PrintNapierCC-LogoThere will be lots of Seaweek 2017 events happening in Hawke’s Bay and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Hawke’s Bay Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Carol Larson – email: carol@nationalaquarium.co.nz , phone: 06 833 5424

Seaweek 2017 Events:


Transport and Marine Beach Clean-up

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Saturday 4 March 2017 at 9am. Meet at Westshore surf life saving club carpark.

from Westshore to Bay View
Sausage sizzle and drinks supplied back at the playground in the Westshore surf life saving club carpark

Plastic bags and gloves (if required) supplied. Bring togs if you want to go for a swim afterwards.


Contact: Nisbet email: Dennis@transportandmarine.co.nz Ph: 021 398945

Free event. Sponsored by Transport and Marine Ltd and Applestone UTVS NZ.


Cathedral Environment Justice and Peace Network Beach Clean-Up

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Friday 3 March, from 5pm to 6.30pm.

Beach Clean-Up from the Surf Club to the Port of Napier.

Meet on the grass area by Fish Bike rentals and stay for a shared picnic afterwards.

Please bring an old bag for collecting and gloves if you wish. Extras will be available.

The event will be cancelled in the event of high seas.

Contact: Jenny Baker pjkr.baker@xtra.co.nz or 835 3862


Waitangi Regional Park – Beach Clean Up Plus Walk and Talk

Saturday 4 March 2017 from 9am – 12pm

To celebrate Seaweek Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is once again planning a beach clean-up at Waitangi Regional Park, around the mouth of the Ngaruroro River near Awatoto. This site is under re-development and the new celestial compass platform will be open for viewing. We will be conducting a walk and talk session during the morning. New signage, wetlands, plantings and walkways will be developed over the next two years. A sausage sizzle will be provided for all the clean-up volunteers from 11.30 am. We welcome everyone to come along and help the environment by cleaning up the rubbish and check out this new area.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. To register contact Sally Chandler email: sally.candler@hbrc.govt.nz Ph: 06 833 8036

All equipment supplied, wear covered footwear.


Sea Walls Mural Tour

Join Seawalls organizer Cinzah Merkins and aquarium educator Jake Brookie for a walk around the murals painted during Seawalls 2016. Find out more about the animals depicted and how these works of art were organized and made.

Bookings open 25th of January via the National Aquarium of New Zealand.

  • CBD Walk – 26 February at 2pm (Meet at the CAN centre on 16 Byron Street)
  • Ahuriri Walk – 5 March at 2pm (Meet at the Perfume Point carpark)

National Aquarium Contact Jake Brookie email: jakeb@nationalaquarium.co.nz or phone 021 025 73553

Free event.


Estuary Walk

Saturday 25 February at 11am. Meet at Embankment Road Carpark (opposite the Westshore Tavern)

Ever wondered what goes on in the Ahuriri Estuary? Take a one hour walk along the estuary pathway and learn about why the estuary is important and the unusual animals that live there! Bookings open on the 25th of January, to book your place on the tour contact The National Aquarium.

National Aquarium contact Jake Brookie email: jakeb@nationalaquarium.co.nz or phone 021 025 73553

Free event.


Seaweek Library Programme at Taradale Library

Saturday 25 February at 2pm and Saturday 4 March at 2pm at Taradale Library.

Join Jake from the National Aquarium and discover more about what lives in the sea! Books from the library are brought to life with ‘bio-facts’ from the aquarium’s collection including shark skin, sawfish saw and new items from the deep sea!

Contact Jake Brookie email: jakeb@nationalaquarium.co.nz or phone 021 025 73553

Free event.


Napier Inner City Business Association Seawalls Festival

Monday 20 March 2017

Napier will be hosting Pangaea Seed again this year for more city art and mural artists’ creative fun.

Napier Inner City Business Association contact Zoe Barnes email: info@napierinthecity.co.nz

Free event.


Ministry of Primary Industries Mahia Market Day talks

Sunday 22 January at 9am-12pm

Come and talk to the guys from MPI and learn about fisheries conservation and legal limits at the Mahia Sunday Market Days, Mahia Beach.

Ministry of Primary Industries. Contact Craig Petherick email: Craig.Petherick@mpi.govt.nz

Free event.


Open Water Swim Confidence Session with Sports Hawkes Bay

Tuesday 7 February and Tuesday 7 March  5.30pm Registration.  In the water 5.45pm – 6.30pm. Cost $2 per person.

Open Water Swim Confidence Session will be run at Sandy Bay, Napier for anyone to attend. Please note that this is not a ‘learn to swim’ session.

Swimmers are also welcome to join the swim group at Hardinge Road on Saturday 25 February at 8.00am.

Sport Hawkes Bay contact Eana Young email: eanay@sporthb.net.nz


Keep Napier Beautiful

Saturday 25 Feb, Sunday 26 Feb and Sunday 5 March, from 10am to 3.30 pm

A children’s event decorating reusable cloth bags at the National Aquarium.

National Aquarium Contact Carol Larson email: carol@nationalaquarium.co.nz or phone 833-5424

Aquarium admission fees apply.


Gannet Beach Adventures Beach clean-up at Cape Kidnappers

Saturday 4 March, 3pm departure

Join Gannet Beach Adventures for our annual beach clean-up at Cape Kidnappers.

Bookings essential. Contact Kim Lindsay admin@gannets.com

Half price of usual fee.


Seaweek Royal Society Lecture

Tuesday 28 February at 7.30pm at the National Aquarium.

Dr Chris Battershill, Waikato University.

Come hear Dr Chris Battershill speak on “Healthy Seas – Drugs from the Sea, Biodiversity and Conservation – A New Zealand Story.”

National Aquarium. Contact Carol Larson carol@nationalaquarium.co.nz or phone 06 833-5424

Gold coin donation


Seaweek Poetry writing competition

To be held in Term 2 over April/ May/ June

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“Look beneath the surface – Papatai ō roto – Papatai ō raro” themed poetry competition with winning poems read at Seaweek poetry evening. Online form available at the end of Term 1, 2017 www.nationalaquarium.co.nz

Seaweek Poetry reading night

June 8 at 7pm

Experience the magic of listening to the winners of the Seaweek poetry competition read their work alongside the fish at the aquarium!

National Aquarium. Contact Karlie Lett email: karlie@nationalaquarium.co.nz or phone 06 833-5428

Gold coin donation


Children’s Day

Sunday 5 March from 9am – 4pm

Free entry to the National Aquarium for one child 14 years and under with one paying adult. Children’s activities and prizes at the aquarium to celebrate Children’s Day.

National Aquarium. Contact info@nationalaquarium.co.nz Phone 06-834- 1404

Aquarium admission prices apply.


Seaweek Pre and Primary Schools Roadshow

Central Hawkes Bay – 2 and 3 February

Napier and region – 7 and 8 February

Hastings and region – 9 and 10 February

The Education Team will be visiting pre-schools and primary schools to promote Seaweek 2017. ‘National Aquarium on Tour’ will present a 30 minute interactive show in your classroom or school hall. It will be an opportunity to increase student’s awareness about what lies beneath the sea in “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Free event thanks to the National Aquarium. Contact Karlie Lett email: karlie@nationalaquarium.co.nz or phone 06 833-5428


Marine Metre Squared

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

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