ecan-logoThere will be lots of Seaweek 2017 events happening in Christchurch/Canterbury and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Christchurch/Canterbury Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Jocelyn Papprill – email:, phone: 027 703 0772

Seaweek 2017 Events:


Youth Beach Clean-up and Info Night

Monday 27 February 2017, 5-6pm at Cave Rock (Surf Club side), Sumner

Aimed for ages 10 – 13, a beach clean up session, some beach games and then a 10 min info session about how we can keep our beach and Sea healthy.

More info:

Contact: Cassie Lee email: Ph: (027) 914-9079


Sumner Community Beach Picnic and Free Guided Meditation Session

Saturday 4 March 2017 from 1.30pm until 4pm at Sumner Beach.

Community Beach picnic (byo) – An open invitation to meet on the Sumner Beach (in front of Surf Life Saving Club) for a relaxed get together with like-minded people, who are interested in meditation

Followed by

FREE guided meditation session at the Yoga & Qigong School of Sumner, 42 Nayland St (opposite supermarket carpark).

More info:

Contact: Cassie Lee email: Ph: (027) 914-9079



Black Cat Cruises Akaroa

25 February to 5 March 2017, daily from 3.40pm to 6pm at Akaroa.

Once in Akaroa look for the long wharf in the centre of the town where you will see the large blue building on the wharf with a dolphin mural painted on the roof. You can also find Black Cat Cruises at 61 Beach Road.

Every day during Seaweek take up the offer of a discounted wildlife cruise on a modern catamaran. On the cruise you can view the natural wonders of Akaroa Harbour such as volcanic outcrops & caves, as well as White Flippered Blue Penguin, shags and Hector’s Dolphin. There’s lots of room on the two decks for unimpeded viewing and plenty of covered seating, for shade and shelter. Inside there’s a bar and toilets. This cruise is fully narrated by the skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of the harbour.

50% off the normal Akaroa Nature Cruise price i.e down to Adult $37.50 & Child $15.00 – must book directly by phone 0800 4 DOLPHINS or in store.

More information:


Black Cat Cruise Lyttelton Harbour

From 25-26 February and 4-5 March 2017 from1.30-3pm at Lyttelton Harbour Ferries terminal in Lyttelton.

Enjoy a 90 minute cruise of Lyttelton Harbour – this special harbour cruise is only available over both weekends of Seaweek i.e. Saturday 25 & Sunday 26th February, and Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th March. Time: 1.30-3pm.

Cost: Adult: $30; Child: $15 – to reserve a space phone 03 328 9078 or email:


Whale Art on the Beach

Thursday 16 February 2017 from 1.30pm until 4pm.

We are a small free nature playgroup who, every week, meet somewhere in this beautiful area to connect and enjoy all of the uniqueness of Aotearoa and we are very often at Caroline Bay Beach.
Thinking about whales and the events of the last few days and my personal experience on Boxing day with a whale. Haere mai ki waho will be down on the beach creating whales and people. Please come down and contribute your artwork to this event. Haere Mai Ki Waho is a free weekly playgroup.
This week any koha-donations will be much apprecuated and will passed onto PROJECT JONAH.

Please bring: Anything that your whānau needs for a fun and safe time on the beach. Also shovels, buckets etc for sand art.

This week any koha-donations will be much apprecuated and will passed onto PROJECT JONAH.

Want to know more about Haere Mai ki Waho? Check out the Public Facebook page.

Contact: Donna McPherson email: Ph: (027) 254-4202


Coastal Restoration Trust Conference 2017

22 to 26 March 2017 from 9am until 4.30pm at New Brighton Working Mens Club.

Coastal Restoration Trust of New Zealand, National Conference, 2017
“Diverse coastal environments in a time of change”
The Coastal Restoration Trust of New Zealand (previously Dunes Trust) is pleased to announce that our 2017 annual national conference will be held at New Brighton beach, in Christchurch, from 22 March – 26 March 2017.
The theme for 2017 is “Diverse coastal environments in a time of change” and being based in Christchurch will show-case the wide variety of coastal landscapes in and around Christchurch/North Canterbury and discuss local and national issues and challenges faced in coastal restoration and management. The three days will include field-trips around the Christchurch urban beaches and the North Canterbury coast.

The Coastal Restoration Trust ( ) is a nationwide organisation that brings together the knowledge and experience of communities, iwi, management authorities, industry and science agencies to save our coastal sand dunes and to support and encourage the development of cost effective practical methods for coastal communities and management authorities to restore natural dune form and function.

As a non-profit organisation, the Coastal Restoration Trust aims to keep registration fees for our conference at a level that allows community groups, students, agency staff and other organisations to participate. This ensures a mix of ideas, skills and perspectives and enables all participants to build their knowledge and understanding about coastal restoration.

Registration fees apply. Booking is essential.

Contact: Rodney Chambers email: Ph: (027) 226-7987.




Mammals of the Ocean Large & Small: The Mighty Whale & Hector’s Dolphin

10 February to 5 March 2017 from 9am until 5pm daily at Little River Craft Station

Little River Sea Week Display – MAMMALS OF THE OCEAN LARGE & SMALL – The Mighty Whale and the Hector Dolphin.
Compare the size of our oceans mammals between the life size model of Banks Peninsula’s Hector Dolphin and the Jaw Bone of the Whale on the display in the Waiting Room of the Little River Historic Railway Station Building.
How long is the jaw bone??? Write your answer on the paper provided and put in the entry jar. Correct entries will go in the draw to win a $25.00 Gift Voucher from the Little River Gallery.

The Heritage Room has a display on Traditional Maori eeling at the mouth of Lake Forsyth.
Pick up a Rocky and Sandy Shore Guide and complete a Marine Metre Squared (Mm2) Survey. Fun to do with your family on a sunny day. Available while stocks last. Help decorate our Sea Horse.

Contact: Glynis Dobson email: ph: (03) 325-1320


Birdlings Flat Beach Clean-up

Sunday 5 March 2017 from 2pm until 5pm at Birdlings Flat

Meet 2pm at the Main Car Park, Birdlngs Flat. Rubbish Bags Provided. Prizes for the most novel item found. Followed by a sausage sizzle at 31 Lake Terrace Road, Birdlings Flat.

Wasteline Rubbish have kindly wavered the Tip Fee for rubbish collected.
All Welcome. Come and take some pride in our beach.

Free event with Sausages and Fizz sponsored by Birdlings Flat Boys Club.

Contact: Glynis Dobson email: ph: (03) 325-1320


Lyttelton Harbour Community Clean-up

Image: Sustainable Coastlines

Sunday 12 March 2017 from 10am until noon at the Naval Point Club, Lyttelton.

Come and help us clean up our shoreline. Assemble outside the Naval Point Club at 10am. Gloves and rubbish bags provided.

Bring sunhat and water to keep yourself hydrated.

Free event.

Contact: Juliet Neil email: ph: (021) 032-7014

More info:


Spend a Day in Heaven

Image by Tony Bridge.

POSTPONED date TBC from 9am to 3.30pm at Tūtehuarewa Marae, 9 Puari Rd, Koukourarata/Port Levy. Map.

Unfortunately this event has had to be postponed due to a tangi. A new date will be advised asap. In the meantime if you are interested in attending please register via the contact details below.

Interested in learning how a marae and local residents work together to protect a large harbour?
The Koukourarata mātaitai was the second to be established in the South Island. Members of the local marae and residents together created a mātaitai committee to protect the precious harbour.

If you’d like to learn more about the Mātaitai and Kaitiakitanga, journey with us to Tūtehuarewa Marae. Below is the itinerary for this awesome learning opportunity.

9.00am – meet at Environment Canterbury, 200 Tuam St
9.15am – Begin the journey. First stop: Orton Bradley Park to visit an organic milk farm
11.00am – Arrive at Tūtehuarewa for a pōwhiri
11.30am – A light lunch
12.30pm – An insight into Māori values regarding land and water
1.30pm – Local farmers and members of the Koukourarata Mātaitai committee tell their story
2.30pm – Closing comments and head back to ECan
3.30pm – Arrive back at Tuam St.

Bring your togs as there may be time for a swim.

Cost is $35 per person. This price includes food and transport.

Contact: Manaia Cunningham email: Ph: (027) 819-3840


Pohatu Penguins Sea-kayaking Safaris

Image by Pohatu.

Saturday 25 February 2017at these times: 8.00am, 11.30am & 3.00pm.

The three scheduled tours will depart from Pohatu’s booking office in Akaroa. Support the protection of the Hector’s dolphins by experiencing a kayak trip that is totally mind blowing!

Head out with the Pohatu team to the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve, a spectacular area with towering sea cliffs sculpted through the ages by the sea into rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Flea Bay Island and the impressive island arch also make an exciting added attraction.

Pohatu Marine Reserve is abundant with many marine species, such as penguins and seals. It is also often visited by Hector’s dolphins, and a great range of sea birds which can be observed on the trip.

Tours will last for around 3.5 hours with departure times at: 8.00am, 11.30am and 3.00pm. Kayaking experience is not necessary as tours are accompanied by experienced guides and will operate only in safe sea conditions.

The tours for Seaweek on 25th February are at the normal price of $90 per person, with Pohatu donating $25 per person to dolphin research. Please book directly with Pohatu stating you are booking for Seaweek. Bookings are essential. To book, or for more information, please contact Pohatu on 03 304 8542.

More information:



Can Akaroa become Plastic Bag Free?

Thursday 2 March 2017 at 6.30pm at Akaroa Sports Complex

A talk by Green Party MP, Denise Roche AND Launch of the Peninsula’s new Sea & Native Bird Brochure, and Akaroa Reusable bags.

Every few days another part of the world becomes plastic bag free. The issue of plastic bags affects our country, our children and the oceans worldwide. Is NZ doing enough? Denise Roche, MP for the Green Party is advocating for a nation-wide ban on single-use plastic shopping bags. This talk is an opportunity for businesses and the community to hear Denise explain and discuss this concept, and how it could work for Akaroa.

Helen Rupp will also be in attendance showcasing colourful environmentally friendly draw-string waterproof shopping bags, stretchy vegetable bags, and paper-based straws.

In conjunction with the ‘Can Akaroa become Plastic Bag Free’ talk, the new Banks Peninsula’s bird brochure, and Akaroa Reusable bags will be launched.

The interactive bird brochure can be used as a ‘bird spotting’ activity for budding bird-watchers, and as it will include marine and native bush birds, it can be used on the harbour and around the town.

The Akaroa Reusable bags will be sold throughout the town.

Free event.

Contact: Rebecca email: Ph: (03) 304-7816


Akaroa Dolphins Cruise with NZ Whale & Dolphin Trust Marine Scientists

Image: NZ Whale and Dolphin Trust

Saturday 4 March 2017 from 5.30pm to 8pm at Akaroa Harbour.

Take this once in a lifetime opportunity to join scientists from the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust, on a very special Akaroa Dolphins cruise.

Whilst cruising around Akaroa harbour and visiting the marine reserves, learn from marine scientist Tom Brough & Jesu Valdes about Hector’s dolphins in detail; NZ Whale & Dolphin Trust’s work including their latest research; the peninsula and why it is so important for dolphins and other wildlife; where the hotspots for dolphins are and why; habitat types and oceanographic processes occurring at the peninsula; tools of the trade used for research; the future direction of the Hectors dolphin, and much more.

Tom & Jesu will give a commentary during the cruise, and also happily chat and answer questions throughout about their research at Banks Peninsula and beyond.
All proceeds Akaroa Dolphins receive from this cruise will go to the New Zealand Whale & Dolphin Trust to support their future conservation efforts of the Hector’s Dolphin.

Booking is essential. There are a strictly limited small number of spaces available for this cruise. To book or for more information contact: Akaroa Dolphins on 03 304 7866 or at
MENTION ‘Seaweek’ when booking.

$100.00 per person (includes a drink and nibbles)

More information contact Pip and Hugh email: Ph (03) 304 7866 website:


ecoSEAker Cruise Discount

25 February to 5 March 2017 at 2.30pm daily at Dalyʼs Wharf, Akaroa Harbour

Seaweek Harbour Cruise Special: The following discount will apply by providing the code ‘Seaweek Special’ when booking for trips during Seaweek.

ecoSEAker Harbour Adventure Cruise @ 2.30pm daily during Seaweek 25th February – 5th March.

10% off these prices: Adults NZ $75pp, Children NZ $40pp (ages 0-15) when booked directly over the phone. To book, or for more information, please contact ecoSEAker on 0800 326 794 or via


Cycle the Coastal Pathway with Forest & Bird

Image: Jacqui Geux

Sunday 26 February 2017, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Begins Tidal View, Ferrymead, Christchurch. Map.

Cruise the Coastal Pathways with Forest and Bird – check out the bird life along our coast with Colleen & her team. At stops along the way you will learn about the type of birds you will see. Bring binoculars for bird watching along the way.

Meet 2pm Tidal View, Ferrymead with your own bike, helmet and water.

Sponsor and Coffee vendor: Green Bear Coffee or on Facebook

More information contact: Colleen Philip email: Ph:  (03) 981-8556 or website:


Seaweek Seminar: Whitebait, Undaria and a curious seaweed

Tuesday 28 February 2017, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Mt Pleasant Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Rd, Mt Pleasant, Christchurch. Map.

Dr Mike Hickford, Dr Tommaso Alestra, and Masters candidate, Isis Metcalfe from the Marine Ecology Research Group (MERG), University of Canterbury will share some of their insights on whitebait, the Japanese kelp Undaria pinnatifida, and a truly unique seaweed species, Notheia anomala.

* Dr Mike Hickford: “Whitebait, the bits we know, the bits we think we know and everything in between”.
* Dr Tommaso Alestra: Impacts of the invasive seaweed Undaria pinnatifida in the Lyttelton harbour – friend or foe of native species?
* Isis Metcalfe, MSc candidate: Positive effects of a unique epiphytic alga across rocky shores of the South Island.

Gold coin donation
Sponsored by NZAEE Christchurch

More information:

Green Drinks 4 Seaweek

Thursday 2 March 2017, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm Upstairs bar, The Twisted Hop pub, Woolston, Christchurch. Map.

Salty seas and swimmable rivers.
Emerson Yeoman and ECan Councillor Lan Pham talk about their year as island hermits – living and working on NZ’s northernmost island and active volcano – Raoul Island, and what drove them back to civilisation.

An NZAEE (Christchurch Branch) sponsored event.

Free entry but do buy a drink and some food, please.

More information:


The Great Seaweek Pub Quiz: Something Beginning with Sea

Sunday 5 March 2017 from 6.30pm to 9pm at The Twisted Hop pub, 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch. Map.

Come along for another night of fishy fun! No mobile phones allowed on the tables, please.
Open to all, register beforehand with great prizes to be won.

Money raised supports NZAEE Christchurch underwrite future events and activities that support education for sustainability in schools and communities.

Enjoy a meal or snack beforehand accompanied by one of the Twisted Hops’s famous brews.

Entry $10 per person, with teams of up to 6 people. Register directly with Paul de Spa, to ensure a table for your team email: Ph: (022) 151-1597


Guided Walk @ Charlesworth Reserve

Sunday 5 March 2017 from 4-5pm at Charlesworth Reserve carpark, Woolston, Christchurch. Map.

Guided walk around Charlesworth Reserve.
To celebrate Seaweek let local wetland guides take you a one hour tour through Charlesworth Reserve. This recently 20 ha restored wetland hosts an amazing number of bird and plant life.
Meet at Charlesworth reserve car park on Charlesworth Street (off Ferry Road) Ferrymead.
Easy walking on good walking track.

Free event – No need to book, just be there. Organised by the Estuary Trust.

For more information contact Tanya Jenkins of the Estuary Trust on or visit the website:


Annual Farewell to Godwits

Friday 10 March 2017, from 4.15pm to 6.15pm at Southshore Reserve, Rockinghorse Road, Christchurch.

Annual event to farewell the Godwit birds before they travel back to their nesting grounds in Alaska. Speakers at 4:30pm before Council Park Rangers take you to the estuary edge to view these unique Christchurch visitors up close.
Free sausage sizzle. Spot prizes.
Meet at Southshore Reserve at the very end of Rockinghorse Road.

Free Event organised by Estuary Trust – Christchurch City Council and Ornithological Society
For more information contact Tanya Jenkins of the Estuary Trust on or visit the website:


What fish am I allowed?

Saturday 25 February 2017 from 10am to 4pm at Akaroa.
Rules change regularly, and to help with keeping up to date, the Ministry of Primary Industry Recreational Fishing Info Trailer will be located on the main Beach Road waterfront, giving out information on the legal rules and requirements to follow for recreational fishing.

Free event.

Contact: Rebecca email: Ph: (03) 304-7816

More information:


Shellebrate Seaweek @ Your Library!

28 February to 4 March 2017 daily at 10.30am at Christchurch Libraries.

Shellebrate Seaweek @ your library: swim along for stories, songs and silliness!
You could even wear your togs!



At these libraries and times during Seaweek:
Tue 28th Feb: 10.30am New Brighton and Fendalton (with a water safety theme)
Wed 1st Mar10am Central Library Peterborough (with water safety theme); 11am Akaroa
Thu 2nd Mar: 10.30am Parklands
11.00am Aranui and at South (with a water safety theme)

Free events.

Contact: Tania Gibson email: Ph: (03) 941-7923

More information:


Survivor Penguins

25 February to 5 March 2017 from 9am to 7pm daily at the Antarctic Centre, Christchurch.

A special Seaweek education programme focused on our injured penguins, how they have been injured by mostly human related rubbish/ pollution/ unrestrained dogs/cars), and how they are living 3 x their normal life expectancy once we remove these causes.

See information regarding costs on the official website

Contact: Ruth Guy email: Ph: (03) 357-0519



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