PrintNapierCC-LogoThere will be lots of Seaweek 2018 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

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.

Seaweek 2018 Events


ANZ Beach Clean Up

Date: Wednesday 14 March 2018
Time: 5.30 – 7pm
Location: Perfume Point Reserve, 46 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier 4110
Cost: Free
Contact: Mikaela Thompson, email: mikaela.thompson@anz.com Ph: (027) 232-6037

ANZ Beach clean up at Perfume Point.
•We are meeting at Perfume Point Reserve at 5.30pm on Wednesday 14th of March
•ANZ will provide disposable gloves and rubbish bags




Open Day Aboard Te Matau a Maui Voyaging Waka

Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: West Quay, Ahuriri, Napier

Come aboard Te Matau a Maui waka for an open day to meet the crew and see the vessel who will be conducting a ocean microplastics sampling along the Te Ikaroa coastline between Napier and Wellington, and training waka crew in ocean plastic survey protocols.


World Plastic Pollution Experts Speak on NZ’s Situation

Date: Tuesday 13 February 2018
Time: 6.30 -8.30pm
Location: National Aquarium of New Zealand, Marine Parade, Napier

Come and listen to world experts on ocean plastic pollution – Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins discuss:

The nature, size and scope of the ocean plastic pollution problem – a global perspective from 5 Gyres scientific studies.
How this impacts upon coastal communities, enters food systems, and impacts human health
What can be done to circumvent the problem
How to survey beaches for microplastics (great for educators)

More info: https://www.facebook.com/The-Pure-Tour-2018-Aotearoa-the-Pacific-and-Plastics-545604749118295/




Seaweek Mural Walks – Ahuriri and CBD

Dates: Sunday 4 March 2018 for Ahuriri walk
Sunday 11 March 2018 for CBD walk

Time: 1pm

Location: Ahuriri walk – Perfume Point Carpark- Ahuriri
CBD walk – Memorial Square, Napier CBD. Meet us near the back of the community rooms.

Contact: Jake Brookie, email: oldfilmuser@gmail.com Ph: 021 025 73553
Cost: Free

Educator Jake Brookie and Seawalls co-ordinator Cinzah Merkins will host two guided walks on Sundays the 4th and 11th of March at 1pm to look at the two areas of murals in Ahuriri and the CBD in Napier. The walks will look at the recent murals painted in 2017, their relevance in science and their meaning in art. Allow just over an hour for each of the walks. The walks are free and can be booked via The National Aquarium of New Zealand.



Seaweek World Oceans Day Poetry Reading Night

Credit: John Cowpland / alphapix

Thursday June 7 at 7pm
Experience the magic of listening to the winners of the poetry competition read their work alongside the fish at the aquarium!
Contact: Carol 833-5424 or email carol@nationalaquarium.co.nz

To enter the competition click here.


Children’s Sand Castle Competition – Waimarama Beach


POSTPONED to Sunday 25 March 2018 (near Surf Lifesaving Club) 11am to 2pm.

Create a sea creature, land creature, fantastical creature, be creative and upcycle beach debris if you can.
3 age groups – up to 5, up to 10, 11 to 14
11.00 am – 2.00 pm
11.00 am Welcome, Registration, Health & Safety briefing
11.15 – 12.30 pm build your creations
12.45 pm judging begins
1.15 pm prize giving
2.00 pm Finish

BYO – buckets & spades, sun protection, appropriate clothing.
For more information and to register please contact Sally Chandler, Community Engagement Coordinator at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council 06 833 8036 or chandler@hbrc.govt.nz
See events on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council Facebook page


Beach Clean-Up – Waitangi Regional Park, near Awatoto

Saturday 3 March 2018  from 9am to 12pm.

9.00am Welcome, Registration, Health & Safety briefing
9.15 – 11.15am pick up rubbish
11.15am stay for a sausage from the BBQ
12.00pm Finish

BYO – buckets & gloves (if you have them), sun protection, drink bottle, appropriate clothing.
We will supply rubbish bags and gloves
For more information and to register please contact Sally Chandler, Community Engagement Coordinator at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council 06 833 8036 or chandler@hbrc.govt.nz
See events on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council Facebook page


Ministry of Primary Industries Mahia Market Day talks

Sunday 21 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.

Contact: Craig Petherick Craig.Petherick@mpi.govt.nz
Free event


Library Program

Saturday 3 March at 12:00 Noon – 1:00pm
Saturday 10 March at 12:00 Noon – 1:00pm

Join Jake Brookie at the Taradale Library to share books and bio facts! Children can see and touch bio facts that come from animals seen in books from the Taradale Library’s collection. There will be sharkskin, pickled animals and, new for 2018, plankton samples from the Pacific Ocean (bring your magnifying glass for these ones!) This is a free programme.


Estuary Walk

Saturday 3 March at 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Join Educator Jake Brookie and Guide Hinewai Hawaikirangi on a FREE tour of Napier’s Ahuriri Estuary. Learn what makes this place so important to both iwi and wildlife. See migratory birds, hungry snails, and frantic crabs and maybe even a worm with jaws! Bring a good pair of walking shoes and some sunblock. Meet at the carpark on Embankment Road (opposite the Westshore Tavern). Bookings please at The National Aquarium of New Zealand from 1 February.
Contact jakeb@nationalaquarium.co.nz or phone 021 025 73553


Keep Napier Beautiful Decorate a Free Cloth Bag

Saturday 3 March at 10.30am – 3pm
Sunday 4 March at 10.30am – 3pm
Sunday 11 March at 10.30am – 3pm

Give up on using plastic bags and get a free calico shopping bag to use instead. Decorate it at the aquarium and take it home to use straight away.
At the National Aquarium. Entry fees apply.
Contact: Margaret 06 835-2122


Beach Clean Up with Cathedral Environment Justice and Peace Network

Image: Sustainable Coastlines

Friday 9 March from 5 – 6.30pm
Beach Clean Up from the Surf Club to the Port of Napier, Marine Parade

Meet on the grass area by Fish Bike rentals and you are welcome to join us 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 06 835 3862


Sport Hawkes Bay Open Water Swim Confidence sessions

When:         Tuesdays      February 13 – March 13
Where:        Sandy Bay (Little Bay by Napier Port) for 13 Feb, 20 Feb and 27 Feb sessions and at Harding Road by Hot Chick carpark for 6 March and 13 March sessions.
Time:           5.30pm
Cost:            $10 for full 5-week block

To register and for further information contact Eana Young at Sport Hawke’s Bay on 06 845 9336 Ext 708 or email eanay@sporthb.net.nz

Please Note:  These are not learn-to-swim lessons but are more about being able to transfer skills or build on them to swim in open water.


Seaweek Royal Society Lecture

Image: Barry Peters

Wednesday 7 March at 7:30pm
Come hear Waikato University PhD candidate, Helen Cadwallader, speak on her stingray tagging project at the National Aquarium. Gold coin donation.  No booking required.

Contact: Carol 06 833-5424 or email carol@nationalaquarium.co.nz


Children’s Day

Sunday 4 March
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.
Contact: Reception at 06 834-1404



Seaweek Roadshow

Primary Schools
Central Hawkes Bay –1 & 2 February
Napier & region – 7 & 8 February
Hastings & region – 9 & 12 February
The Education Team will be visiting pre-schools and primary schools to promote Seaweek 2018. ‘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!
Contact: Karlie 06 833-5428 or email karlie@nationalaquarium.co.nz


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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