NORTHLAND

FN-Logo-Full-Colour-CMYK_0emrlogoThere will be lots of Seaweek 2017 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: jordiemacdonald22@gmail.com Ph 0273 548745

Seaweek 2017 Events:

 

The World’s Smallest Dolphin: NZ’s Màui Dolphin

Image: OneGreenPlanet.org

Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 March 2017, 10am to 4pm daily at Kiwi North, 500 S.H 14 Maunu, Whangarei

See the life size model of a North Island West coast Màui dolphin. Learn how to tell the difference between Màui and Hector’s dolphins. Discover why they are so rare and what we can do to help keep them in our waters.

Cost: included in admission cost to Kiwi North

Contact: education@kiwinorth.co.nz

 

Whale of a Day

Monday 27 February to Friday 3 March 2017, 10.00am-2.00pm daily at Butler Point Whaling Museum, 31 Marchant Rd, Hihi (Near Mangonui).

Take a guided tour of the Whaling Museum and Captain Butler’s homestead, picnic in the beautiful grounds and learn how to save a beached whale. Have some fun with ocean ecology!

Cost: $5 per student, $10 per adult

Contact: Jan Ferguson 0800687386 butler.point@xtra.co.nz

 

Whangarei Family Beach Day for New and Established Migrants

Saturday 4 March 2017 from 10.00am-1.00pm (Bus departs at 10.00am so arrive earlier). Meet at Multicultural Whangarei (travelling to Mcleod Bay).

The bus will be departing from Multicultural Whangarei (71 Bank St) at 10am and travel to Mcleod Bay, Whangarei Heads, with a stop in Waikaraka to see a kayaking event taking place. When we arrive at Mcleod Bay there will be Kapa Haka, shared kai (food), speeches, and fun family activities all in a beautiful setting. The bus will depart from Mcleod Bay at 1.00pm and return to Multicultural Whangarei. If you prefer, you are able to drive your own vehicle and meet us there. Reservations essential.

Cost: Free (bring a plate of food for shared lunch)

Contact: Multicultural Whangarei 09-4300571

 

Sea Horses for Courses

Monday 8 May and Friday 12 May 2017 from 10am to 4pm at Kiwi North, 500 SH14 Maunu, Whangarei.

Come and see the beautiful species of Seahorses that once swam in the Whangarei Harbour. Learn about their lifestyle, habitat and what we can do to bring them back to our harbour.

Cost: included in admission cost to Kiwi North

Contact: education@kiwinorth.co.nz

 

Seaweek Pecha Kucha

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Wednesday 1 March 2017 from 7-9pm at the Old Stone Butter Factory, 8 Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei.

Rapid fire sea-themed entertainment. $5 at the door
Hosted at the Butter Factory by Experiencing Marine Reserves for some Seaweek themed rapid fire entertainment. Pecha Kucha format entails each presenter to have 20 slides and speak for 20 seconds per slide. You will be sure to learn a few new sea facts and get inspired by some ocean stories. A variety of 10 different speakers of different ages and backgrounds will be presenting with sign language interpretation. Proceeds from the night will support a school or community group to have a free guided snorkel experience. Send a representative on the night to go into the draw. Spot prizes will be awarded!

Contact: Jordan MacDonald on jordan@emr.org.nz

LEARNZ “Marine Mammals” virtual field trip for schools

Term 1 starting 28 February 2017

Did you know that we are loving our terehu (bottlenose dolphin) too much? Dolphin-watching and swimming with the dolphins is an important part of New Zealand’s local and regional economy. Many people are attracted to the Bay of Islands to see them. But only one in four of the Bay’s terehu calves make it to adulthood and there are now fewer than 100 terehu visiting the Bay of Islands on a regular basis.

How can we protect these amazing animals and keep them in the Bay? On this field trip during SeaWeek, you will find out about terehu and other marine mammals (kekeno – NZ fur seal, maki – orca, and ika moana – whale).

Find out more here: http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=marinemammals171

 

Healing the Ocean Saving Ourselves

Thursday 2 March 2017, 12.30pm at Whangarei Library and 7.30pm at Oceans Resort, Tutukaka Marina

Ocean Ecologist, Diver, Teacher, Author and Photographer Glenn Edney presents a thought-provoking evening talk for Sea Week 2017 entitled, Healing The Ocean Saving Ourselves.

Free entry or Koha.

Glenn has been exploring the Ocean and interacting with the underwater world for more than 30 years – on a live-aboard dive business to the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, in Indonesia, the UK, the US and more especially the Kingdom of Tonga, where for 6 years he ran a diving and whale watching enterprise. His passion for the Ocean is infectious and time spent in his company will sweep you away on a voyage of discovery into the blue heart our planet.

This evening will be a celebration of Ocean life as well as providing insights into the major threats facing the Ocean. Drawing on his wealth of knowledge and experiences, Glenn offers ways that we can individually and collectively work towards protecting the Ocean surrounding our beautiful coast.

Together with his wife Janey they formed Ocean Spirit with the aim of fostering in humanity a deeper and more harmonious relationship with the living Ocean. They live on the beautiful Tutukaka Coast north of Whangarei.

On Friday 3rd March Glenn and Janey invite you to join them aboard Yukon Dive’s SV “Pacific Hideaway” for a day trip out to the vibrant underwater world of the Poor Knights Marine Reserve. Please see separate event for details.

Please feel free to come around 7pm and to stay on afterwards to enjoy drink and something to eat at the Wahi Bar in Oceans. Glenn and Janey will be around after the talk to chat informally.

Contact: Janey Pares Edney email: janey@oceanspirit.org Ph: 021 2772 988

 

 

A Day Trip to the Poor Knights

Friday 3 March 2017 from 8.15am to 4pm at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve. Meet at Tutukaka Marina – Pier J1.

Glenn and Janey from Ocean Spirit invite you to join them aboard Yukon Dive’s SV “Pacific Hideaway” for a voyage of discovery into the blue heart of our planet amongst the vibrant underwater world of the Poor Knights Marine Reserve.

This is a unique opportunity to get immersed within the living splendour and rich abundance of Ocean life only found in this incredibly beautiful, fully protected marine ecosystem. Come and enjoy a day out snorkeling, diving, kayaking, swimming or just sight-seeing!

Glenn’s passion for the Ocean is infectious! Join in with conversations about Ocean protection, current threats facing the Ocean and how we can each play our part in supporting the Ocean to return to a healthy state.

“Pacific Hideaway” is a 16m catamaran with all modern conveniences – toilets, hot deck shower, kitchen with fridge and hot drinks, comfortable seating, great viewing space and easy access to the water.

Please bring: Snorkeling gear, lunch, water bottle, towel, sun hat, sun screen, warm clothes.

Cost: Trip only (includes snorkeling equipment, hot drinks and snacks): $180

Optional additional costs:
Wet suit hire: shorty $10, full suit $20
Tanks and weights: $40
Full dive equipment hire: $100

Bookings essential. Book online http://yukon.co.nz/book-online/  or call Jo on 021 261 1779.

Contact: Janey Pares Edney email: janey@oceanspirit.org Ph: 021 2772 988

 

FREE Beach Clean-up Kits

Let us help you ‘make a difference’ to Northland’s marine environment.

Organise a beach clean-up and order your FREE beach clean-up kit by registering via this link:  www.nrc.govt.nz/seaweek by Friday 3rd March 2017.

Beach clean-ups can take place up until Thursday 13th April (end of Term 1) at any Northland beach.

The kit contains a how-to-do-a-beach-clean-up guide, rubbish bags, gloves, sunscreen, tide tables, posters and teaching and learning resources.

BUT wait…there’s moreEnter the prize draw for a portable BBQ by auditing one bag of rubbish collected. Enter a photo completion and be-in-to-win one of three Go Pros. Beach cleans can take place outside of Seaweek.

 

Waikaraka Kayak Day

Saturday 4 March and Sunday 19 March 2017 from 10am to 2pm at Waikaraka, Whangarei.

Come and explore our local local marine reserve aboard a single or double kayak at high tide. Learn first-hand about the marine life that lives there and get professional kayaking tuition. Fun for ages 7 and up. You will be guided through large mature mangroves and cormorant colonies, you may see yellow eyed mullet or even a royal spoonbill!

Presented by Experiencing Marine Reserves. Supported by the Department of Conservation and Pacific Coast Kayaks.
Kayaks and life jackets provided, you can also register your own vessel (paddle board or kayak). Spaces limited. Registration essential online via our events at www.emr.org.nz or www.facebook.com/emr.mtsct or email info@emr.org.nz
Koha/donations greatly appreciated!
Register online https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qxjC8H-7lCFnNBlQsNfUHn3TCRS4CPZE1lLboU9vLpM/edit

 

Tapeka Point Snorkel Day

Saturday 4 March 2017 from 12pm noon to 3pm at Tapeka Point, Bay of Islands. Alternative back up site: Long Beach (Russell, BOI)

Explore the waters of Tapeka Point with an experienced snorkel guide, you never know what you might spot? Discover gulf ball sponges, triplefins or nudibranchs. Fun for the whole whanau. Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements on www.emr.org.nz and facebook page

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

Plus enter our Seaweek Photo competition to win a trip to the Poor Knights Islands with EMR on Perfect Day* Register for the photo competition on the day. Comp is for participating snorkelers only (at this event), images can be underwater or shots of the beach or people on the day. Your entries will go on our facebook page and the most liked image by the 25th March will win the trip to the Poor Knights, as part of EMR’s annual competition trip on a specified date only. One place will be awarded on the trip if you’re an adult ( 19 plus) or 2 places if the winner is 18 or under (with the additional spot for an adult attendee). Spot prizes also awarded for participation!*Terms and conditions apply.

This is a Seaweek event and is supported by the Tindall Foundation in partnership with Fishforever.

 

Kai Iwi Lakes Snorkel Day

Saturday 28 January 2017 from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Kai Iwi Lakes, Dargaville.

Explore Lake Waikare with an experienced snorkel guide, you never know what you might spot? Freshwater koura or tuna! Fun for the whole whanau. Register at the event on the day. Conditions permitting. Postponements onwww.emr.org.nz and facebook page

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

This event is part of the Kai Iwi Lakes Open Day

 

 

Kai Iwi Lakes Open Day – Whitebait Connection – Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust

Saturday 28 January 2017 from 10.30am – 3.30pm at Kai Iwi Lakes, Dargaville.

Come and check out this annual event at Lake Waikare (part of the Kai Iwi Lakes group), which has something for everyone. And it’s all free! Snorkeling, waka ama, guided walks, cultural info and displays, games, activities, prizes, music and much more. There will also be the addition of a guided night snorkel this year which will kick off at 8pm – registrations for that activity are essential at info@emr.org.nz (and participants must be 13 years old or over). Food and drink will also be available for sale including a fundraising sausage sizzle from Circus Kumarani.

Nau mai haere mai – we hope to see you there on Anniversary weekend. Donations/koha are also welcome on the day (but not essential) which go towards supporting local students to go to the waka ama national championships in 2017.

 

Reotahi Community Guided Snorkel Days

Saturday 7 January 2017, Saturday 21 January 2017, Sunday 19 February and Sunday 5 March from 10am to 3pm at Reotahi Rd, Whangarei Heads.

Explore the waters of the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve at Reotahi with an experienced snorkel guide, you never know what you might spot? Discover pipefish, triplefins or nudibranchs. Fun for the whole whanau. Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements on www.emr.org.nz and facebook page

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

Presented by Experiencing Marine Reserves, supported by the Whangarei District Council, NZAEE/Seaweek, Department of Conservation, the Whangarei Lions, Hansen (gazebo) and Warren Biddle Real Estate.

Getting there: Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve – Reotahi Beach, Whangarei Heads. After McLeods Bay follow Reotahi Rd, then Beach Rd to the end and up to the Reotahi carpark, opposite Motukaroro Island and Marsden Point.

For more info email info@emr.org.nz

 

Maitai Bay Snorkel Day

Wednesday 18 January 2017 from 10am to 3pm at Maitai Bay.

Explore the waters of Maitai Bay with an experienced snorkel guide, you never know what you might spot? Discover kelpfish, triplefins or nudibranchs. Fun for the whole whanau. Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements on www.emr.org.nz and facebook page

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.
Koha/donations welcome
Supported by the Tindall Foundation, in partnership with Department of Conservation

For more info email info@emr.org.nz

 

Tapotupotu Community Guided Snorkel Day

Monday 16 January 2017 from 10.30am – 1.30pm at Tapotupotu Bay.

Explore the unique Tapotupotu Estuary. Discover spotties, nesting mussel and triplefins amongst the mangrove roots. Fun for the whole whanau. Register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements on www.emr.org.nz and our facebook page

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.
Koha/donations welcome
Sponsored by the DOC Community Fund, in partnership with the Department of Conservation (Kaitaia).

For more info email info@emr.org.nz

 

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