FN-Logo-Full-Colour-CMYK_0emrlogoThere will be lots of Seaweek 2018 events happening in Northland and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Northland Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Jordie MacDonald from Experiencing Marine Reserves – email: Ph 0273 548745

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:


Beach Road Fishes

Date: Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 April 2018.
Time: 9am – 4pm
Location: 144 Beach Rd, Onerahi, Whangarei. Only limited roadside parking, walking may be required.
Cost: Free entry, all welcome!
Contact: Alyce Charlesworth, Ph (021) 164-4248

Bring the kids to meet some special creatures – Seahorses, Lord Howe Coral fish, Native Galaxids and the original Museum of Fishes eel (Eel McPherson). Open days only Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of April between 9am-4pm.



Sandy Bay Beach Sweep

Date: Friday 13 April 2018.
Time: 3 – 5pm
Location: Sandy Bay, Tutukaka.
Cost: Free

Our last clean up at Sandy Bay went so well that we have decided to do it again! There has been a lot of weather lately, so it will be interesting to see what we find this time.

We are aiming to collect some data on the debris we find, therefore, if you can please ‘sign in’ when you arrive so that we can record how many people come to help 🙂

We are also going to keep all the rubbish and sort through it so that as we continue to clean the beach on a monthly basis, we hope to be able to notice patterns in what we are finding and measure if it is declining, increasing or staying the same.

Your help is greatly appreciated!

Bring the kids down after school, have a picnic (we will bring the BBQ down) and help us keep our coast beautiful!

Please bring a bag or bucket to collect in, wear solid footwear, and bring gardening gloves if you wish, sunscreen, hat and water.

More info:


Leopard Seals in NZ Waters

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018.
Time: 5.30 – 6.30pm
Location: Kiwi North,Gate 1, 500 SH14, Maunu, Whangarei 0179
4 kms west of Maunu Rd / SH1 intersection, 7 kms from Whangarei CBD.
Cost: $10 for adults, all accompanied school children FREE
60% of money raised will go to support

Dr Ingird Visser, better known for her work with orca and whales, will present about her work with
What does do and why?
What do you do if you see a one of these creatures now making appearances in our harbours.
What do you NOT do if you see a leopard seal.
In the Whangarei Museum Gallery at Kiwi North

More info:


The Last Maui’s: Seaweek-end at Whangarei Art Museum

Date: Saturday 10 to Sunday 11 March 2018.
Time: 10am – 4pm daily
Location: Whangarei Art Museum,The Hub, Dent street, Town Basin- access through the I-site, Whangarei.
Cost: Free.

To coincide with our Northland exhibtion ‘Our Summer’ we invite you to visit a special pop-up display in support of Seaweek.

With as few as 42 Maui’s Dolphins left in our oceans we invite you to see, hear and learn about the species and what you can do to support them in their battle with extinction.



Waipu Cove Beach Clean

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018.
Time: 9am – 11am
Location: Waipu Cove.
Cost: Free.

Waipu Evolution is all about reducing waste, particularly plastic and protecting people and our planet, so we’re doing our bit for National Seaweek which runs from Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th March
We so align with The NZ Association for Environmental Education’s theme ‘Healthy Seas, Healthy People’
I know a fair few of you already do your bit when you walk on our beaches, but today is about brining, young and old together, connecting us and our ocean to make a bigger impact – much needed after the recent storms.
Northland Regional Council have donated plastic bags to collect the rubbish – which actually grates with me – like we need more chuffing plastic! So I encourage you to bring a bucket or a recycled bag to collect rubbish. If you want to wear gloves, bring your own. We’re lucky to have toilet facilities at the Cove, so you can all take responsibility for washing your hands after – or not.
We’ll meet outside the toilets around one of the benches. I’ll give you a form of id to say you’re a part of the group as I’m hoping I can chat up Lloyd and Michael at the cafe to give us all a drink afterwards.
Many hands make light work, so any amount of time is much appreciated – you don’t have to stay for the whole 2 hours.
Looking forward to seeing you.


Matapouri Kaitiaki Project – Beach clean up, Whale Bay & Matapouri Beach

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018.
Time: 9am – 1pm
Location: Meeting at Wehi Wehi road, Matapouri.
Cost: Free but koha welcome towards our work.
Contact: Kayla Raines, email: Ph: (022) 010-7759

Meeting at the wehi wehi rd, matapouri carpark-9am For a quick debrief before, the start of the beach clean up and then a light bbq to thank all the hard workers at the Matapouri hall-1pm (finish).

Don’t forget to bring a sun hat and water for the day. And swimming gear, snorkel etc (optional)

At the Matapouri hall there is an option to kindly donate towards our Landcare group’s efforts to support our local community. Find us on Facebook, Matapouri Kaitiaki project. We preserve our natural environment so future generations can enjoy.



BLUE the film: Exclusive Mangawhai Screening

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018.
Time: 6.30 – 9.30pm
Location: Mangawhai Beach School, 34 Insley St, Mangawhai

Cost: Free
Contact:, Ph 09-431 4385

A feature film by Northern Pictures
BLUE is the story our generation need to hear. The industrialization that has occurred in the oceans over the last century, mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial-scale fishing, habitat destruction, species loss and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered. BLUE is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice.

Our ocean has been the guardian of life on earth. Now it is our turn to be guardians for the ocean.


Sandy Bay Beach Sweep

Date: Friday 9 March 2018.
Time: 3 – 5pm
Location: Sandy Bay, Tutukaka Coast.
Cost: Free
Contact: Jo Roberts, email: Ph: (021) 043-7910

It’s Seaweek and we want to show our Moana that we care!
Join us and clean Sandy Bay, a beach we all love, yet is showing the stresses of plastic debris.
Bring the kids down after school, have a picnic and help us keep our coast beautiful!
Please wear solid footwear, and bring gardening gloves if you wish, sunscreen, hat and water.

More info:


Baylys Beach Seaweek Celebration

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018. Rain date is Sunday 4th March, same time
Time: 3 – 5pm
Location: main entrance to Baylys Beach, Seaview Road. Drive to the bottom of Seaview Road and walk or drive onto the beach, you will see our event set up on the beach.
Cost: Free
Contact: or Ph Suzy on 021 161 1001

Activities include: Sand Sculpture competition, Horse rides with Baylys Beach Horse Treks – must wear covered footwear please, Treasure Hunt, Volleyball, Cricket, Touch Rugby. A complimentary BBQ will also be on offer.
The event is Smoke Free and Alcohol Free.

Please bring covered footwear if you want to participate in the horse rides.

Search Baylys Beach Society on Facebook
Look forward to seeing you there.


Great Big Micromollusc Hunt

Thanks to Experiencing Marine Reserves, supported by NZAEE Seaweek

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Calling all beachcombers, come and discover the NZ micro mollusc community; first 20 registered kids receive a free locket. Register on the day.
Date: Saturday 17th March
Time: 1pm-4pm
Location: Matapouri Beach
Cost: Free
Contact: For more info or postponements or


Marine Kaitiaki Action Day – a day for kids and their parents

Thanks to Experiencing Marine Reserves

Image: Jacqui Geux

Activities will include monitoring the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve for reef fish and the Marine Metre Square rocky reef survey. Numbers limited (10 years old and up and accompanied by a parent/guardian)
Date: Saturday 7 April
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Reotahi
Contact: Registrations essential – book online – or


FREE Community Guided Kayak Days – Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve – Waikaraka

Thanks to Experiencing Marine Reserves, supported by NZAEE Seaweek

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Come and explore our local marine reserve by kayak. Learn first-hand about the marine life that lives there. Fun for ages 7 and up! You will be guided through large mature mangroves and cormorant nests.
Supported by the Department of Conservation and Pacific Coast Kayaks
Dates: Sunday 25 February – FULLY BOOKED
and Saturday 24 March
Location: Waikaraka rest area on Whangarei Heads Rd.
Cost: Free – donations welcome
Contact: Registrations essential – book online – or


FREE Community Guided Snorkel Days

Thanks to Experiencing Marine Reserves
Supported by Foundation North, Whangarei District Council, NZAEE Seaweek, Department of Conservation, the Whangarei Lions, Hansen (gazebo) and Warren Biddle Real Estate

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Explore your local marine area with experienced snorkel guides. Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting. Bring your own gear or use ours. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer.

Reotahi, Whangarei Heads: Sunday 7th January, Sunday 21st January, Saturday 24th February and Sunday 11th March POSTPONED to Sunday 25 March10am – 3pm
Tapeka Point , Russell, Bay of Islands POSTPONED to Sunday 4 March 10am – 3pm due to sea conditions
Maitai Bay , Karikari Peninsula Sunday 18th January 10am – 4pm
Kai Iwi Lakes 27th January 10am – 3pm
Kai Iwi Lakes – night snorkel (register on facebook)
Cost: Free – donations welcome
Contact: For more info or postponements or


Library Seaweek Storytime

Come along to listen to a seaweek themed storytime for Pre-schoolers

Date: Wednesday 7th March and Thursday 8th March
Time: 10am-11am
Location: Whangarei Central and Tikipunga Libraries
Cost: Free
Contact: 09-4304206


Marine Reserves: Rohe Moana

Thanks to Kiwi North

‘Exploring Our Local Marine Reserves’ exhibition and displaying local Pot-Bellied Seahorses, Maori name: Manaia, Scientific name: Hippocampus abdominalis

Date: Saturday 3th March – Saturday 10th March
Time: Kiwi North Opening hours
Location: Kiwi North, Gate 1, 500 S.H.14, Maunu
Cost: Included in general admission
Family pass $45, adults $20, seniors $15, students $5, under 5 free


Seaweek Exposed: public talk

Thanks to Kiwi North

Image: Mels Barton

Bringing tales from Tangaroa together with the exploits of the orca and leopard seals in our harbour.Date: Tuesday 6th March,
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Location: Kiwi North, Gate 1, 500 S.H.14, Maunu
Cost: Adults $10, accompanied school students FREE
Contact:,, 09 438 9630

Port Nikau celebrates Sea Week 2018

Thanks to Port Nikau, Sarah Fox

A free community, zero waste event featuring a big land and harbour clean up to celebrate Seaweek 2018
There will be something for everyone no matter what age:
+ The Royal navy boat NZMS HAWEA will be docked for people to explore, scramble aboard and meet the crew. + THE ROCK POOL starring Styrene and the Kai Moana is a unique whacky musical entertainment show for all ages with a message from the deep blue sea. Show goes for 40 mins. + An inflatable kelp seaweed tunnel to explore. + Food and drinks. + Model Aviation Northland flying demonstration. + Growing pile of collected rubbish throughout event.
Date: Sunday 4th March
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
Location: Port Nikau- End of Port Road, Whangarei
Cost: FREE to all attendees
Contact : Sarah Fox : or call 0274633498

The Rock Pool

Starring Styrene and the Kai Moana!
Thanks to Little Green Man Productions
Sponsors: Creative Communities/Oxford Sports Trust/WDC/Blue Sky Community Trust
“Come and shake your body and listen to the beat from all those sea creatures underneath   your feet!”
Unique whacky entertainment for all ages with a message from the deep blue sea…!
Date : Sunday 4th March
Time : 9.30am – 12.30pm  (40 minute set in that time frame)
Location: Port Nikau
Cost : Free
Contact : Sarah 021772106,

FREE Beach Clean-up Kits

Thanks to Enviroschools and CoastCare Northland, Northland Regional Council

Help protect our marine environment from litter by organising a beach clean-up with your school, CoastCare group, sports club or family and friends. Beach cleans can take place outside of Seaweek. Register with us to receive a free kit containing a clean-up guide, sunscreen, pre-paid rubbish bags, tide-tables, posters and more. Enter the prize draw for a portable BBQ by auditing one bag of rubbish collected.  Enter our photo competition and be in to win one of three ‘day at the beach’ packs.

Date: To receive your free clean-up kit, register your beach clean event at between Monday 12th February and Friday 9th March 2018.
Time: Beach clean-ups can take place between Monday 26th February and Friday 13th (end of Term 1)
Location: Any Northland Beach
Cost: Free



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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