to the roof top after party. *Spaces limited so get in fast!!

More information can be found at http://www.ecomatters.org.nz/event/down-and-dirty-rooftop-party/

Or alternatively, give us a call on 09 416 9397 or pop into the Hub to learn more

 

Restore Rosebank

Wednesdays 29 March and 5 April 2017, 10am-12pm, 481 Rosebank Road.

Find out about Rosebank’s fascinating history and enjoy fantastic views across to the city whilst helping restore one of our special places. During this practical session we will be restoring the estuary banks fringing the Motu Manawa Marine Reserve with native trees. Gloves, tools and refreshments provided.

Free. No booking required, if you would like to bring a group please phone Sandra 021 295 0302

For more information see www.facebook.com/whaurivercatchment or contact Sandra 021 295 0302

An EcoWest Festival Event

 

Te Whau Restoration Session

Wednesdays 15 and 22 March 2017, 10am-12pm, Kurt Brehmer Walkway car park, 26 Saunders Place, Rosebank.

Discover one of our hidden gems – the Kurt Brehmer Walkway – a 1.5km long walkway running along the banks of the Whau River in industrial Rosebank, and help bring back some of the special birds missing from our area. This plant care session will focus on puriri and other tree species that the fruit loving kereru are attracted to. Gloves, tools and refreshments provided.

Free. No booking required, if you would like to bring a group please phone Sandra 021 295 0302

For more information see www.facebook.com/whaurivercatchment or contact Sandra 021 295 0302

 

An EcoWest Festival Event

 

 

 

Working Bee – Behind the Scenes at Matuku Link

Sunday 12 March 2017, 9.30am-1pm, Matuku Link, 111 Bethells Road, Te Henga.

Matuku Link is the newest reserve in Auckland, purchased after fundraising for $2 million to protect bush and wetland from development. Now we need all hands on deck to prepare the land, replant and build our future Wetland Education Centre. All welcome, bring gloves, tools and sturdy shoes. Be part of the future and see you there! Unfortunately Bethells/Te Henga has no public transport. But you can park on the site and you could go for a swim at the iconic black sand beach afterwards!

Free

Please email matukulink@gmail.com if you’re coming

For more info see www.matukulink.org.nz or find us on Facebook

An EcoWest Festival Event

 

Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean

Thursday 6 April, doors open 6.30pm, film 7-9pm, Lopdell House Theatre, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi.

An international team of adventurers, researchers, and ocean ambassadors go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine oceans. Filmed in 20 locations over four years, in beautiful and chilling detail, this documentary shows us the global effects of plastic pollution – and introduces technology and solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better. Join us up at the beautiful Lopdell House for an evening of education and inspiration. It will be an unmissable opportunity for our community to connect around this issue and talk solutions with our special guest speakers. Secure your seat and be part of the wave of change.

Proudly supported by EcoMatters

Koha. Bookings required, please email: azerowastewarrior@gmail.com

For more information see www.facebook.com/glenedentransitiontown

An EcoWest Festival Event

 

 

Friends of Whatipu Open Day

18-19 March, 1-3pm, Whatipu Lodge, Whatipu

Friends of Whatipu will showcase the conservation work we are doing in the regionally significant Whatipu Scientific Reserve. Committee members can speak with you about our story so far and our plans for the future. A bonus is an open day at Whatipu Lodge where a 20-minute talk about the history of the Whatipu landscape will be held at 1.30 and 2.15. View the sitting room of the Gibbons homestead (built 1870), the lodge kitchen/dining room (built 1910) and photo library with historic images. Viewings will also be held about the alternative power system and water treatment.

Koha appreciated. No booking required

For more information find us on Facebook or email info@whatipulodge.co.nz

An EcoWest Festival Event

 

Bioblitz – Finding Nature in the City

Friday 24 March 2017, 7am-4pm, Opanuku Stream – Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson

Join us at Bioblitz, an opportunity for students, parents and other interested members to become citizen scientists over 22 hours. Explore alongside scientists to search for and record all the species you can find in the day and in the dark at Henderson’s Opanuku Stream at Corban Estate. Put your findings under the microscope and learn about the wild and wonderful, desirable and undesirable, visible and invisible, secretive and shy species that dwell in the nooks and crannies in the green corridors of our city environment.

Free. No booking required

For more information email Skye at bioblitz@aucklandmuseum.com

 

 

 

An EcoWest Festival Event

 

 

Love Your Lagoons

Saturday 18 March, 12 noon – 3pm at Piha Domain, Piha.

Head down to Piha Domain for a picnic and opportunity to learn all about our local lagoons. What contamination problems are we tackling and what can we do to show our lagoons more love? Picnic, communication, education and epic exploring. Join us!
Free. No booking required

For more information see www.facebook.com/loveourlagoons

An EcoWest Festival Event

 

 

Harbourview Wetland Walk

Saturday 25 March 2017, 10am-12pm, Harbourview Peoples Park, Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula.

Guided walk through the beautiful wetland wilderness at Auckland’s Harbourview, home to rare birds like fernbirds and banded rails, and original native plant species. Shorebirds and waders like godwits feed on the foreshore. Gumboots or other sturdy footwear advisable, also full length trousers due to scratchy plants, and basic physical fitness required. Children welcome but must be supervised at all times by parents or guardians. No dogs please, as the area is environmentally sensitive.

Gold coin donation

Walking group size is limited, please request invitation by email to motumanawa@gmail.com

For more information email motumanawa@gmail.com

Hosted by Forest & Bird

An EcoWest Festival Event 

 

Community Guided Snorkeling at Matheson Bay

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Saturday 18 March 2017 from 10am to 3pm at Matheson’s Bay, Leigh, Auckland. Back up date of Saturday 25 March. We will be set up at the playground at Mathesons Bay.

Explore the waters of Mathesons Bay. Find spotties, parore, eagle rays, red moki 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 Goat Island

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Sunday 19 March 2017 from 10am – 3pm at Goat Island Marine Reserve, Leigh, Auckland. Back up date of Sunday 26 March.

We will be set up towards the Leigh Marine Lab past the bridge. Please park in the carpark and walk up.

Explore the waters of Goat Island Marine Reserve. Find snapper, drummer, eagle rays, blue mao mao and crayfish. 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

 

Titirangi Beaches Clean-up

Image: Jacqui Geux

Sunday 5 March 2017, meet at 9am at French Bay.

As part of the Sustainable Coastlines Manukau Harbour clean-up the Titirangi Residents & Ratepayers Association have joined forces with the South Titirangi R&R to clean-up our coastline from Woodbay to Little Muddy Creek.

Meet us at French Bay at 9am for a safety briefing. Gloves and bags will be supplied. Low tide is at 10.34am.

Please bring closed shoes, sun screen & a hat, a water bottle if you like and enthusiasm!

Leave rubbish at French Bay for collection. Thanks.

Contact: Mels Barton email: mels@subliminal.co.nz Ph: 021 213 7779.

 

Kiwi Conservation Club Low Tide Fun at Kaitarakihi

Saturday 25 February 2017 at 10am at Kaitarakihi Beach, Huia Rd, Huia, Waitakere Ranges.

Come and join us for some sea week low tide fun. Theme for the day – whales! This is our first trip of the year so we would like to open it up to anyone who is thinking of joining KCC as well as existing members. Bring your journals if you have one as we will make some time to add to these. For those new to the group or for people who require a new one we will have these available. Kaitarakihi beach is off Huia road between Cornwallis and Huia, around 25 mins from Titirangi. Bring a tape measure if you have one and don’t forget a hat and sunscreen. Book at https://goo.gl/forms/TzNq9viPMqWxBs552
Ph Jean on 0220678485

 

How does Climate Change Impact us?

Thursday 16 February 2017 at 7.30pm at Kelston Community Centre.

Hear Adelia Hallett, Forest & Bird’s  Climate Change Advocate speak at Waitakere Forest & Bird’s monthly talk.

With New Zealand’s recent ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change, what does this really mean? Adelia Hallett will talk about the impacts of climate change on nature in the Waitakere area and how conservation programmes can be adapted to help mitigate these. Venue: Kelston Community Centre, cnr Awaroa/Great North Rd.

Non members welcome, join us for supper afterwards. No charge but koha appreciated to cover hall hire. For further information ph Liz 0274 762732 lizanstey@hotmail.com

 

Seaweek FUN Day at Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

Sunday 5 March 2017

Programme:
10.30am: Beach Clean Up competition – Free
11.15am: Beach Clean Up weigh in – Free
12pm: Guided Tour of the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre – Centre entry fees apply.
1pm: Guest Speaker: The latest research from the Goat Island Marine Reserve – Dr Tim Haggitt, University of Auckland – Centre entry fees apply.
2pm: Feeding Calypso the Octopus and her friends – Centre entry fees apply.
3pm: Fishy Dress Up competition – Free
3.30pm: Fishy Dress Up prize giving – Free
ALL DAY: face painting by Candace

 

Guided Tour of the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

Saturday 25 February, Sunday 26 February and Saturday 4 March 2016

Enjoy a guided tour of the Marine Discovery Centre at 11am on these days and stay for feeding time at 2pm.

Centre entry fees apply.

 

Explore the Life in a Freshwater Stream

Saturday 25 February 2017 at 1pm. Meet at the South end of “The Esplanade”, Howick.

Freshwater streams are important links between land and sea and provide breeding grounds for many marine fish species. We will test the water quality and hunt for little creatures in the stream that runs through Macleans Reserve.

Free event. Organised by Macleans College Environment Group.

Contact: Antje Kleinmans email: antje.kleinmans@macleans.school.nz

 

 

Penguin Encounters at Auckland Zoo

Meet the penguins with our daily encounters in the Coast exhibit in Te Wao Nui at Auckland Zoo at 3.15pm on Monday 27 Feb, Tuesday 28 Feb, Thursday 2 March, Saturday 4 March & Sunday 5 March 2017.

 

Mission Bay Beach Cleanup with SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s

Saturday 4 March 2017 from 10am until noon at Mission Bay. Meet at the fountain.

To celebrate SEA WEEK 2017 Feb 25 –March 5, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland is organising a beach clean up at Mission Bay.  On average each of our beach cleans collect 20kg of rubbish! Help us to beat this in 2017 and join us on Saturday 4 March. You can also learn more about the impact of pollution in our seas and other ways you can help.

To register, please email Teschna.Christie@kellytarltons.co.nz

To say thank you, SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland will be giving all our registered Beach Clean-up participants a complimentary ticket to visit Kelly Tarlton’s.

Gloves and rubbish containers will be provided for all participants.

Please note all children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

 

 

Waiheke Waste: Surfdale Beach Clean

Image: Hawkes Bay Regional Council

Wednesday 1 March 2017 from 3.30pm until 5pm.

Come and help us clean up Surfdale Beach, then have some hot chips with us at the park!

Beach clean for the children and families of Waiheke to help raise awareness of our beautiful environment and the impact of plastic pollution on our island.

In association with Waiheke Community Childcare and Waiheke Kindergarten.

 

 

Sculpture on a Pallet Exhibition: Waiheke Market

Saturday 25 February at Waiheke Island Market

We will be exhibiting the sculptures made by the Waiheke children for Headland Sculpture in the Gulf at the Waiheke market. These sculptures tell the story of plastic pollution on our island.

There will be also be a prize giving and a workshop for children to make something from waste materials.

 

Prizes kindly sponsored by the Waiheke Local Board and Global Action Plan Oceania in association with Seaweek.

 

Whau River Clean up and Plant Care Session

Saturday 25 February 2017 from 10am until noon. Meet at Reserve car park at end of Binsted Road.

Join the Whau River Catchment Trust to give the Whau River a makeover, focusing on the area around Ken Maunders Park. We’ll get the plastic flotsam and jetsam out of the mangroves and look after our young native plants below Te Whau Pathway.

Wear stout footwear – gum boots would be ideal -clothes that you don’t mind getting muddy which will cover your arms and legs. Native grasses are not kind to exposed skin. A sunhat would be a good plan too.

We’ll provide bags, gloves, skip, safety briefing and refreshments. Please ring Sandra if you would like to bring a group 021 295 0302

More information: https://www.facebook.com/whaurivercatchment

 

Reef Savers Marine Surveying Workshops

Image: Roger Grace

Learn how to monitor your local reef with Reef Savers.

Join Lorna at Matheson Bay and Goat Island, Leigh on Tuesday 14 Feb, Wednesday 15 Feb and Thursday 16 February 2017 from 10am to 2pm.

Please bring: warm clothes, togs, towel, snorkeling gear (free snorkeling gear can be provided if necessary).

Booking essential. Strong swimming ability required. Please indicate which date suits you best.

Book by contacting Lorna email: info@reefsavers.nz or Ph: 021 0273 2339

 

Waiheke Island Clean-up

Sunday 29 January from 10am to 2pm at Little Oneroa Beach, Waiheke Island.

Sustainable Coastlines has partnered with our friends from Corona and Fly My Pretties, to help clean-up Auckland’s iconic Waiheke Island on Sunday 29 January 2017. Thanks to Corona, the first 40 clean-up volunteers to register online and turn up on the day will receive tickets to the Fly My Pretties concert at Cable Bay Vineyards the same evening (show details below).

All volunteers must register first, please do so through this link: http://sustainablecoastlines.org/event/corona-fly-my-pretties-waiheke/

Look for the big blue Sustainable Coastlines flags at Little Oneroa Beach from 10.00am to 1.00pm. We’ll be providing food for returning volunteers from 1.00pm. Rubbish sacks, gloves and health and safety information will be provided – all you need to do is sign in, collect clean-up equipment and get stuck in! For the first 20 volunteers we also have vans available to transport you to and from hard-to-reach clean-up locations.

Fly My Pretties will also be lending a hand on the day so this is a great opportunity to work alongside them as we all do our part in keeping our coastlines the way they should be: litter free. We’re looking forward to giving some love back to this beautiful stretch of coast. Come one, come all, see you there!

Participants need to bring:
— Closed-toe sturdy shoes, such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots are required for participation. Coastal terrain can be challenging with rocks that can be sharp, loose and slippery.
— Warm and waterproof clothes: check the weather first and be prepared for all scenarios.
— Sun hat and sun cream.
— Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
— Camera (optional): we would love to see your photos after the event. Tag us on social media, use the hashtag #loveyourcoast or send to camden@sustainablecoastlines.org
— We have 20 spots available in vans to get to hard to reach beaches, but please bring your own vehicle if you wish.

Fly My Pretties at Cable Bay, Waiheke
Sun Jan 29 / 6pm
Tickets from Ticketmaster:
http://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/fly-my-pretties/auckland/waiheke-island

 

Tāmaki River Festival

Saturday 18 February 2017 from 11am to 3pm (rain date Sunday 19 February) at Bramley Park, Pakuranga.

On the water, in the water, by the water – Tāmaki River Festival presents free activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Have a go at sailing, kayaking, learn about the river and its natural environment, find out how to stay safe in the water, view our coastal environment displays, enjoy music, food and community stalls.

Some of the activities on offer:

  • facepainting and bouncy castles
  • water zorbs
  • on-stage entertainment
  • interactive coastal environment education
  • on-the-water displays from the Coastguard
  • water-safety demonstrations and information stalls.

Don’t forget to be sun smart – bring along your drink bottles as there will be a water tank onsite for water refills.

More information: http://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/events/2017/02/tamaki-river-festival/

 

Waiheke Cinema: Ponyo koha screening

Saturday 25 February 2017 at 2pm at Waiheke Cinema, Waiheke Island.

If travelling to Waiheke Island: please take the 12.30pm Auckland-Waiheke ferry at the latest, which should give sufficient bussing/walking time to reach Waiheke Cinema (127-129 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Island); please cross- checkwww.fullers.co.nz for timetables and fares. Alternatively: earlier half-hourly ferries run from morning onwards.

If walking from Matiatia Wharf to Waiheke Island Community Cinema, a pleasant amble (depending on the weather) might take about 30 minutes.

Love the sea and Studio Ghibli animation? Ponyo is a beloved Hayao Miyazaki epic fantasy comedy, originally released in 2008, for children of all ages. Though inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid fairytale, this family-friendly tale is feel-good, with a happy ending. Screening will be in Japanese, with English subtitles. Watching Ponyo at Waiheke Cinema – completely furnished with couches – will be a real cosy afternoon experience.

The intent of sharing this koha screening is in commemoration of Christopher Wragge – who co-created the WaihekeLibrary-HaurakiClassroom winter lecture series begun in 2016, and co-founded and guided the work of the Waiheke Island Community Planning Group (WICPG) with vital community others from 2004-2016 – who transitioned 5 Oct 2016 after a gradual 3.5-years’ terminal unwellness; Ponyo touched him with resonant depth in its playful evocation of a sense of wonder and at-one-ment at the beauty and vitality of the forces of Nature.

Bookings essential. Please call Waiheke Cinema (09) 372-4240 to book your reservation, to avoid disappointment, as the cinema seats a maximum of 50 people.

In your phone message: please speak clearly, as return calls will not be made unless there is a problem; please firstly name the movie title, then the session time, then the number of people, and lastly: your name and contact number. You can also make reservations in person at the cinema. Reservations are not possible by email. Please call again if you need to either cancel or make changes to your reservation (with the same instruction advice to follow – stated above).

If you’ve reserved tickets: please turn up earliest 1.30pm to latest 1.50pm to pick up your tickets before the 2pm screening start. If fully booked: depends on the Waiheke Cinema volunteer (the cinema is completely run by volunteers) in charge!

Admission is by donation ($5 suggested) or koha, to cover community-cinema rental needs.
Gift vouchers are also available from the cinema.

More information: https://www.waihekecinema.co.nz/bookings.

It would be greatly appreciated if, upon screening’s end: all viewers legibly wrote their feedback for Seaweek on forms received upon entry, along with pens; all completed forms will go into a draw for a special Seaweek prize!

Post-screening feedback will also be greatly appreciated if shared onto Hauraki Classroom’s Facebook page.

 

Farewell Waiheke Godwits

Sunday 5 March 2017 from 2pm to 5pm at Piritahi Marae, Waiheke Island.

If travelling to Waiheke Island: please take the 12.30pm Auckland-Waiheke ferry at the latest, which should give sufficient bussing & walking time of about 20-25 minutes to reach Piritahi Marae (53 Tahatai Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Island); please cross- check www.fullers.co.nz for timetables and fares. Alternatively: earlier half-hourly ferries run from morning onwards.

‘Farewell Waiheke Godwits’ will celebrate the seasonal migratory flight of Waiheke’s resident godwit flock back to the Arctic, marking the end of summer: with an afternoon tea hosted by Piritahi Marae, and disinstallation of a community-painted godwit-cutout-flock of 45 ‘godwits’ encircling a pohutukawa tree standing at the gateway entrance of the marae, right by where a flock of 10-20 real godwits often roost by the western foreshore of Blackpool Beach / Te Huruhi Bay, while eastwards across the island at Te Matuku Scenic Reserve: about 120 godwits have been sighted this sojourn year. This family/community event culminates the godwits’ sojourn on Waiheke from their arrival about 7 months earlier in September-October 2016; the first GodwitsWelcomeHome celebration on Waiheke and the painted godwits flock installation was held 9 October 2016 with a welcoming powhiri – the start of a Waiheke seasonal ritual.

All baking welcome! Good cheer, and pitching in to help clean-up before the event closes at 5pm would be appreciated.

Free event. Thanks to the Waiheke Local Board for funding the afternoon tea hosted by Piritahi Marae, additional baking still welcome! And pitching in to help clean-up before the event closes at 5pm would be appreciated.

Contact: Piritahi Marae email: piritahimaraecommittee@gmail.com Ph: (09) 372-8860

 

Flotilla Whau 2017

Saturday 4 March 2017, 10.30am to 2.30pm at Archibald park, Kelston, west Auckland.

Flotilla Whau is about celebrating the Whau River as an important waterway in our own backyards.
Come and join the Maritime Museum steamboat ‘Puke’, local kayakers, paddle-boarders, waka ama, the sea-scouts and more in a colourful parade on the water.
All small vessels welcome.
Decorate your boat, wear a costume, bring a picnic or just come and watch the commotion.
There will be a range of local food and drink available, art and music to enjoy and activities for the kids.
Launch location is Archibald park, Kelston. Boaties need to register before launching.
Registrations from 10.30am, Welcome and safety briefing at 12 midday, and 12.30 the Flotilla sets off.

Bring your small boat, kayak or paddle-board and feel free to dress up or decorate your vessel!. Tie it in to the Seaweek theme if you can – ‘Healthy Seas, Healthy People‘; And make sure you wear a lifejacket.
If you don’t have a boat and would like to go out on one of ours, please contact Verena Jonker email: flotillawhau@gmail.com Ph: 021 683 339

Free event.

Keep up to date by following our Facebook page or our website: http://flotilla-whau.blogspot.co.nz
The Flotilla Whau event is a HOOPLA project with generous support from the Whau Local Board.

 

 

Love Your Coast Manukau Harbour Clean-up Public Event

Saturday 4 March 2017, from 10am to 2pm.

As part of our wider Love Your Coast Manukau Harbour project and in celebration of nationwide SeaweekSustainable Coastlines  would love you to join us on Saturday 4 March 2017 to give back to the beautiful Manukau Harbour. With 386 kilometres of coastline, attempting to clean up the Manukau Harbour — Aotearoa/New Zealand’s second largest – is a massive task. Join our public clean-up day at our Clean-up Stations around the harbour. Register through the link below to help us to plan for numbers and Health & Safety considerations. REGISTER NOW.

To register to take part and find out more details click here: http://sustainablecoastlines.org/event/manukau-harbour-clean-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.

From 10.00am – 2.00pm on Saturday 4 March, we’re asking volunteers to meet our team at any of our Clean-up Event Stations around the Manukau Harbour to register, receive important Health & Safety information, and pick-up rubbish sacks and gloves. Meeting points are:

  • Cornwallis (Pine Ave carpark) – includes kids activities, sand sculpture competition, free BBQ and education hub.
  • Waikowhai Park (End of Waikowhai Road)
  • Onehunga (Taumana Reserve, Orpheus Drive)
  • Mangere Bridge (Mangere Boating Club, Kiwi Esplanade)
  • Weymouth (Weymouth Rugby Club, Gibbons Road)
  • Clark’s Beach (Torkar Road beach access)

 

Click here to see our map of all Clean-up Event Stations.

 

Cornwallis Sand Sculpture Competition and Eco-education Hub

Saturday 4 March 2017 from 10am to 2pm.

As part of the Love Your Coast Manukau Harbour Clean-up the registration station at Cornwallis Beach (Pine Ave) will be the place to spend the day once you have helped with the clean-up. There will be a free BBQ for participants, eco education stalls, kids activities and a sand sculpture competition with some fantastic prizes sponsored by Friends of Regional Parks. Click here for more details on the Sand Sculpture Competition.

Thanks to the support of the Waitakere Ranges Local Board.

 

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. Lecture theatre 4 (OGGB4) in the Owen Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Rd.

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

This year’s Bill Ballantine Memorial Lecture will feature two presentations on the management, restoration and future of the Hauraki Gulf. Both presentations will be followed by an informal discussion on these topics, and then presentation of the Ocean Champion Award.

Sea Change: Is change in store for management of the Hauraki Gulf?

Alison Henry, who is a member of the Sea Change Stakeholder Working Group, will provide an overview of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan that has been developed over the last two year as part of the Sea Change process. Alison will discuss: Why change is necessary in the Gulf? How the SeaChange process worked? What is the plan recommending? What are the next steps?

 

 

 

Can we restore horse mussel beds in the Hauraki Gulf?

Professor Simon Thrush, Director of the Institute of Marine Science at the University of Auckland.  The Sea Change process has highlighted the decline of many important biogenic habitats in the Hauraki Gulf and the need for restoration.  Horse mussel beds are one such habitat that were once abundant.  Professor Thrush will discuss the challenges, opportunities and science needs for restoring horse mussel beds in the Hauraki Gulf.

 

 

 

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

FAMILY & FRIENDS VOLUNTEER DAY, celebrating Children’s Day and Seaweek 2017
Come and help us restore Rotoroa Island’s natural heritage to keep this beautiful sanctuary thriving. This fun family day includes a mix of volunteer activities that are suitable for all ages. Get the whole family together, invite some friends, bring a picnic and make a day of it. Note volunteers receive 40% discount off adult and child ferry tickets; insert promo code 360111 at checkout. ALL DAY

Activities will include:
Coastal cleanup
Coastal weeding
Citizen Science with an island ranger – take our ecosystem guide and note species you’ve observed
Tracks and traps workshop – learn why biosecurity so important to keeping Rotoroa Island pest free

And we’ll throw on a sausage sizzle late afternoon as a thank you!

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.

Three screenings: 10.30am matinee, 6pm and 8.15pm.

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/

Cost: Morning $12 and $10 (Senior/Student), Evening $14.

 

Sonic Sea Schools Film Festival

From Monday 27 February to Friday 3 March 2017 local schools will be invited to watch daytime screenings of the film Sonic Sea at Lopdell House Theatre. Invitation only.

Thanks to the Waitakere Ranges Local Board for supporting this Film Festival.

 

EcoDay

Sunday 9 April 2017 from 11am till 4pm at the EcoMatters Environment Centre & Olympic Park

EcoWest Festival will end with a bang with EcoDay, Auckland’s biggest Eco festival! Come out with the whole family and enjoy live music, great food and a variety of eco activities. Stroll around the large festival market and talk to local organisations that are caring for our environment. Browse for sustainable and upcycled goodies at the market stalls. Get creative with the eco art activities or become inspired in the free workshops about sustainable living and gardening. And get the kids to check out our brand new Bicycle Hub this year!

This free event will take place 9 April from 11am till 4pm at the EcoMatters Environment Centre & Olympic Park.

Visit the EcoDay website for more details: www.ecoday.co.nz

 

 

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 10am to 3pm
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

POSTPONED to Sunday 2 April 2017. Registrations from 10am to 2pm
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

POSTPONED to Saturday 1 April 2017. Registrations from 10am-2pm

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 4 February 2017. Registrations from 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!

 

 

 

Marine Metre Squared

Why not grab a Marine Metre Squared kit and go out to discover what lives on your local shore?

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NZAEE Seaweek 2017 ‘Ocean Champion’ Winner Announced

NZAEE Seaweek 2017 ‘Ocean Champion’ Winner Announced

NZAEE Seaweek is delighted to announce that the NZAEE Seaweek “Ocean Champion” for 2017 is New Zealand’s turtle expert Dan Godoy. The New Zealand Coastal Society (NZCS) is sponsoring the initiative by donating the equivalent of $500 prize money towards the winner’s work which was presented by NZCS Chair Hugh Leersnyder at tonight’s Bill Ballantine… Read More

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Our students had the opportunity to be part of a marine study. They spent a morning at the beach to gather some data.

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Mountains to Sea Wananga - Conference

April 21, 2017, 11:00am - April 23, 2017, 12:00pm

Theme “Citizen Science” for marine and freshwater conservation action and education" Purpose An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or inter...

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