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Sea Week

Huge congratulations to the fantastic Professor Rochelle Constantine who has won The Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her amazing work with cetaceans. So well deserved!

Faculty of Science, University of Auckland
Congratulations to Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine from the School of Biological Sciences! She has won the inaugural Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation.
Associate Professor Constantine's work on a campaign to increase protections for whale populations within the Hauraki Gulf led to slower speeds for large vessels which has dramatically reduced the number of whales injured or killed by ship strike. She has been instrumental in leading a number of initiatives for expanded protection for humpback whales and Māui’s dolphin including revision of guidelines for international dolphin-watch tourism. She was also a strong advocate for the creation of a marine reserve at the Kermadec Islands.
Check out the video below to see some of Rochelle's marine research in action.
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AUCKLAND

FN-Logo-Full-Colour-CMYK_0There will be lots of Seaweek 2018 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

 

Thanks to all our regional Auckland sponsors:

If you attend a Seaweek 2018 event you can win a copy of The Collins Field Guide to the NZ Seashore by completing one of our online Event Reports to tell us what you enjoyed about the event.

 

Auckland Seaweek 2018 Events:

 

Rosebank Saltmarsh Monitoring Day

Date: Saturday 17 March 2018
Time: 1 -5pm
Location: 120 Patiki Road, Rosebank, Auckland. Meet at the entrance gate to the Rosebank Domain speedway at the end of Patiki Rd.
Cost: Free
Contact: Please RSVP to Amber on amber@whauriver.org.nz with the number of people attending or Ph 021 0223 8298

Come join the Whau River Catchment Trust and discover what lives between the tides on your local shore. We are joining up with Seaweek and the Marine Metre Squared Project to monitor our soft shores!

On Saturday 17 Nov we will be heading to the salt marsh near the Rosebank Domain to run a transect line and collect data on plants and animals in the area. This is a great way to learn about soft shore species and ecosystems while contributing to a citizen science project.

Warning – you will get muddy! But hey, that’s half the fun.

What you need to bring: gumboots (no exceptions), water, sunhat, sunscreen, pencil, snacks, towel/plastic bag for muddy shoes, day pack.

This is a family friendly event for over 5s only due to the tricky terrain.

Parking on Patiki Rd with a short walk to the site. Space is limited so make sure you book in advance.

 

Pohutukawa Coast Clean-up, Maraetai

Join the Scouts, Cubs and Keas for a beach clean-up during Seaweek and help clean up the Pohutukawa Coast. Each person to wear gloves and sensible shoes.

Dates and Times:

Monday 5 March 2018, 6.30pm (Monday Keas & Cubs) – Meet at Eastern End of Umupuia Beach S36.90494 E175.0702
Roll call, 5 min quick fire as to why we are cleaning up the beach, safety briefing, Split into sixes each with at least one adult.
Each six to take two rubbish bags, each person to wear gloves. Walk west along Umupuia Beach, collecting rubbish on beach / foreshore and recording items to the last rubbish bin @ the end of the beach. Parents to collect and sign out at 8.00 pm.

Tuesday 6 March 2018, 6.30pm (Tuesday Cubs) – Meet on grass bank next to Magazine Bay carpark
Roll call, 5 min quick fire as to why we are cleaning up the beach, safety briefing. Split into sixes each with at least one adult. Each six to take two rubbish bags, each person to wear gloves. Group split into two. One half of the pack start at point just around from Maraetai Beach, the other half starting at the south end of Magazine Bay and working back towards each other. Sixes walk towards each other, collecting rubbish on beach / foreshore and recording items until they meet. Return to beach opposite the Magazine Bay Carpark for parents to collect and sign out at 8:00pm.

Thursday 8 March 2018, 6.30pm (Weds & Thurs Scouts) – Meet on grass bank next to Magazine Bay carpark

Roll call, 5 min quick fire as to why we are cleaning up the beach, safety briefing. Each Scout to wear gloves and a head-torch and to buddy up into a group of 4-6 equally abled Scouts. Each group to take two rubbish bags and a record sheet. Split group. Two groups of the less-able Scouts to walk South and start picking up from the end of Magazine Bay. They will stop at the high-tide mark  closest to the collection point (S36.88816, E175.0584) to start tallying up the rubbish that they have collected (we will have large tarp available to do this upon). At 8.20pm parent help cars arrive to shuttle the Scouts and Leaders back to Magazine Bay (picking up on the shore side of the road, turning around at Umupuia, returning to the carpark to drop-off) ready for parents to collect and sign out at 8.30pm.

Monday 12 March 2018 – Beachlands school clean up from Pineharbour and Beachlands beaches. Meet 9.30am at Beachlands School.

Wednesday 14 March 2018 – Maraetai school clean up of Maraetai and Omana beaches. Meet 10.30am at Maraetai Beach School.

Wednesday 21 March 2018, 6.30pm (Wednesday Scouts) – Meet at 1st rahui sign along Umupuia Beach (opposite Umupuia marae).
Roll call, 5 min quick fire as to why we are cleaning up the beach, safety briefing. Each Scout to wear gloves and a head-torch and to buddy up into a group of 4-6 equally abled Scouts. Each group to take two rubbish bags and a record sheet.
Collect from last rubbish bin to the beginning of the jet ski lane beach. Arrive at High tide mark closest to the Rubbish pick up point (S36.89367  E175.06117) at or before 7.50pm where all will be involved in tallying up the rubbish that they have collected and putting in to appropriate bags (we will have large tarp available to do this upon). At 8.20pm parent help cars arrive to shuttle the Scouts and Leaders back to Magazine Bay (picking up on the shore side of the road, turning around at Umupuia, returning to the carpark to drop-off) ready for parents to collect and sign out at 8.30pm.

Cost: Free
Contact: Tracey-Lee Dalton, email: tldalton@tepuru.co.nz

 

 

OSOF Beach Scavenger Hunt / Potluck

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 3pm
Location: St Helier’s Beach, Auckland.
Cost: Free
Contact: Juliette Abbott, email: julietteabbott@gmail.com Ph: (021) 284-0707

Come along for this fun family event and be in to win a couple of plastic free goodies to take home! The directions for the scavenger hunt will be emailed to you on the day to avoid paper waste. Good luck!

Bring along a plate of nibbles if you can for the potluck!

Organised by Our Seas Our Future.

 

Rotoroa Island Family Volunteer Day

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 8.45am – 6.30pm
Location: Ferry departs Auckland (Pier 3-4), via Orapiu (Waiheke).
Cost: Reduced ferry fares apply
Contact: To book: https://www.fullers.co.nz/timetables-plus-fares/?key=RotoroaIsland

Join us for a fun family volunteer day, celebrating Seaweek and Children’s Day and get a 40% volunteer discount off your ferry tickets!

With the help of Sustainable Coastlines we will be hosting a beach clean-up to keep our coastline beautiful; many hands make light work – even little ones! All volunteers will receive important health & safety info and collect reusable rubbish sacks and gloves. We’ll give advice on the best clean-up spots around the island. After you’re done, you will return to the station with your coastal trash so we can dispose of it properly and reward your efforts with a sausage sizzle.

DAY PLAN

8:45am: Ferry departs Auckland (Pier 3-4), via Orapiu (Waiheke)
10am: Arrive on Rotoroa, short welcome and biosecurity check.
10:20am: Meet at the Visitor Centre for a Family Day briefing and then head off on a 1 hour guided walk with an Auckland Zoo keeper introducing you to the island as a predator free wildlife sanctuary.
Lunch: Bring a picnic to share with your family.
1pm: Meet at the Visitor Centre for a Sustainable Coastlines ‘Love Your Coast’ Presentation and a quick health & safety briefing before you begin your coastal clean-up work at 1:30pm.
3:30pm: Sausage sizzle for all volunteers outside the Visitor Centre.
5:15pm: Ferry departs Rotoroa arriving at 6:30pm in downtown Auckland. 

GETTING HERE

360 Discovery ferries depart from downtown Auckland to Rotoroa Island at 8.45am every morning.
The ferry is departing from Rotoroa Island to Auckland at 5.15pm.
The trip takes just over an hour, with a stop-off at Waiheke’s Orapiu wharf on the way to Rotoroa Island.
You can also get to Rotoroa Island by ferry from Coromandel.
Timetable and fare information:
https://www.fullers.co.nz/timetables-plus-fares/?key=RotoroaIsland

WHAT TO BRING

– Your own food and plenty of water as there are no shops on the island
– Walking shoes, sunblock and a sun hat
– Swimming gear and towels

BIOSECURITY INFORMATION

Before you visit please:
– Check your bags thoroughly for rodents, insects (especially ants) and other pests prior to boarding the ferry
– All bags must be SEALED – plastic bags, open top bags and supermarket bags are easy for pests to access so please leave these at home
– Carry food in sealed, rodent proof plastic containers and take your rubbish home
– Check your footwear is clean and that there is no soil or seeds in laces or treads
– Leave your bicycle at home and if you’re bringing a buggy, make sure your tyre treads aren’t packed with dirt or insects
– Leave your dog on board your vessel if visiting by boat as no dogs or domestic animals are permitted as they may endanger the island’s wildlife, particularly shore birds.

Find out more about Rotoroa Island by visiting our website:http://rotoroa.org.nz/

 

Seaweek Celebration at the Flagship

Date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Time: 5 – 8pm
Location: Sustainable Coastlines, 37-55 Madden Street, Auckland, New Zealand 1010
Cost: Free. Sign up on Facebook
Contact: Please RSVP either through this Facebook event or by email to jodi@sustainablecoastlines.org. Call Jodi on 021 579 983 for more information.

To celebrate this year’s Seaweek, join Sustainable Coastlines & Friends at The Flagship Education Centre in Auckland’s downtown Wynyard Quarter on Thursday 8 March.

We’ll be opening up the doors from 5pm to one and all, with smooth tunes provided by the fabulous DJ Murry Sweetpants. We’ll also have speeches from our team and other speakers (to be announced soon), telling tales from our times protecting our oceans.

Entry is free, and the bar will be open with drinks from our friends at Corona, Yealand’s Wines and Phoenix Organics. If the weather is fine, we’ll even spark up the BBQ.

Jump on your bike, grab a bus or walk down here and join others who care about our beautiful coastlines and waterways. Please RSVP either through this Facebook event or by email to jodi@sustainablecoastlines.org. Call Jodi on 021 579 983 for more information.

 

Great Barrier Beach Clean

Date: Monday 5 March 2018
Time: 9am – 6pm
Location: Gulf Eco Adventures, 1287 Sandspit Rd, Warkworth, Auckland
Cost: $120
Contact: info@gulfecoadventures.co.nz or Ph 021 831 938 bookings essential

NEW ZEALAND SEA WEEK: Saturday 3rd – Sunday 11th March. We will be getting into the spirit of this event by running a Great Barrier Island Beach Clean-Up trip on Monday 5th March 9am-6pm. This trip is limited to 12 passengers & will include approximately 2 hours of removing rubbish from one of Great Barriers most polluted beaches. It will also include a couple of hours swimming, kayaking & snorkeling with lunch provided. Cost: $120pp (over 12 years only) with proceeds being donated to Forest & Bird NZ. Reserve days of Tues 6th / Wed 7th will be set aside if there is bad weather. RSVP your details via private message & help to rid our oceans of rubbish!

 

Glass Bottom Boat Tours

Date: Monday 5 – Friday 9 March 2018
Time: Several tours daily
Location:  Goat Island, Leigh, Auckland
Contact: http://glassbottomboat.co.nz/

Grab a special discount on Goat Island Glass Bottom Boat tours from Monday – Friday during Seaweek.

Use the promo code SEAWEEK18 when booking to get 10% off adult tickets.

 

Hauraki Gulf Clean-up Day

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: noon – 3pm
Location:  Hauraki Gulf, Auckland
Cost: Free

As part of our Love Your Coast Tamaki Makaurau project and in celebration of Seaweek, we would love you to join us on Saturday 3 March 2018 on the beautiful coastline around our Hauraki Gulf. With three registration stations on the mainland, there are plenty of opportunities for all to get involved in this clean-up action and have a fantastic time on our coasts.

For more information or to register, visit our website: http://sustainablecoastlines.org/event/hauraki-gulf-clean-day/

From 12pm to 3pm on Saturday 3 March 2018, we’re asking volunteers to meet our teams at our clean-up stations to register, receive important health & safety information and collect reusable rubbish sacks and gloves. From there you can head out to your favourite clean-up location. After you’re done, return to the station with your coastal trash so we can dispose of it properly and reward your efforts with some delicious refreshments.

Stations will be posted at:
– Sustainable Coastlines Flagship Education Centre, Wynyard Quarter (servicing the upper Waitemata to St Heliers)
– Milford Reserve, Milford, run by our awesome friends at Honey Wraps (servicing the North Shore).
– Eastern Beach, Eastern Beach, managed by the amazing Ceres Organics (servicing the eastern beaches)

What to bring:
– Closed-toed, sturdy shoes such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots are required for participation. Gumboots are not allowed. Coastal terrain can be challenging with rocks that can be sharp, loose and slippery.
– Warm and waterproof clothes: NZ weather is unpredictable. Bring at least one warm top layer and a rain jacket.
– Sun hat and sun cream.
– Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
– Packed lunch and snacks.
– Camera (optional) – this is a unique and beautiful location and we’d love to see your photos. Use #loveyourcoast on social media or email to camden@sustainablecoastlines.org

We provide:
– Reusable rubbish sacks and gloves
– Drinking and hand-washing water
– Health and Safety briefing and documents
– First aid kits
– A fun, healthy and safe environment
Refreshments for afterwards

For more information or to register, visit our website: http://sustainablecoastlines.org/event/hauraki-gulf-clean-day/

 

Waiheke Island Clean-up Day

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 8.30am – 3pm
Location:  Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland
Cost: Free

As part of our Love Your Coast Tamaki Makaurau project and in celebration of Seaweek, we would love you to join us on Saturday 3 March 2018 on the jewel of the Waitemata Harbour – Waiheke Island.

Please register here: http://sustainablecoastlines.org/event/waiheke-island-cleanup-day/

Thanks to a partnership with Fullers Ferries, we have 100 complimentary return spaces for registered volunteers coming from Auckland City, on one of the following sailings: 6am, 7am, 8am, 8:30am.

Event Details:
From 8:30am to 3pm on Saturday 3 March 2018, we’re asking volunteers to meet our teams at our clean-up stations to register, receive important health & safety information and collect reusable rubbish sacks and gloves.From there you can head out to your favourite clean-up location. After you’re done, return to the station with your coastal trash so we can dispose of it properly.

Stations will be posted at:
– Matiatia near the Fullers Terminal
– Charlie Farley’s restaurant, Onetangi Beach

If you have a vehicle or a boat that you would be happy to have involved, please let Sam Judd know (021 058 9349, sam@sustainablecoastlines.org) and come to join the fun! This will really help us to get to the more remote places of this beautiful island to give her the clean-up she deserves.

What to bring:
– Closed-toed, sturdy shoes such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots are required for participation. Gumboots are not allowed. Coastal terrain can be challenging with rocks that can be sharp, loose and slippery.
– Warm and waterproof clothes: NZ weather is unpredictable. Bring at least one warm top layer and a rain jacket.
– Sun hat and sun cream.
– Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
– Packed lunch and snacks.
– Camera (optional) – this is a unique and beautiful location and we’d love to see your photos. Use #loveyourcoast on social media or email to camden@sustainablecoastlines.org

We provide:
– Reusable rubbish sacks and gloves
– Drinking and hand-washing water
– Health and Safety briefing and documents
– First aid kits
– A fun, healthy and safe environment

More information:
For more information, please contact Sam Judd on 021 058 9349 or sam@sustainablecoastlines.org

Please register here: http://sustainablecoastlines.org/event/waiheke-island-clean-day

 

Volvo Ocean Race Auckland

Dates: Saturday 24 February – Sunday 18 March 2018
Time: daily
Location:  Viaduct Harbour Race Village, Auckland
Cost: Free

The Volvo Ocean Race boats will arrive in Auckland soon and 23 days of free entertainment is planned at the race Village in the Viaduct Harbour. This will include the racing boats on display, big TV screens, a challenge of muscles, information exhibits, entertainment and activities for children. The village extends from the Eastern Viaduct across Te Wero Island to the Viaduct Events Centre and the racing teams will be based on the wharf beyond the events centre.

Entertainment will be provided on the island, which will have two bars, screens to watch the sailing action, a stage for acts including Elemeno P, Sons of Zion, Hipstamatics, Anika Moa, and the Jordan Luck Band. There will be magic shows, face-painting, glow-in-the-dark stilt walkers, poi dancers and a children’s obstacle course.

At the Eastern Viaduct, people will be able to test their strength on two grinders, the manual winches the racers use to control the boats’ sails. Half a boat of the same design as those in the race will be set up as a exhibit for inspection. Visitors will be able to crawl through a full-size Volvo Ocean 65 boat display and see what it is like to sleep in a bunk, stand at the helm, check out the living conditions and get a real feel for every aspect of life on board.

Race Village timetable:
• February 24 – Race village opens
• February 27 – Fleet expected to arrive
• March 9 – In-port practice race
• March 10 – In-port race
• March 15 – Peroni Pro-Am Practice Race
• March16 – Peroni Pro-Am Race Series
• March 18 – Fleet departs and start of race to Brazil

There are some special Seaweek events planned for the Volvo Ocean Race Village on the main stage:

CEO of Sustainable Coastlines, Sam Judd @ Volvo Ocean Race Village

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 11am – 12pm
Location:  iHeartRadio Entertainment Stage, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Cost: Free

VOLVO OCEAN RACE: LEGENDS SERIES

CEO of Sustainable Coastlines and 2013’s Young New Zealander of the year, Sam Judd tells us how they have grown into a globally recognised movement and educates and empowers communities to protect the places they love.

LIVE and FREE on the iHeartRadio Entertainment Stage!

 

Steve and Riley @ Volvo Ocean Race Village

Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 11am – 12pm
Location:  iHeartRadio Entertainment Stage, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland
Cost: Free

VOLVO OCEAN RACE: LEGENDS SERIES

Steve and Riley have been on a mission to inspire kids to love our ocean, through entertaining education. Hear how they are capturing children’s imaginations through great storytelling, bringing the beauty, awe and fascination of the ocean and its inhabitants alive.

LIVE and FREE on the iHeartRadio Entertainment Stage!

 

 

Seaweek Schools at WERO

 

 

Date: Monday 5 March 2018
Time: Session 1: 9am – 12.15pm, Session 2: 10.15am – 1.45pm, Session 3: 10.30am – 2.15pm
Location:  Vector Wero Whitewater Park, 770 Great South Rd, Wiri, Auckland
Cost: Free

To celebrate Seaweek 2018, Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust and Vector Wero Whitewater Park have joined forces to provide a FREE programme to educate young tamariki about how and why we should keep our seas and rivers clean!
The 3 hour programme will consist of three different activities:
• The Great Drain Game
 – A hands-on storm water activity designed to teach tamariki how to correctly dispose of common household substances that can cause pollution.
• The Water Catchment Model
 – An interactive model showing how water pollution is produced by human activity. Students enjoy making their own rain and seeing how water enters our rivers and streams – and eventually into the ocean.
• Learning to kayak on the lake
 – Students learn to kayak on Vector Wero’s lake through fun games and activities. If we don’t understand the importance of protecting and restoring our rivers and oceans– is this an activity that our tamariki will no longer be able to enjoy?
Bookings are essential and are subject to availability.
If you wish to register your interest in your students participating in this event, please email Tiana (tiana@pacific.org.nz) with:
• The number of students you wish to book (minimum of 15, maximum of 30 students)
• Student Year Level
• What session time you would like to book (select one only)
◦ 9am – 12.15pm
◦ 10.15am – 1.45pm
◦ 10.30am – 2.15pm
Please note that the timings above also include a lunch break for the students 😊

 

Sustainable Fishing Methods at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s

Date: Saturday 83 – Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 9.30am – 5pm daily
Location:  Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland.
Cost: Entry fees apply

Visit Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s during Seaweek to discover the best practices for fishing sustainably. Get hands on with the Precision Seafood Harvest rig, learn about by-catch and play the interactive game to find out how you can fish sustainably.

 

Bill Ballantine Memorial Lecture 2018: Antarctica, NZ False Killer Whales and Ocean Champion Award

Date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Time: 7-9pm
Location:  University of Auckland, Lecture theatre 3 (OGGB3) on Level 0 of the Owen G Glenn Building on Grafton Road. Click for map.
Cost: Free
Contact: Nick Shears, email: n.shears@auckland.ac.nz

This year’s Bill Ballantine Memorial Lecture hosted by the University of Auckland and the Zoological Society of Auckland features an exciting line-up of researchers and educators who are exploring the mysteries of the Antarctic and some of our least well known cetaceans. Exclusive footage from Blue Planet II will be shown.

Jenny Hillman has recently completed her PhD at the University of Auckland’s Institute of Marine Science examining how different benthic habitats influence ecosystem functioning and services. In this talk she will be presenting research from her recent trip to Antarctica  investigating the benthic ecosystems that exist under the ice.  Jen will provide a glimpse of the colourful but hidden world that covers the sediment, and look at the changes that have been found there as a result of climate change.

 

 

 

Steve Hathaway started filming underwater professionally in 2008. Since then his footage has appeared on BBC’s Blue Planet 2, Discovery TV and TVNZ in numerous award-winning documentaries including the popular and timely documentary ‘Blackfish’.  He’s an enthusiastic communicator who passionately educates the public on how incredible and fascinating the ocean is and the life that lives in it.  He has also created the children’s series Young Ocean Explorers and says “There is nothing as powerful as a great story to captivate a child’s imagination. My mission is to inspire children to love the ocean through entertaining education to engage their innate curiosity of the natural world and science. Visit their new interactive marine education website at: http://www.youngoceanexplorers.com/

 

Jochen Zaeschmar initiated the New Zealand false killer whale research programme in 2005 which eventually led him create the Far Out Ocean Research Collective; a platform for collaborative research on the open ocean environment. He is a conservation biologist with an MSc from Massey University, Auckland on the ecology of New Zealand’s little-known false killer whales. Jochen is a commercial skipper and owner of Far Out’s main research vessel, the Manawanui. Passionate about marine conservation, he is a member of various conservation groups and dedicates much of his time to the promotion of greater awareness and appreciation of the ocean and its inhabitants. He lives and works in the Bay of Islands. Image: Doug Perrine.

Dr Glenn Simmons manages the research project ‘Value Adding in the Seafood Industry’ at the New Zealand Asia Institute, University of Auckland Business School. This project seeks to assist seafood businesses sustainably create, deliver and capture more value from their activities in overseas (especially Asian) markets. In 2011, he uncovered the problem of inhumane living and working conditions, and the use of forced labour on New Zealand chartered foreign fishing vessels. This led to a Ministerial Inquiry, a major shift in government policy, and legislation requiring all foreign charter vessels to be reflagged to New Zealand by 2016. In 2016, Glenn and co-researchers revealed wide-scale under-reporting and dumping of marine fish in New Zealand waters over six decades. New Zealand’s true catch (1950-2013) was put at 2.7 times the official figure. Currently Glenn is also focused the ‘Charting the Uncharted project – a unique, high-impact collaboration of global significance that brings together a multidisciplinary team to create solutions to the critical challenges facing the global fishing industry. The overarching goal is to understand the root causes of environmental and human rights abuses on fishing vessels operating on the high seas, and above all, identify concrete measures to enhance marine conservation.

The evening will also feature the awarding of the Seaweek Ocean Champion 2018 sponsored by the New Zealand Coastal Society.

     

 

 

Friends of the Farm Harbour Clean-up, Mangere Bridge

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 10am
Location: Meeting at the Boat club,  Shelley Beach, Kiwi Esplanade
Cost: Free
Contact: Janine email:Janine.Nillesen@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz Ph 09 636 6118

 

Motuihe Snorkel Day

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 8am – 4pm
Location: Motuihe Island, Hauraki Gulf
Cost: Only a $25 ferry ticket to get onto the island!
Contact: Sophie on 021 0645125 or sophie@emr.org.nz

Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the first Motuihe Snorkel Day. Snorkel at Calypso Bay and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket!

Bookings are essential. Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/gSg97IiBOVAu78332

Ever wondered what lives under the water at Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf? Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for a snorkel with our experienced guides and get FREE mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit hire.

Safe fun for the whole whanau!

 

Goodbye Godwits

 

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 11am – 2pm
Location: Ambury RDA School, 66 Wellesley Rd, Mangere Bridge
Cost: Free
Contact: Janine email:Janine.Nillesen@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz Ph 09 636 6118

The godwits are on their way! Bar tailed godwits are long haul champions. Every year they fly huge distances to and from their breeding grounds in Alaska. Their outward journey is in two hops via the Yellow Sea in China then, after breeding, they return on a direct flight from Alaska to New Zealand. This non-stop return journey of more than 11,000km across the Pacific Ocean is the longest known of any migratory bird.

The afternoon will include a chance to learn more about these fascinating wader birds and see them and other feathered friends on the local shell banks in the Manukau Harbour.

Please note: this year we are running the event in conjunction with the Ambury Park Riding School Carboot Sale. Find the Friends of the Farm gazebo , marked with a large flag, and we’ll show you where the birds are. Please park in the paddock and make your way into the carboot area.

Equipment: binoculars (if you have them), suitable walking shoes, camera, water, clothing suitable to the weather (bird roosts are quite an exposed site). Bring a friend!

 

 

Puhinui Beach Walk and Clean-up: Papatoetoe

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: 9.30am – 12pm noon
Location: Meet at end of Prices Road, off Puhinui Road
Cost: Free

Celebrating Seaweek and Parks Week. Join your local Ranger to learn more about your community parks in South Auckland. Clean-up the beach along the way. Flat ground but will be wet, off track.

Bookings essential – limit 25 people. Email Kara.Goddard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 

Manukau Harbour Public Clean-up Day

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 9 – 12pm noon
Location: Manukau Harbour, Auckland
Cost: Free

To celebrate the end of Seaweek 2018, on Saturday 10 March, we’re heading back to the Manukau Harbour, to follow on from the success of 2016 and 2017’s campaigns. With 386 kilometres of coastline, attempting to clean up the Manukau Harbour — Aotearoa/New Zealand’s second largest – is a massive task.

Join us on the day by dropping into one of our clean-up stations, strategically located around the harbour. Please register through the link here to help us to plan for numbers and Health & Safety considerations.

Event Details

Clean-up stations will be located at:

From 9am to 12 midday on Saturday 10 March 2018, meet our team at any of our clean-up stations around the Manukau Harbour to register, receive important Health & Safety information and pick-up sacks, gloves and other important equipment. The last volunteers will be taken at 12pm and the stations will shut down around 1pm.

From the stations, you’ll be directed where to head to start the clean-up. We will be encouraging people to jump back in their cars and head out to some harder to reach spots, so if you’re willing for this that would be great – we’ll give you maps and all the info you need. If you’d prefer to hang around the immediate areas, that will be very welcome. Bring your haul and your gear back to the station and we’ll have some delicious refreshments on hand.

What to bring

  • Closed-toe sturdy shoes, such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots are required for participation. Gumboots are not allowed. Coastal terrain can be challenging with rocks that can be sharp, loose and slippery.
  • Warm and waterproof clothes: NZ weather is unpredictable. Bring at least one warm top layer and a rain jacket.
  • Sun hat, sun cream and other sunsmart gear.
  • Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
  • Snacks.
  • Camera (optional) – this is a unique and beautiful location and we’d love to see your photos. Use #loveyourcoast on social media or email to camden@sustainablecoastlines.org

We provide

  • Reusable rubbish sacks and gloves
  • Drinking and hand washing water
  • Sunblock, hand sanitiser and soap
  • Health and Safety briefing and documents
  • First aid kits and first aid trained staff
  • A fun, healthy and safe environment
  • Refreshments for afterwards

More information

Please contact Fletcher on fletcher@sustainablecoastlines.org or 021 871 918

Register now

Please register now to confirm your attendance using this form, this helps us plan our logistics and catering requirements.

 

 

Kick off Clean-up: Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club

Image: Roma Anderson, Liminal (2017)

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 8 – 11am
Location: Panmure Lagoon Sailing Club
Cost: Free

Contact: exhibitions@uxbridge.org.nz Ph 09 535 6467

The Uxbridge Malcolm Smith Gallery Estuary Art and Ecology Prize: Kick off clean-up.

We are kicking off EAA12 with projects to bring attention to this treasured part of our neighbourhood as part of Seaweek 2018.

Join us on Saturday 10 March from 8-11am to help clean up this unique and vital catchment.

All materials supplied. Please wear closed footwear or gumboots.

Entries to the Estuary Art and Ecology Prize open in late March. Keep an eye out for updates on our Facebook Page.

Supported by the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board.

 

Harbourview Wetland Guided Walk

 

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 10am – 12pm noon
Location:  Harbourview, Te Atatu, Auckland. Meeting instructions will be given via RSVP. Bookings essential. Please contact motumanawa@gmaill.com to register your attendance
Cost: Free

A guided walk hosted by Forest & Bird Motu Manawa Restoration Group to explore Harbourview’s wetland wilderness on Te Atatu Peninsula.

Numbers: 20 guests maximum.
Fitness: Medium level of personal fitness required to walk through mud and scrub. Gumboots or sturdy footwear recommended.

Harbourview wetland is a haunting wilderness which lies along the eastern coastline of Te Atatu Peninsula. To celebrate World Wetland Day, the Forest & Bird Motu Manawa Restoration Group is leading a guided walk with informed commentary to this starkly beautiful place.
Harbourview’s wetlands are a remarkable environment. The area is vast – much bigger than many people realise. It represents the last major unreclaimed wetlands of the Upper Waitemata Harbour. There are hectares of freshwater swamp and saline marshland featuring multi-coloured swards of the original species of native vegetation.
The signature native bird species we might glimpse are fernbird and banded rail. At low tide, the nearby Whau River estuary transforms itself into a different world with vast exposed sand and mud flats that feed tens of thousands of wading and migratory birds. This allows us to examine the extensive mangrove forest that lies offshore.
There’s lots else of interest about this wild and beautiful place in the heart of Auckland city, guided by Forest & Bird Motu Manawa Restoration Group, with many opportunities to observe the flora, fauna, geology, and historical sites along the way.

 

Westhaven Marina Open Day

Date: Sunday 25 March 2018
Time: 12 – 4pm
Location: 137 Westhaven Drive, Auckland
Cost: Free

The Westhaven Marina Open Day is on from 12pm-4pm on Sunday 25 March. It’s a fun day out at one of the world’s biggest Marinas. Interested exhibitors with any connection with the sea and boating are very welcome to contact Zoe on zoe.hawkins@panuku.co.nz. There is no charge to exhibit, there is plenty of space, and it is a fun, busy day for all.

 

FLICKS Titirangi: Chasing Coral – SOLD OUT

Date: Friday 2 March 2018 – SOLD OUT
Time: 7pm for DJ, film starts once dark approx 8.15pm
Location: on the roof under the canopy tent at Lopdell House, Titirangi, Auckland
Cost: Free admission, limited seating

Friday 2nd March on the roof under the canopy tent at Lopdell House. Chasing Coral’ (PG) 90 mins offers a breathtakingly beautiful look at some of the Earth’s most incredible natural wonders while delivering a sobering warning about their uncertain future. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6fHA9R2cKI

Musical entertainment from DJ John Goudge prior to the film screening.

Bookings are essential to be guaranteed a place. Phone 09 817 2583.

Presented by FLICKS Titirangi and sponsored by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board and Lopdell Precinct.

   

 

Onehunga Festival

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Onehuga Bay Reserve.
Cost: Free

-The Onehunga Festival is back-

Bring your friends and family down to the Onehunga Bay Reserve for a day of free family entertainment.
Entertainment: Various acts throughout the event with headliners from Stoneyhunga’s finest SWIDT
Water activities: Enjoy wakeboarding, waka ama, Sea Scouts and the new on-water inflatable.
Stalls: With over 30 stalls of food, purchasing and fun our stalls will have something for people to enjoy.
Amusements: Fun for all ages! The festival is hosting a: pirate ship adventure; volcano run; bouncy castle; basketball challenge; extreme air jumper; Old MacDonald farm

Thanks to our sponsors – Transpower – Panuku – Jackon Industries – Mercury Energy – Denise Lee, MP for Maungakiekie – Grove Mitre 10 Onehunga

 

Cornwallis Clean-up, Eco-Education Hub and Sand Sculpture Competition

 

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 9am – 2pm with Sand Sculpture Competition starting at 11am
Location: Cornwallis Beach, Pine Ave entrance off Huia Rd, Waitakere Ranges.
Cost: Free

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

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

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

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

Three categories:

  • Children sculpture under 16 years old
  • Adult sculpture
  • Family/group of adults and children sculpture
  • Plus the People’s Choice award – popular vote

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

  

 

 

FLICKS Titirangi: The Odyssey – SOLD OUT

 

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018 – SOLD OUT
Time: 7pm for DJ, film starts once dark approx 8.15pm
Location: on the roof under the canopy tent at Lopdell House, Titirangi, Auckland
Cost: Free admission, limited seating

Saturday 3rd March on the roof under the canopy tent at Lopdell House see the first screening of ‘The Odyssey’ (PG) 120 mins a feature drama about the life of Jacques Cousteau. See the trailer here.

Bookings are essential to be guaranteed a place. Phone 09 817 2583.

Musical entertainment from DJ Zebra prior to the film screening.

Presented by FLICKS Titirangi and sponsored by the Waitakere Ranges Local Board and Lopdell Precinct.

   

 

Love Your Coast Tāmaki Makaurau

Following on from the success of two years of Love Your Coast Manukau Harbour in 2016 and 2017, we’ve decided that in term 1, 2018 we’re going to bite off our biggest piece of coastal clean-up pie yet and tackle the entire Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland) region, from north to south, east to west. This is our biggest New Zealand based clean-up project to date and you are invited to be a part of it. We have opportunities for community members, groups, schools and corporates to get involved. Please see below for more info.

Community Volunteers

If you’re out there in the community and are keen to help out with some coastal clean-up action, we will be holding two large-scale public clean-up days in conjunction with Seaweek 2018, on Saturday, March 3 in the Waitemata / Hauraki Gulf and Saturday, March 10 in the Manukau Harbour. More details will be released on these days soon so save the dates and watch this space!

Schools

From February 12 to April 13, 2018, we offer your school, at no cost, an educational presentation and optional beach clean-up, coordinated by our team.

Our experienced presenters — who have delivered educational presentations to more than 177,000 people — will visit your school at a time that suits and using imagery, and a dynamic presentation, will build an understanding of the challenges and effects of litter in the marine environment and motivate students to look after their local stretch of coast.

Our team can also coordinate an optional coastal clean-up event at your local or preferred beach and we have many suitable beaches ready and waiting for your loving students. We will provide rubbish sacks, gloves and health and safety equipment, however, transport must be organised and paid for by the school.

Please contact Fletcher Sunde on 021 871 918 or fletcher@sustainablecoastlines.org to book your spot.

More details for schools are here.

Corporates

There are three ways for corporate groups to get involved with Love Your Coast Tāmaki Makaurau 2018:

  1. Take part in public clean-up days with your team on March 3 and March 10. More information on these dates will be released shortly, watch this space.
  2. Come out in our corporate clean-up week from April 16 to 20 where we’ll take crews to get stuck right into the hard to reach spots that we can’t take school groups to.
  3. Become an official sponsor of the project and we’ll coordinate a clean-up specifically for you and your team, in addition to all our other sponsorhsip benefits (please see below).

For more information on any of the above please contact Fletcher on 021 871 918 or fletcher@sustainablecoastlines.org.

Sponsorship

We’re looking for caring corporates to get behind the project. We need to raise funds to cover essential logistical, Health and Safety, transport and training costs, and sponsorship is crucial to ensure this project’s success.

More details for sponsors are here.

Thanks to our collaborators: NZAEE Seaweek, NZ Phoenix Organic, Kwik-N-Ezy, Singapore Airlines, APL Window Solutions and Benefitz.

 

Ontogeny – Ocean VR Project

Image: Barry Peters

Date: From Saturday 3 February to Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Mairangi Bay Arts Centre, 20 Hastings Rd, Mairangi Bay, Auckland
Cost: Free.

Mairangi Arts Centre is proud to present ‘Ontogeny’, our very first Virtual Reality exhibition.

With support from Creative Communities Auckland, and in collaboration with the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, ‘Ontogeny’ aims to give visitors an understanding of the fragile balance of life in Aotearoa’s marine ecosystem and inspire them to engage with marine conservation in a deeper way.

New Zealand supports one the world’s most extensive and plentiful coastlines; yet the world beneath the waves is alien to many. Species that were once plentiful and abundant are now rare, relicts, and memories. The need for strong conservation measures has never been so dire, but conservation requires familiarity to generate support, hence the conundrum presented to marine conservationists: how to generate familiarity with a world that is inherently alien to so many? Teasing apart the complex interactions that characterise ecosystems is the job of scientists, however communicating such findings to a wider public, beyond the scientific community, can be challenging.

Join us for the closing day events to round off Sea Week on Sunday, 11 March.

Kicking things off at 11am:
Panel Talk with the team behind Ontogeny:
Deakin Palmer, videographer/artist
Benn’jamin Hannsjamin, PhD candidate in marine biology, University of Auckland
Harry Allard, PhD candidate in marine biology, University of Auckland
Lucy Van Oosterom, (Marine Biologist, NZ Geographic)
Angela Suh, Producer.

 

 

Goat Island Snorkel Day

 

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Date: POSTPONED TO Sunday 25 March 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Once at Goat Island walk down the hill and follow the EMR signs.
Cost: Free. Register on the day from 10am-3pm. Donations welcome. Weather permitting.

No dogs are allowed at Goat Island – even within cars.

Explore the waters Goat Island – NZ’s oldest marine reserve. Find snapper, parore and goatfish. 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.

Postponements on EMR website and EMR Facebook page.

 

 

Tawharanui Snorkel Day

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Date: Saturday 17 March 2018 POSTPONED TO Saturday 24 March 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Tawharanui Regional Park – we will either be at Jones Bay or Anchor Bay depending on sea conditions.
Cost: Free. Register on the day from 10am-3pm. Donations welcome. Weather permitting.

No dogs are allowed within the park – even within cars.

Explore the waters of the Tawharanui Peninsula. Find crayfish, parore and goatfish. 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.

Postponements on EMR website and EMR Facebook page.

 

 

Takapuna Snorkel Day

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Date: Sunday 25 February 2018
Time: 11am – 4pm
Location: Takapuna Beach, Auckland. We will be set up North of the boat ramp at 24 The Promenade, Takapuna. Parking is pay and display on the surrounding streets.
Cost: Free. Register on the day from 11am-4pm. Donations welcome. Weather permitting.

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.

Postponements on EMR website and EMR Facebook page.

 

 

Whangateau Snorkel Day

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Date: Saturday 24 February 2018
Time: 12.30pm – 4pm
Location: Whangateau, Leigh. On sports field next to Whangateau holiday park.
Cost: Free. Register on the day from 12.30-4pm. Donations welcome.

Explore the mangroves of the of Whangateau Harbour with an experienced snorkel guide; you never know what you might spot? Discover crabs, triplefins, parore and yellow eyed mullet. Fun for the whole whanau. Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements on EMR website and EMR Facebook page.

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.

For more info email auckland@emr.org.nz or visit www.emr.org.nz

Presented by Experiencing Marine Reserves, supported by The Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation.

 

Rotoroa Island Snorkel Day

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Date: Saturday 7 April 2018
Time: 8am – 6pm. 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
Location: Rotoroa Island, Hauraki Gulf. Ferry is arriving at the Rotoroa Wharf and leaving from the Auckland Viaduct. Parking: Limited in Auckland CBD – I would recommend catching public transport.
Cost: Tickets $25.

Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the second Rotoroa Snorkel Day run in conjunction with the Rotoroa Island Trust. Snorkel and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket! Snorkelling at Ladies Bay, walking around the new planting, meeting the newest Takahe friends and a picnic lunch on the beach!

Register herehttps://goo.gl/forms/FKYqUw2jwHEd1l542

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. Safe fun for the whole whanau! Only 80 tickets available!

See baby parore, spotties, eagle rays, triplefins and possibly an elusive snapper!
Register your interest or for more information email Lorna on auckland@emr.org.nz

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

Please note that it is a long day out on the island. Reasonable level of fitness required. Suitable for children aged 8 and above.

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.

This event was sponsored by The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation, Sea Week, Waiheke Local Board & 360 Discovery. It is run in conjunction with the Rotoroa Island Trust.

      

 

Shakespear Snorkel Day

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Date: Saturday 17 February 2018 – back up day TBC
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Either at Te Haruhi Bay or Army Bay – Weather permitting.
Cost: Free. Register on the day from 10-3. Donations welcome.

Explore the waters of the Hauraki Gulf at Shakespear Regional Park with an experienced snorkel guide; you never know what you might spot? Discover pipefish, triplefins or nudibranchs. Fun for the whole whanau. Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements on EMR website and EMR Facebook page.

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.

 

Waiheke Snorkel Day

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Date: POSTPONED to Sunday 11 March 2018 due to cyclone warning. Sorry!
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Location: Enclosure Bay, 9 Great Barrier Rd, Oneroa, Waiheke Island. Back-up location Matiatia Bay
Cost: Free. Register on the day from 12-4pm. Donations welcome.

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.

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

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

Sponsored by the Waiheke Local Board – thank you!

 

Northern Schools Cluster with Young Ocean Explorers

Date: Wednesday 15 February 2018
Time: 3.30 – 5pm
Location: Albany Senior High School
Cost: Free
Contact: Sarah Sheeran, email: Sarah.Sheeran@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Invitation only event for northern Auckland schools.

Meet and greet from 3.30-4pm followed by a presentation by Young Ocean Explorers Steve Hathaway of their new interactive website resource and exciting Seaweek 2018 competition.

 

Exhibition – Gatherings on the Manukau: #14 Life below Water

Image: Auckland Libraries Footprints 04615.  Photograph reproduced by courtesy of Waiuku Museum Society

Date: Saturday 3 March to Sunday 18 March 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm daily
Location: Onehunga Community Library
Cost: Free
Contact: Sharon Smith, email: sharon.smith@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz Ph: (021) 031-5519

By area, Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa (Manukau Harbour) is the second largest harbour in Aotearoa. Loved and enjoyed by many, the harbour has always been a source for food gathering and has long provided the means for navigating the expansive coastline.
Goal #14 Sustainable Development Goals. UN Development Programme: Life below Water – To conserve and sustainably use the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources underpins the kaupapa of this exhibition. It directs our focus to the remediation and restoration of all aspects of the Manukau Harbour.
Auckland Libraries heritage collections form the basis of the exhibition. They serve to illustrate the rich bounty of the harbour in former times and present recorded journeys made across the breadth and length of this waterway.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/onehungalib/

 

Gathering Day – Gatherings on the Manukau

 

Image: Albert H. Jones, Waiting on wharf at Onehunga, ca 1910-20. Auckland Libraries, Sir George Grey Special Collections 743-9346

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Onehunga Community Library
Cost: Free
Contact: Sharon Smith, email: sharon.smith@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz Ph: (021) 031-5519

By area, Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa (Manukau Harbour) is the second largest harbour in Aotearoa. Loved and enjoyed by many, the harbour has always been a source for food gathering and has long provided the means for navigating the expansive coastline.
Goal #14 Sustainable Development Goals. UN Development Programme: Life below Water – To conserve and sustainably use the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources underpins the kaupapa of this exhibition. It directs our focus to the remediation and restoration of all aspects of the Manukau Harbour.
Auckland Libraries heritage collections form the basis of the exhibition. They serve to illustrate the rich bounty of the harbour in former times and present recorded journeys made across the breadth and length of this waterway.

On Saturday 10 March we invite you to bring in your photographs, letters, posters, newspaper clippings, objects, etc. to the library to show us.

If you would like, we could scan or photograph them and add them to the photograph album, or the scrapbook, as part of the ‘Gatherings on the Manukau’ exhibition as it travels around the harbour.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/onehungalib/

 

Beachcare Awhitu Guided Walks

Image: AucklandNZ.com

Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: Walks are tide dependent so start times are critical – don’t be late!
Supertrampers start at 8.30am; Families at 9am;
Location: Meet and park at Wattle Bay.
Cost: Free
Contact: Bookings are essential by contacting Anna McNaughton, email: kohekohestud@xtra.co.nz

Beachcare Awhitu is taking part in Seaweek 2018, celebrating our beautiful harbour bays with two guided beach walks: a “supertrampers “option encompassing 7 bays from Wattle to Kauritutahi (3.5 – 4 hours); and a family walk option, taking in 5 bays from Wattle to Grahams Beach (2.5 – 3hours).

Refreshment Stop will be at Grahams Beach, with local coffee roasters superb coffee and local sheeps milk icecream, available by donation. Family walkers stop here. Drivers can be bussed to Wattle to uplift cars, then families can join us at the Awhitu Regional Park BBQ area where we will meet incoming Supertrampers, sizzle sausages, have a static display of Beachcare Activities and a talk from local historian Bill Deed.

Thanks to the Lighthouse Trust, Murphys Buses and local printmaker/bus driver Dave Bell, we will bus shuttle walkers back to Grahams Beach for short talks (1-1.30pm) on aspects of the history of our side of the Manukau Harbour and the Awhitu Peninsula, and time to peruse static displays on Beachcare activities. The shuttle bus will ferry drivers back to Wattle Bay to collect their vehicles.

There are easily accessible public toilets at Wattle Bay, Big Bay and Grahams Beach. Static displays showing Beachcare activities and a sausage sizzle will also be set up at Grahams Beach reserve.

Walkers will need: gold coins for donations, clothing appropriate for the weather, hopefully sunhats and sunscreen, drinking water, THE RIGHT FOOTWEAR – while most of the walk is sand there are a few gnarly rocky headlands to negotiate, the rocks can be slippery and oyster shelly, so light shoes with NON SLIP SOLES are perfect.

 

 

Seaweek Waiuku Estuary Walk

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Location: Meet at Waiuku Museum, King Street, Waiuku.
Cost: Free
Contact: Anna McNaughton, email: kohekohestud@xtra.co.nz

Join the Waiuku Mudlarks celebrating their great work clearing the town basin of mangroves, controlling pests and restoring foreshore plantings for a guided walk of 1.5 hours approx taking in the estuary walkways, including the Mudlarks’ designed-and-built bridge and the Sandspit Yacht Club and Reserve (public toilets here).

Parking: Please do not park in the Fire Station emergency area adjoining the Museum. Ideal parking options are:
Kentish carpark, corner Queen Street and Constable Road, easy access from Constable Road, good public toilets here. Kitchener Road, lefthand roadside or old supermarket parking on left, good toilets here. Pleasant short riverside walk to King Street and Museum, or stroll through the historic Queen Street heritage area to King Street, estuary and museum.

Required: comfortable footwear, water, weather appropriate gear. Take a picnic to eat at Sandspit Reserve, or take advantage of the historic Kentish tavern (right opposite the start/finish) or township cafes.

 

“Sea” MERC Day

Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Long Bay
Cost: by donation
Contact: Sara Kulins, email: saraexploresnz@gmail.com

Have a go at sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding or just come and look at our educational displays at the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC) in Long Bay. Plus join us for a BBQ at noon.

Certain activities are weather dependent, but we will have exciting water activities nonetheless!

Please bring appropriate water wear, plus hat, sunblock, water and a change of clothes.

Find out more details and RSVP on our Facebook event page.

 

 

 

Evening Intertidal Exploration

Date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: Long Bay
Cost: by donation
Contact: Sara Kulins, email: saraexploresnz@gmail.com

Join Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC) staff on a walk around the rocky reef in Long Bay! To celebrate Seaweek MERC is inviting you to explore and discover creatures you’ve never noticed before!

This is a family friendly event, entry by donation. We will have guidebooks with beautiful colour images, a scavenger hunt for all ages to participate in, a marine biologist to answer your questions and an interactive educational display!

Please wear close toed shoes! Some slippery and sharp surfaces.

Please RSVP on our Facebook event page.

 

 

Flotilla Whau 2018

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 8.30am – 2pm
Location: Archibald Park, Kelston, west Auckland

Boaties please arrive early, other visitors please park on the street and walk in to the park. (Entry from Beaubank Rd)
Boat registration tent opens at 8.30am

Welcome and safety briefing 9:30am.
Flotilla starts 10am and takes approximately 1 hour.
Event continues at Archibald park until 2pm.

Contact: Verena Jonker, email: flotillawhau@gmail.com Ph: (021) 683 339

A whanau friendly event with opportunities for all to enjoy your local waterway; the Whau river, and meet your community. Bring your paddle-board, kayak, rowboat etc and join the flotilla (lifejackets compulsory) or grab a paddle and join a raft. (See registration tent to book). On-shore celebrations at Archibald Park include a cultural food festival, art, entertainment and a water slide for the kids! (Bring your togs)
This year we are aiming for zero waste so please remember your water bottle and re-usable cup.

Please bring: Bring or borrow a vessel and a life-jacket, take sunscreen and a hat for on the boats, togs and towel for the water slide, water bottles and re-usable cups for drinks. (There will be water provided.)
For updates go to https://www.facebook.com/flotillawhau/
The Flotilla Whau is brought to you by Kelston Community Hub with support from Community Waitakere, and thanks to funding from the Whau Local Board.

 

World Wetland Day at Matuku Link

Date: Saturday 3 February 2018
Time: 9am – 3pm
Location: 111 Bethells Rd, Te Henga, west Auckland

With walks, talks, food, drinks… and a chance to see the difference 4000+ hours have made in the last year, since this unique piece of wetland and bush was bought by the Trust for conservation and education. Come along to enjoy the restoration of our bush and wetland for future generations!

This is private land (not covered by the Rāhui) with healthy kauri trees, so we will ask you to clean your footwear if you go into the bush. #respecttherahui #protectourkauri

Contact: Annalily van den Broeke email: matukulink@gmail.com Ph: 021 220 7136

More info:  www.matukulink.kiwi or www.facebook.com/matukulink

 

 

Lucas Creek Community Clean-up

Date: Sunday 4 February 2018
Time: 9.45am
Location: Rame Rd Wharf, Greenhithe

Rubbish clean-up of Lucas Creek.
Free BBQ and prize draw for participants from 12.30pm

What to bring/wear: close-toed sports shoes (lace-up), filled water bottle, clothes suitable for the weather and hat, sunscreen etc. Reusable gloves and rubbish bags will be provided. Please be ready to get wet and muddy in some spots where we will be wading in mangroves. Children are welcome and will be assigned easier terrain.

Contact: To register or for more details contact Greenhithe Ecology Network on Facebook or contact Shelley Butt. Email: Shelleymai@gmail.com Ph 021 043 6056.

 

Motutapu Snorkel Day

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Date: Saturday 13 January
Time: 8am – 3pm. Ferry leaves from Auckland CBD ferry building at 8.30am
Location: Motutapu Island, ferry is arriving at Home Bay and leaving from the Auckland viaduct. Parking: Limited in Auckland CBD – I would recommend catching public transport.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL WITH A WAITLIST OF 27.
Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the second Motutapu Community Guided Snorkel Day. Snorkel and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket!

Register for the waitlist here https://goo.gl/forms/VK3R7MYUQ6H1vRvK2

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. Ferry tickets are $22 each. Safe fun for the whole whanau!

See baby parore, spotties, eagle rays, triplefins and possibly an elusive snapper!

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

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.

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.

This event was sponsored by The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation, Sea Week & Fullers Ferry. 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.

 

Pollen Island Kayak Day

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Join Experiencing Marine Reserves to explore one of the hidden gems of the Hauraki Gulf, one of our most visited marine reserves with an 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.

When: Sunday 10th December 2017,
Registrations essential, https://goo.gl/forms/3ON8KTNP2hXEiMzl1
Sessions are 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm
Where: Pt Chevalier Boat Ramp, Pt Chevalier
Bring: Footwear for kayaking. Spare change of clothes.
Lifejackets are provided

To register please email Lorna on auckland@emr.org.nz with the number of attendees and your preferred time slot.

 

 

Te Matuku Guided Paddle

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Saturday 25 November 2017 from 11am to 2pm on Waiheke Island.

Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves and SUP Waiheke for the first stand up paddle board and kayak event in Auckland’s hidden Marine Reserve on Waiheke Island. Leaving from the south-eastern side of Waiheke Island we will explore the diverse ecosystems of Te Matuku Bay as well as learning about the marine reserve boundaries and benefits.

Bring your own kayak/stand up paddle board or limited SUP hire available. Lifejackets are essential.

Spaces are limited – Register here https://goo.gl/forms/3efpYuCnKjqNzrim1 or email Lorna on auckland@emr.org.nz

 

 

Puketapapa Healthy Harbours Public Clean-up Day

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Sunday 27 November, 10am – 12 noon at Waikowhai Park (Faulkner Bay), Hillsborough, Auckland.

As the culmination of the Puketāpapa Healthy Harbours programme, run conjointly between Sustainable Coastlines, Urban EcoLiving Charitable Trust (Tread Lightly Caravan), NZAEE Seaweek, Manukau Harbour Restoration Society and Puketāpapa Local Board, we invite you to a public clean-up day on the shores of the Manukau Harbour.

Join us from 10:00am to midday on Sunday 26th November at the bottom of Waikowhai Park for some Love Your Coast action and make yourself proud to be a part of the local community. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring the goodness.

Simply turn up, sign-in and we’ll send you out to take ownership of a stretch of coast. Return to base with your haul of treasure and tuck into the BBQ! Members of the other trusts involved in the program will also be there to inform you about all the good work they’ve been doing as well.

What to bring:
– Closed-toe sturdy shoes, such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots are required for participation. Gumboots are not allowed as they get stuck in the mud. Coastal terrain can be challenging with rocks that can be sharp, loose and slippery.
– Warm and waterproof clothes: NZ weather is unpredictable. –
Bring at least one warm top layer and a rain jacket.
– Sun hat and sun cream.
– Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
– Snacks.
– Camera (optional) – this is a unique and beautiful location and we’d love to see your photos. Use #loveyourcoast on social media or email to camden@sustainablecoastlines.org

We provide:
– Gloves
– Rubbish sacks
– Drinking water
– Access to toilets
– Health and Safety briefing and documents
– First aid kits and first aid trained staff
– BBQ!

For More Information please contact Fletcher on 021 871 918 or fletcher@sustainablecoastlines.org

 

 

Ocean Acidification Teacher Workshop North

Free workshop on Friday 9 November from 9-11am at Kingsway School, Red Beach, Silverdale for secondary school teachers to introduce them to the new resource addressing ocean acidification “The Ocean of Tomorrow“. Free copies will be distributed. Booking is essential to reserve a place by emailing: marine-studies@otago.ac.nz Refreshments provided. Thanks to the Lou and Irish Fisher Trust for sponsoring this roadshow.

 

Ocean Acidification Teacher Workshop South

Free workshop on Friday 9 November from 1.30-3.30pm at Kings College, Otahuhu for secondary school teachers to introduce them to the new resource addressing ocean acidification “The Ocean of Tomorrow“. Free copies will be distributed. Booking is essential to reserve a place by emailing: marine-studies@otago.ac.nz Refreshments provided. Thanks to the Lou and Irish Fisher Trust for sponsoring this roadshow.

 

Preparing for Seaweek Educators Workshop North

Come along to our free workshop & find out all about the resources and help available to enable you to engage your school or group in activities to celebrate Seaweek, New Zealand’s annual week about the sea.
Bookings are essential by emailing mels@subliminal.co.nz before 10 Nov.
At the Auckland Council office at the Strand, Takapuna on Weds 15 Nov from 3.30 until 5pm.
Refreshments served. All welcome.

 

Preparing for Seaweek Educators Workshop South

Come along to our free workshop & find out all about the resources and help available to enable you to engage your school or group in activities to celebrate Seaweek, New Zealand’s annual week about the sea.
Bookings are essential by emailing mels@subliminal.co.nz before 10 Nov.
At Papatoetoe East Primary School on Thursday 16 Nov from 3.30 until 5pm.
Refreshments served. All welcome.

 

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Huge congratulations to the fantastic Professor Rochelle Constantine who has won The Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her amazing work with cetaceans. So well deserved!

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Congratulations to Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine from the School of Biological Sciences! She has won the inaugural Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation.
Associate Professor Constantine's work on a campaign to increase protections for whale populations within the Hauraki Gulf led to slower speeds for large vessels which has dramatically reduced the number of whales injured or killed by ship strike. She has been instrumental in leading a number of initiatives for expanded protection for humpback whales and Māui’s dolphin including revision of guidelines for international dolphin-watch tourism. She was also a strong advocate for the creation of a marine reserve at the Kermadec Islands.
Check out the video below to see some of Rochelle's marine research in action.
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