ecan-logoThere will be lots of Seaweek 2018 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 2018 Events:


Children’s Art Workshop

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 1.30 – 3.30pm
Location: Mt Pleasant Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Road, Mt Pleasant, Christchurch 8081
Contact: Jocelyn Papprill. Email: Ph: (027) 222-0395 or (027) 703-0772
Cost: $20 per person

Children’s Creative Art Workshop with artist Robyn Webster. For ages 9-13.
We will be looking at the various species of animals and plants living in our estuary and decide which ones we particularly want to see more of. We will make prints of their shapes, and make our pictures by repeating this printing process. We can even share each other’s shapes and add each other’s favourite animals and plants into our own pictures if we want to.

You will be getting involved with some inks, and will need to wear clothes you don’t mind perhaps getting a little ink on. You will be able to make some different sized pictures using your printed shapes to take home, and maybe even add into a group work that we can put on the wall to celebrate Sea Week.

Robyn is a local artist who makes art about the natural world, as sculptures, paintings or with printmaking. She has worked many different jobs while pursuing her art projects, most recently as an art teacher at Riccarton High School. In 2017 she returned to being a full-time artist and is loving having time to develop her ideas and make lots of work for exhibitions. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of printmaking and her love of the estuary.


Te Ra O Te Tamariki — Children’s Day

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: The Red Zone, cnr New Brighton Rd and Locksley Ave
Contact: Jocelyn Papprill. Email: Ph: (027) 222-0395 or (027) 703-0772
Cost: Free

Ki uta, ki tai – From the mountains to the sea! Check out the Stormwater Hero game at the Environment Canterbury, Avon-Otakaro Network, Christchurch City Council stalls area, and find out how you can keep our waterways and seas clean for all to enjoy. Spot prizes!

And, many other activities to enjoy while you celebrate Children’s Day.

Keep hydrated in the sun – bring a refillable water bottle

More information:



Evening Bike Ride

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 4 – 6.45pm
Location: Tuhaitara Coastal Park – ‘Where freshwater meets the sea’ Ki te wahi e tutuki ai te wai ki te moana. Meet Greg at the Trust office which is located at Woodend Beach Domain.
Contact: Greg Byrnes. Email: Ph: (03) 313-1768 or (021) 024-5539

Cost: Free, though a donation toward the good work of the park happily accepted.

We are going to explore the Tuhaitara Coastal wetlands from Woodend Beach to the Ashley Rakahuri Estuary. The 14km round trip will include a mix of cultural and environmental stops showcasing the significance of the area and the numerous projects underway to restore and protect these most sensitive ecosystems along with a look at some of the native fauna.

Mostly trail riding but some roads through Waikuku Beach and Pegasus Town, Grade 1 easiest.

Bring your own bike, helmet and water.

More info:


Nga Manu Moana/Seabirds on Our Coastline – Threats and Protection

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 3.30-5.30pm
Location: The Chapel of the Waves, 2 Collingwood Street, New Brighton.
Contact: Mark Gibson, email: Ph: (03) 388-9220

Come along and hear speakers: Andrew Crossland and Nick Ledgard talk about the threats to our seabirds and what we can do to protect them.
3.30pm Refreshments
4.00pm Speakers
4.45pm Questions and conversation
Entry by koha. All welcome.




Farewell to the Godwits

Friday 2 March 2018 at 6pm at Southshore Reserve.

The 20th annual event!
Come and find out why so many people keep coming every year to wish these unique birds a safe journey back to Alaska to their breeding grounds.
Free BBQ sausage/ displays/music/lucky spot prizes and guided tours to view the birds up close.

Bring warm jacket and walking shoes for a shot walk to see the birds.

Free event.

Contact: Tanya Jenkins email: Ph: (027) 224-5627


Ocean Acidification Teacher Workshop Christchurch


Monday 27 November 2017 from 1.30 – 3.30pm at Rangi Ruru Girls High School, 59 Hewitts Road, Merivale, Christchurch.

This free workshop for secondary school teachers focuses on a new resource on ocean acidification called “The Ocean of Tomorrow”. Free copies will be issued.

To reserve a place email or phone 03 479 5826.

Thanks to the Lou and Iris Fisher Charitable Trust for supporting this event.



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