DoC Logo SQThere will be lots of Seaweek 2017 events happening in Nelson/Tasman and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Marborough/Nelson/Tasman Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Kath Inwood – email: Ph 03 546 3151

Seaweek 2017 Events:


Cawthron Seaweek Science Stories

Thursday 2 March 2017 from 7-9pm at The Granary, Founders Park, 87 Atawhai Drive, Nelson.

Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People” is this year’s theme for Seaweek.

Cawthron invites you to  think about our precious oceans by coming along to hear six scientists share their stories, research and passion for the sea. You will hear from speakers with a variety of expertise –  from genetics to algal biotechnology – all related to the sea and its challenges. Each speaker will offer a short, snappy, story that is accompanied by photos (similar to Pecha Kucha).  There will be a bar open in the Granary, this event is suitable for those over 12 years old.

Contact:  Cristina Armstrong Email: , Phone: 548 2319 Ext 357


Lake Rotoiti Community Snorkel Day

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Sunday 29 January 2017, 10.30am to 2pm at Kerr Bay, St Arnaud.

Come and experience Lake Rotoiti with Experiencing Marine Reserves and the Department of Conservation offering a free Community Guided Snorkel Day at Kerr Bay in the Nelson Lakes National Park.
Let our snorkel instructors guide you on a freshwater snorkelling adventure.
A snorkel guide, mask, snorkel, wetsuit, hoodie, fins and a floatation board are all provided.
Minimum age 5 years – Under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Bring swimming gear, food, water, a change of clothes and sunscreen.

Free event.

Contact: Jude Heath email: Ph: (021) 063-6785

Postponements will be posted on the EMR Nelson Facebook page



Tonga Quarry Snorkel Day

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Sunday 19 February 2017 from 7.30am at Abel Tasman National Park.

This snorkelling experience starts early morning at Kaiteriteri Beach, where the Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle transports you to Tonga Quarry to meet your snorkel instructors. From here you start your guided snorkelling experience in the heart of the Tonga Island Marine Reserve in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park.
Snorkel guide, wetsuits, mask, snorkel, fins and floatation information boards are provided.
Bookings are essential. The Tonga Island Community Guided Day Trip is currently full.
To place your name on a waiting list for any cancellations please email

Bring your own food, drink, swimwear, sun screen and a change of warm clothes.

There is a small charge for the Sea Shuttle.

Contact: Jude Heath email: Ph: (021) 063-6785



Nelson Tasman Big Beach Clean

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Saturday 4 March 2017 from 9am to 1.30pm at Tasman Bay.

Wet weather back-up of the following day, Sunday 5 March.

Get a group together and join in the Big Beach Clean.
This is a community clean-up of Tasman Bay beaches and other coastal areas between Tonga Island and Cable Bay (approximately 50 beaches) during Seaweek 2017.
You can start as early as you like but note that rubbish collection points are only open between 9:00 am and 1.30 pm.
You’re invited to join as an individual, or encourage your business, sports or community group to get involved. It’s the biggest community conservation project in the region.
It will be run by DOC, in partnership with Nelson City Council, Tasman District Council and Nelmac.
Register now at:

Free event.

Contact: Sally Leggett email: Ph: (027) 203-5235


Cable Bay Community Guided Snorkel Day

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POSTPONED to Sunday 5 February 2017 (due to weather) from 9am to 4pm at Cable Bay, Nelson.

Presented by the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme. Our free snorkel days are a fun way to learn how to snorkel and explore Cable Bay Horoirangi Marine Reserve. Snorkel Guides will instruct you on how to snorkel and lead you on an under water snorkelling experience. Wetsuits, masks, snorkel, fins and floatation boards are provided. Minimum age 5 years.
Sponsored by Port Nelson, Tasman District Council and the Tindall Foundation. Supported by DOC.

Bring swimming gear and a change of clothes. Gold coin donation for gear.

Registrations on the day.
Any postponements will be posted on the EMR Nelson Facebook Page.


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

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