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:, phone 021 213 7779


Auckland Seaweek 2017 Events:

Preparing for Seaweek 2017 Educator’s Workshops

Join one of our workshops to find out what resources are available and how you can prepare for your class or community group to participate in Seaweek 2017. Attendance is free, but booking is essential. Email to reserve your place at one of 2 workshops:

Weds 16 November 2016, 3.30pm at Takapuna Auckland Council building.

Thurs 24 November 2016, 3.30pm at Cascades Kindergarten, Lady Marie Drive, Pakuranga Heights, Auckland.



Thanks to our Auckland Regional Sponsors for 2016:



Auckland Seaweek 2016 Events:


Waiheke Community Childcare Beach Clean

Beach Clean Up Term 1

Thursday 3 March, 3.30 – 4.30pm at Surfdale beach, Waiheke island.

Beach clean by the families of children attending Waiheke community childcare.


Contact: Jane Walters email: Ph (027) 372-6115


Oakley Creek Annual Clean-up

Oakley Creek Annual Clean Up 2016

Sunday 6 March, 9am – noon. Meet at the Pump Station, down drive from 51 Waterbank Crescent, Waterview.

Help clean-up Oakley Creek Te Auaunga – Waterview / Howlett Reserves for some serious “mucking in”!

Wear sturdy footwear and bring a sunhat (gloves, rubbish bags, buckets etc will be provided) and bring your family and friends along. Refreshments provided.

For more information contact: Wendy email: Ph 027 232 6454 or Rob 029 650 1056



Sustainable Coastlines Motuihe Island clean-up and Jamie McDell acoustic gig

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Join Sustainable Coastlines, Contiki and Jamie McDell for a beach clean-up on Motuihe Island, followed by an exclusive acoustic gig with Jamie at The Flagship Education Hub. Please note this event is R18, so leave the kids at home.

Meet at The Flagship Education Hub (corner Halsey and Jellicoe Streets, Viaduct Harbour) at 9:15am for a presentation about plastic pollution and a health and safety briefing, before we ride the Fullers ferry to Motuihe Island for a beach clean up and a BBQ lunch. We’ll return to Auckland at 3.00pm for a private acoustic gig with Jamie McDell.

Tickets to this free event are strictly limited, so register now to avoid disappointment.


Titirangi R&R Association Love Your Coast French Bay Clean-up


Saturday 27 February, 9am – 11am. Meet at French Bay Yacht Club, Titirangi (low tide is 8.15am).

As part of the Sustainable Coastlines event to clean up the whole Manukau Harbour for Seaweek 2016 we want 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.

The Titirangi Residents & Ratepayers Association are hosting a clean-up of the coast from French Bay east as far as we can get in a couple of hours round to Wood Bay and beyond? The more people that help the more we can do!

Gloves and bags supplied.


Chinese Conservation Education Trust Events for Seaweek


Maritime Museum Visit

2nd March (Wednesday) 1.30-4.30pm
Meet at Ferry Terminal Building corner of Quay Street and Queen Street at Auckland City Water Front.

New Zealand is an island country. Auckland is an isthmus. We are never far away from the sea. How much do you know about maritime matters? Our Chairperson, Estella will tell you in detail in Cantonese.

Free event.

Registration: please call 09 303 0633 and leave your name, phone number( please leave a landline number), number of participants & activity code. Activity code: 160302.

New Zealand Seabirds Talk

Saturday 27th Feb at 1.30pm. Milford Sea Scout Centre, 24, Craig Road, Milford, North Shore, Auckland.

Do you know that NZ is the seabird capital of the world? One third of all the world’s seabird species occur within NZ’s economic zone. What’s the different between a seabird and a bird in the forest? Is there something special about the life cycle of seabird?

CCET has invited a seabird expert from Forest and Birds to talk to us. Mandarin translation.

Free event.

Registration : Call 09 303 0633 and leave your name, number, how many people joining and activity code. Activity Code: 160227.

Goat Island Marine Reserve Visit

Sunday 28 February.

Departure time and place:
8am Pakuranga Plaza, Pakuranga library,  Reeves Road  near William Roberts Road;
8:15am Greenlane McDonalds;
8:30am Auckland CBD, Albert Street, AA building;
8:45am Northcote Road, Northcote. Poenamo Hotel.
*please be there 15 minutes before departure. Return time: approx 6pm.

Why does NZ have so many marine reserves? In what way do marine reserves benefit mankind? Goat Island is our first marine reserve. The newly open information centre can give you very good answers. On the day, we will also visit Tawharanui Regional Park. This park is now a “Mainland Island”. We will talk about Kauri Dieback and Kauri protection.

Please note: This trip will be operated in Mandarin.

Tour cost: $39/ adult, $29/child under 12 (including coach fare, Marine Reserve information centre tour and admission).

What to bring: lunch, drink, wind breaker, sun glasses, hat or rainy gear.

Registration: call 3030633 & leave your name, contact number, number of people joining, activity code & place you want to get onto our coach. Activity code : 160228.



Auckland Zoo: Celebrating Seaweek

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Monday 29 February to Friday 4 March

Auckland Zoo’s Volunteer team will have a special hub of activities to engage with Zoo visitors regarding healthy seas, healthy people during Seaweek. They will have interactive activities, quiz boards and wallet cards to hand out to visitors on how they can help protect our coast.


MAD Marine Seaweek Love Your Coast Day at Muriwai


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Make A Difference (MAD) Marine students invite you to enjoy a day filled with fun and action – be the change of the future!

WHEN:  Sunday 6 March, 2-5pm
WHERE: Muriwai Surf Club, 100 Jack Butt Lane
WHO: Everyone! All ages are welcome!

ACTIVITIES: To raise awareness; take action to Make A Difference in our community include a beach clean-up, inspirational speakers, and BBQ

COST: Gold Coin Entry, and $2.00 for Sausage Sizzle (all other food is free)

All money is going to WWF, Sea Shepherd and Plastic diet. (Your donation will help them in their amazing work with conserving Marine life).

RSVP:  to by February 28th

Please let us know you’ll be joining us so we can cater for you☺  


Seaweek Children’s Day on Rotoroa Island

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Sunday 6 March

Coinciding with world Children’s Day is this kid-focussed day of marine activities on Rotoroa Island. Join marine biologist Dannie Cullen as she challenges kids to explore the sandy and rocky shoreline of this island sanctuary, identify rock pool and shoreline species, learn about marine pollution and participate in marine-themed craft activities. Pack a picnic and your togs and explore the clear waters off Rotoroa Island.

360 Discovery Cruises depart for Rotoroa from Pier 3, Quay St, at 8:45am (from Orapiu, Waiheke at 9:50am). Discount 20% off adult and child fares applies during Seaweek (Feb 27 – Mar 6th). Just enter the promo code: ROTSEAWEEK when you book online through

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Thanks to 360 Discovery for supporting Seaweek!



Special Seaweek Deals on Auckland Adventure Jet and Auckland Adventure Duck

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From Saturday 27 February to Sunday 6 March during Seaweek 2016
Special deal ‘Adults @ Kids prices’ for both Auckland Adventure Jet & Auckland Adventure Duck when advising our team they are a part of Seaweek 2016.

Bookings will need to be made directly with us and must advise at time of booking to get these special prices:
Auckland Adventure Jet – Was $98.00, NOW $58.00
Auckland Adventure Duck – Was $68.00, NOW $48.00

Thanks to Auckland Adventure Jet and Auckland Adventure Duck for supporting Seaweek!


Seaweek FUN Day at Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

Hawkes Bay penguin parade

Sunday 6 March – all day

10.30am: Fishy Dress Up competition – Free
11am: Fishy Dress Up prize giving – Free
12pm noon: Rock Pool Tour (includes free Rocky Shore Guide) – $10
1pm: Guest Speaker: The latest research from the Goat Island Marine Reserve – Dr Nick Shears, University of Auckland – Centre entry fee.
2.30pm: Beach Clean Up competition – Free

Centre Entry: $9 adults; $5 child; $7 students/seniors; $20 family (2 adults, 2 children)


Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre Activities for Seaweek


Saturday 27 February
11am: Marine science research presentation from Roslyn Putland, a Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland, PhD student on “Listening to feeding work ups: do whales use sound to find their next meal?”
2pm: Guided Tour of the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

Sunday 28 February:
11am: Marine science research presentation from Arie Skyksma, a Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland, PhD student on “What else do snapper and lobster do besides eat kina?”
2pm: Guided Tour of the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

Monday 29 February, all day: Scavenger Hunt Activities

Saturday 5 March:
11am: Marine science research presentation from Caitlin Blain, a Leigh Marine Laboratory, University of Auckland, PhD student on “How do human impacts affect the health of kelp forests?”
2pm: Guided Tour of the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre

Centre Entry fees apply: $9 adults; $5 child; $7 students/seniors; $20 family (2 adults, 2 children)


Marine Conservation Futures and the Legacy of Bill Ballantine plus Ocean Champion Award Night


Thursday 3 March, 7pm at the University of Auckland, Fisher & Paykel Appliances Auditorium in the Owen Glenn Building (parking underneath). Map.

Hosted by Professor Simon Thrush, Director of the Institute of Marine Studies, University of Auckland.

Speakers Dr Nick Shears,  Institute of Marine Studies, University of Auckland and Steve Hathaway, underwater cameraman and Young Ocean Explorers will examine the topic of Marine Conservation Futures and the Legacy of Bill Ballantine. Stunning video footage of New Zealand’s marine life will be shown.

The lecture will be followed by a Panel Debate on the future of marine conservation featuring leaders in various aspects and sectors of marine science and industry. Questions from the audience are welcome.

The panel will comprise: Steve Hathaway; Dr Nick Shears; Sue Taie (Pacific Director Conservation International); Raewyn Peart (Environmental Defence Society); Volker Kuntzsch (CEO Sanfords); Bill Kermode (CEO Next foundation); Dr Nick Lewis (School of Environment UoA); Paul Walden, (Chair of the Waiheke Local Board).

NZCoastalLogo-RGB-VerticalThe evening will also award the Seaweek 2016 Ocean Champion prize sponsored by the New Zealand Coastal Society to one of 7 nominees. You can vote for your favourite until 26 February.

Free event. Sponsored by the University of Auckland, Waitakere Ranges Local Board, Waiheke Local Board and Waitemata Local Board.


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William James Ballantine QSO MBE (15 April 1937 – 1 November 2015) was a British-born New Zealand marine biologist. He has been called the “father of marine conservation in New Zealand”. Born in Leicester, England, on 15 April 1937, Ballantine was awarded an MA from Downing College, Cambridge and a PhD from Queen Mary College, University of London. His thesis was entitled The population dynamics of Patella vulgata and other limpets. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1964 when he was appointed the inaugural director of the University of Auckland‘s Leigh Marine Laboratory. The Marine Reserves Act 1971 was the brainchild of Ballantine, and he initiated a “no take” marine reserve at Leigh. Both of these initiatives were one of the first to be initiated in the world. Minister of Conservation Nick Smith described him as the “father of marine conservation in New ZealandIn 1990 Ballantine was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal. In the 1994 New Year Honours he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to marine biology and conservation. He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1996, for his work on marine conservation and with New Zealand’s Marine Reserve Act. In the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Ballantine was made a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, for public services. Information from Wikipedia.

Read the Department of Conservation’s obituary for Bill Balantine here.



Kiwi Conservation Club Cornwallis Beach Clean-up

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Sunday 28 February, 10am. Meet at Pine Ave entrance on the beach.

Kiwi Conservation Group members will clean up Cornwallis beach as part of the Love Your Coast – Manukau Harbour Clean-up.

Wear old clothes. Gloves and bags will be supplied.


SCOW Clean-up at Cornwallis Wharf

Ted Scott Photo cornwallis wharf 2014Saturday 5 March, 9am.

Save Cornwallis Old Wharf community group will lead a clean-up of the beach and surrounding areas. Meet at the wharf at 9am. Part of the Love Your Coast – Manukau Harbour Clean-up.

Wear old clothes. Gloves and bags will be supplied.

Photo: Ted Scott


The Red Boats Riverhead Cruise and Fishing Charters


Photo: The Red Boats

10% discount on the Riverhead Cruise trip and fishing charters from Saturday 27 February to Sunday 6 March 2016 if you mention “Seaweek” when booking. Subject to availability.

RED_BOATS-LOGOThanks to The Red Boats for supporting Seaweek.


Open Days on Motutapu Island

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Sunday 28 February and Sunday 6 March. Explore ferry leaves downtown at 10.30am – 30% discount on ferry fares on these days only.

ExploreJoin the Motutapu Restoration Trust for an introductory talk at the Homestead on your arrival at Motutapu. Then enjoy a self-guided walk to explore this beautiful island, a picnic and a swim before catching the ferry home.

Please bring: picnic lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, clothes for all weathers, sensible shoes for walking.

Thanks to Explore Group for supporting Seaweek!


Settlers Film Club Seaweek Film Night: Planet Ocean



Friday 4 March, doors open 7pm for refreshments, film starts 7.30pm at Oratia School Hall, Shaw Road, Oratia.
As part of SEAWEEK the Settlers Film Club are putting on a multi-award winning movie.

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FREE ENTRY. Sponsored by Waitakere Ranges Local Board.
Planet Ocean‘ Directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (97 mins)
A well rounded film with stunning visuals.
“Planet Ocean” has stunning visuals which shows how beautiful our Oceans are. The content has much variety, as it includes deep ocean marine life, fishing, coral reefs, marine life migration, weather systems and even shipping of containers across oceans. The scenes of coal reefs are particularly beautiful, and it is a shock to hear that a quarter of the Earth’s corals died in the last fifty years. Deep water marine life is stunning as well, as most people would not have the chance to watch those majestic animals swimming in pitch dark waters. I was dumbfounded by the abandoned ships off the coast of Mauritania, and surprised by the seaweed farming in Korea. “Planet Ocean” is an eye opener, and and I hope it helps to raise awareness on the urgent need to protect and conserve the oceans.

Contact: Robin Kewell email:


Special Seaweek Discounts on 360 Discovery Cruises to Rotoroa Island

360 Discovery Cruises depart for Rotoroa from Pier 3, Quay St, at 8:45am (from Orapiu, Waiheke at 9:50am). Discount 20% off adult and child fares applies during Seaweek (Feb 27 – Mar 6th). Just enter the promo code: ROTSEAWEEK when you book online through

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Thanks to 360 Discovery for supporting Seaweek!


IKA’ Training  Facilities Beach and Underwater Clean-ups

Ika logo (wide) - Transparent - BlackIKA’ Training Facilities will be conducting beach (above and below the low tide mark) clean-ups on the following dates and at the listed locations during Seaweek.

Tuesday 1st March: Matheson Bay, Leigh
Thursday 3rd March: Fisherman’s Rock, Whangaparoa
Not a public event.


Hauraki Blue Cruises: Seaweek Special Lunch Cruise

Hauraki-Blue-Combined-Boxed-LockupSpecial deal for Seaweek on Hauraki Blue Cruises Lunchtime Harbour Cruise. Departs 11am returns 1pm daily from Viaduct Harbour.

$79 pp (instead of $99) from Saturday 27 Feb to Sunday 6 March 2016. Mention “Seaweek 2016” when booking.

Thanks to Hauraki Blue Cruises for supporting Seaweek!



Sea Birds at Shoal Bay for Seaweek

Dotterel on Rotoroa IslandSunday 13 March at 1pm. Meet at Jutland Rd Reserve.

These shell barrier beaches between State Highway 1 motorway and Devonport peninsula are great habitats for sea birds and of special interest to conservationists. We hope to observe Caspian terns, wrybills, dotterel and reef heron as they rest up on the shell banks at high tide(11.44am). We will be joined by Emma Cronin who is Seabird Liaison officer for Forest and Bird. Emma’s special interest is helping to protect sea birds from fishing practices in the Hauraki Gulf. This outing will hone children’s observation skills and educate them about our responsibility towards seabirds especially with recreational fishing. Bookings required.

To book: contact Ann Brabant Ph 09 419 1048


Hauraki Gulf Seabird Watching Boat Trip with Forest and Bird – CANCELLED

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Sunday 28 February, 8.30am from Sandspit Marina.

Join Forest and Bird for a pelagic seabird tour. Come and learn about our fantastic seabirds with Chris Gaskin (Northern NZ Seabird Trust) and Karen Baird (Forest & Bird). Trip will be all day leaving Sandspit at 8.30AM. You will need to bring lunch and fluids, sunbloc, warm clothes in case it’s cold and togs in case we go for a swim. Binoculars are a great idea, but not necessary. Where we go will depend a lot on the weather but likely to head out past Hauturu-Little Barrier Island possibly as far as the Mokohinau Islands. Seabirds we are likely to see and learn about include species that breed only on our Hauraki Gulf Islands such as the NZ storm petrel,  Buller’s shearwater and Black petrel. Learn how to tell them all apart and something about their remarkable lives as well as how to protect them.

Cost will depend on numbers to cover the cost of the vessel so for 10 pax cost will be $330 per person but we can take up to 16 pax and cost would reduce to $200.

Bookings essential. You can book directly through Karen at

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Thanks to Waitakere Ranges Local Board for sponsoring this event!


Long Bay Beach Clean-up


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Saturday 27 February, 9am – 11am. Meet by the children’s playground and toilet block at Long Bay Regional Park.

New Zealand Seaweek runs from Saturday 27 February to Sunday 6 March, with “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People” as the theme. In support of this annual Kiwi event, Starting the Change will be showing Long Bay Beach some love.

Did you know New Zealand has the 9th biggest coastline in the world? Imagine how much rubbish that attracts every single day. 85% of New Zealanders eat the fish from our coastlines… and more than 300,000 tonnes of seafood is collected per year.

Nobody wants to eat food from a rubbish bin but with thousands of pieces of rubbish winding up in our harbours DAILY, that is exactly what is happening.

Join us at Long Bay beach for just 2 hours to make a difference to your New Zealand and help keep your seafood clean. This event is open to everyone and anyone, the more the merrier so please invite everyone you know and let’s make a party of it!

What to bring/wear- Definitely a drink or two, but there are water fountains around Long Bay Park. We recommend sunblock and a hat, but also something in case of wind or rain- this is Auckland after all, all seasons in one day! Safety is paramount so pick your footwear carefully. There will be beach rocks, and grass area to clean. We also suggest wearing clothes you won’t mind getting a bit dirty, just in case.


Out and About – Ranger Walks


Thursday 25 February, 10.45am – 1pm at Waiti Bay Reserve, 182 Kawakawa Bay Coast. Waiti Bay Reserve to Tawhitokino Regional Park.

Tuesday 15 March, 9.30am – noon at Otuataua Stonefields, 56 Ihumatao Quarry Road, Mangere (in the main carpark).

Experience local parks in the south of Auckland with a park ranger guide.

Whether you just want to to identify some native trees or would like to learn more in depth information about the Maori and European history, and the ecology of park sites, a guided walk with a park ranger is a great way to get some exercise at some fantastic sites.

Free events. Thanks to Auckland Council for supporting Seaweek.

Bookings essential. Ph 09 301 0101 email:


Young Ocean Explorers at Balmoral School (school members only)

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Balmoral SchoolTuesday 1 March.
Primary 10am – 10.40am
Intermediate 11am – 11.40am

Young Ocean Explorers Steve Hathaway and his daughter Riley will visit Balmoral School to give presentations about their work to Primary and Intermediate students.


Mahurangi Regatta

Mahurangi Regatta

Saturday 30 January. Beach events begin 11am at Sullivans Bay, Mahurangi.

Yacht racing from 1pm and the prize giving and dance at Scotts Landing from 6pm.

Contact: Cimino Cole email: Ph 0274 624872


Whau River Eco Boat Tour

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Saturday 27 February at 10.45am. Meet at West End Rowing Club Pontoon. Saunders Reserve is off Timothy Place, off Rosebank Road, Avondale map

Join the Whau River Catchment Trust Educational and Community Coordinators for a 2 hour guided cruise to explore significant ecological and historical sites from the Whau River. Highlights include the Kurt Brehmer Walkway, Te Whau Coastal Walkway, refreshments at Archibald Park, the intertidal mangrove and coastal forest habitats of the Whau River, and the mangrove and saltmarsh habitats of the estuary, Harbourview, Pollen Island and Traherne Island.

Life-jackets and refreshments supplied. Dress suitably for the weather – i.e. sun or rain protection, be prepared to get wet feet when disembarking at Archibald Park boat ramp. Bring binoculars and camera and a picnic lunch for afterwards at Saunders Reserve if you wish.

Cost: $20 per person – maximum 10 persons. Bookings essential email

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Thanks to Waitakere Ranges Local Board for sponsoring this event!


Kaipatiki Project Enviro Family Fun Day

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Saturday 5 March, 10am – 2pm at Kaipatiki Environment Centre,17 Lauderdale Rd, Birkdale, North Shore and adjoining Eskdale Reserve.

A day of eco-activities, fun and music, hosted at Kaipatiki Project’s bush backyard amid the beautiful backdrop of Eskdale Scenic Reserve in Birkdale. Last year we welcomed over 1,000 visitors – this year will be just as much fun plus lots of yummy eco-friendly food options.
For all event queries contact Toni van Tonder


Out and About – Celebrate Seaweek 2016 Parks Bus Tour – Eastern Beaches

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Thursday 3 March, 10am – 12.30pm. Meet at Pohutukawa Park. 22R Whitford-Maraetai Rd, Whitford.

Ever wanted to explore the south east coast of Auckland? Join us on a free bus tour and visit a range of parks and beaches along the east coast of Manukau. Gain insight into the natural and cultural history of the area. Guest speakers will provide a commentary at various sites. Tours begin and end at the starting point.

Complementary light refreshments provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

Places are strictly limited. To book: email or phone 09 301 0101


Weeding bee and clean up at Kaitarakihi Beach


Wednesday 2 March from 1.00 – 3.00pm

EcoMatters Environment Trust will run a weeding bee and clean up at Kaitarakihi beach, near Huia on the Manukau Harbour followed by a BBQ for participants.

Contact: Pamela Gill


Flotilla Whau 2016

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Sunday February 28th, starting 10am at Archibald Reserve, Kelston.

Celebrating the Whau river as an important waterway in our own back yards. For one day each year Flotilla Whau activates the Whau river, bringing it back into view as a place of movement, transport history, and recreation while also highlighting its value as an ecosystem. Join in the parade by bringing any small vessel (kayaks, rowboats, sail boats, waka ama, paddle boards, small powered boats, etc) or by watching from one of the viewing locations.

For details see, FlotillaWhau on Facebook or contact Emily, 027 630 1785.

Funded by the Whau Local Board.


Goodbye Godwits


Saturday 27 February, 1.30 – 3.30pm at Ambury Regional Park.

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 or Ph 09 636 6118

Thanks to Auckland Council for supporting this event!


Friends of Whatipu Sand Sculpture Competition

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Sunday 6 March, 12 noon – 3pm at Whatipu Beach (no dogs).

Celebrate National Children’s Day with Friends of Whatipu and your family and create your own sand sea creature. Great prizes, children and family category.

Karekare Life Surf Saving Club in attendance – please support them with a gold coin donation.

Bring spade, togs, lunch, sunscreen, shade and drinks.

Contact Wayne Mackenzie for more information email


Tamaki River Festival

Tamaki River Festival

Saturday 13 February, 10am to 4pm at Bramley Drive Reserve, Pakuranga.

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.

*Weather postponement day Sunday 14 February 2016.

Thanks to Howick Local Board for supporting this event!


Blue Voluntours and Goat Island Discovery Centre Beach Clean Up


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Help clean up the Goat Island Marine Reserve with Blue Voluntours and the Goat Island Marine Discover Centre.

Friday 5th February from 5pm onwards. Meet at the Marine Reserve on the beach. POSTPONED TO SATURDAY 6 FEB 2016 due to wet & windy weather forecast.


Love Our Lagoons Event

Love Our Lagoons Piha Event

Where: Piha Domain, Piha (access off Seaview Rd) When: 9.30am – 2.30pm Monday 8th February 2016 Cost: Free

Pack a picnic and bring the family out to learn about and explore Piha Stream and Lagoon.

The Piha Stream has a range of fascinating native fish living in it, including glow-in-the-dark limpets. It’s also the only place around Auckland where we know lamprey live. Join us to find out more and to explore the local stream and lagoon. Activities include:

  • Guided walks and talks with expert ecologists – learn about fish and other critters in and around the stream.
  • Water testing demonstrations.
  • Information stalls.
  • Experts on hand to answer questions about local wildlife, septic tanks and other issues.
  • Tasty sausage sizzle.More information is available on the Love Our Lagoons Facebook page where you will also be able to register in advance for the activities and tours (optional).

The event is organised by Auckland Council and supported by Eco Matters, Waitakere Ranges Local Board and the Piha Community.

Find out more: visit

Thanks to Auckland Council for supporting this event!


Choose Clean Water Tour

Choose clean water

Sunday 10 January to Saturday 6 February 2016.

Nationwide tour supported by the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand, Freshwater Foundation and Freshwater For Life to gather stories and raise awareness of the crisis facing freshwater quality in New Zealand.

The group is running a petition to campaign for tighter freshwater quality standards for lakes and rivers. Stories and the petition can be found on the website at and you can follow the tour via the group’s social media feeds:


“Once Upon an Ocean” New Zealand Maritime Museum


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New Zealand Maritime Museum, corner Quay and Hobson Streets, Viaduct Harbour from Friday 26 February to 12 June 2016

‘Once Upon An Ocean’ tells stories of exploration, immigration and imagination. It speaks to all those things that make us who we are. It is about the stories passed down through generations. The nostalgic motifs woven into the installation will inspire you to share memories with whanau and loved ones.

Using their special brand of blue painter’s tape, the TapeArt NZ duo, Erica and Struan, have been delighting communities with their charming and meaningful pop up installations for over 25 years. They have created over 350 ‘here today-gone tomorrow’ murals that live on in photos and people’s memories.

For this project the artists have also worked with students from South Auckland and West Auckland schools to develop two murals containing animated components for the exhibition. The workshops were filmed and the show includes video of students sharing their ideas and what they have produced together.

‘Once Upon An Ocean’ offers the public the chance to get involved, by creating their own tape art story that can be left as part of the exhibition, or taken home as a keepsake.

‘Along the Peninsular’ is the song commissioned by Wellington sound artist, Christine White, to accompany the show, and it brings the experience to life with cheerful warmth and a sense of ‘days gone by’.

The exhibition will be on show at the New Zealand Maritime Museum from Friday 26 February to 12 June 2016. Museum entry is free for Aucklanders


Love Your Coast Manukau Harbour Clean-up & Education Tour


Join us from Monday 15 February to Friday 18 March 2016 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:

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 with your details.

Public clean-up day with Clean-up Stations around the Harbour takes place on Saturday 5 March, 11am – 3pm. Clean-up Stations will be at the following locations:

  • Cornwallis Beach (Pine Ave)
  • 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)


Manukau Harbour Clean-up Station at Cornwallis Beach (Pine Ave)

Saturday 5 March, 11am – 3pm at Pine Ave, Cornwallis Beach.

Part of the Love Your Coast – Manukau Harbour Clean-up we will have environmental education and activity stalls and competitions for children, plus a free BBQ for clean-up volunteers.

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Free event. Sponsored by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board and Massey Meats.

Contact: Monique Wheat email:



ASB Auckland Seafood Festival

Seafood Festival

Savour four glorious days of New Zealand’s most celebrated seafood, live music and celebrity chef demonstrations on Halsey Wharf in the Heart of the City. With breath-taking views of the Waitemata Harbour and an array local flavours luring you in, you’re sure to be hooked.

This year we are excited to introduce Friday and Saturday night sessions… catch us for one or more of the following:

Friday 5pm – 10pm
Saturday 11am – 4pm
Saturday 5 pm – 10pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
Monday 11 am– 4pm

Full details and buy tickets here:

West Coast Art Festival

Monday February 1st, 2016 (Anniversary weekend)  9am – 3pm at Piha Beach (North of Lion Rock). FREE event.
  • Sand sculpture competition – PRIZES!
  • Dance and drumming performances
  • Laughter yoga
  • Activities, displays and sand art
Bring your bucket, spade and a picnic and join in the fun.
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Supported by West Coast Community Arts Trust. Sponsored by Waitakere Ranges Local Board
Enquiries: Julie Nash, Event Organizer, West Coast Community Arts Trust. Ph 09 812 8029


Guided Snorkeling and Kayaking with Experiencing Marine Reserves 2016 programme for Auckland

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Experience the wonders of your local marine reserve or marine environment! The EMR programme has planned FREE Community Guided Snorkel Days around Northland and the Hauraki Gulf. We provide free hire for all the snorkel equipment and provide experienced snorkel guides to lead your discovery.

  • Saturday 5th December 2015 – Torbay, North Shore 10am – 2pm contact Lorna on (Supported by the Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation)
  • Sunday  17th January – Takapuna – 10am – 3pm  contact Lorna  (Supported by the Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation) POSTPONED TO 3 APRIL
  • Saturday 30th January (Sunday 31 BU)– Pollen Island – Kayak Day  – contact Lorna  Registrations required (Supported by the Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation and the Tindall Foundation)
  • Saturday 27th  Feb – Enclosure Bay, Waiheke Is (28th Back up)  – 10am – 2pm, contact Lorna on (Supported by the Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation)
  • Saturday 5th March – Tawharanui (Tawharanui Marine Reserve), Rodney 10am – 3pm contact (Supported by the Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation, DOC and the Tindall Foundation)
  • Saturday 19th March – Matheson’s Bay (Leigh) 10am – 3pm contact (Supported by the Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation)
  • Sunday 20th  March – Goat Island (Cape Rodney to Okakari Pt Marine Reserve) 10am – 2pm contact (Saturday 26th Back up day Goat island) (Supported by the Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation)

Sponsored by the Bobby Stafford- Bush Foundation, the Tindall Foundation the Whangarei Lions, Whangarei District Council,  the Department of Conservation and DOC Community Fund.

Dedicated to the memory of a marine conservation legend Dr Bill Ballantine 1937 – 2015



Free Seaweek Planning Workshop – Central Auckland

Tuesday 17 November 2015 at 3.30pm at Meadowbank School, 68 Waiatarua Rd, Meadowbank.
Register by emailing by 5 November.

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Free Seaweek Planning Workshop – South Auckland

Wednesday 11 November 2015 at 3.30pm at Otahahu Intermediate School, 22-24 Luke St, Otahahu.
Register by emailing by 5 November.


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Free Seaweek Planning Workshop – West Auckland

There will also be a Planning for Seaweek workshop in West Auckland on Friday 13 November as part of the Think Global, Act Local workshop in Henderson. To register to attend any of the workshops please email

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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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