GW Landscape Logo - FullcolThere are lots of Seaweek 2017 events happening in Wellington, we’ll be adding details of new events as we receive them. If you’d like to organise an event: Contact the Regional Coordinator from Greater Wellington Regional Council Sara Stuart-Currier – email: Sara.StuartCurrier@gw.govt.nz phone: 04 830-4275 or 027 466 0362 or Jo Fagan – email: Jo.Fagan@gw.govt.nz phone 021 824 914

Seaweek 2017 Events:


Beach Clean-up Moa Point to Breaker Bay

Sunday 5 March 2017, 10am until noon. Breaker Bay – meet at Wahine Memorial Park – https://goo.gl/maps/Xrtz2tL6x9J2

Ahoy me-hearties!! Join me to clean up a salty shore for Seaweek. Bring the crew, bring a coat and a smile. Come for as long or as short as you like:

Rubbish bags (and rubber gloves) provided. Wear sturdy shoes, bring a hat and a coat.

Contact: Jo Frances email: jo.frances@mfe.govt.nz Ph: (021) 966-7550


Kohi Para ki te Marae o Tangaroa

Wednesday 1 March 2017, 10am to 12 noon at Marine Parade, ŌTAKI

“Mā Whero Mā Pango e oti ai te mahi”
He pōhiri tēnei ki ngā reanga katoa kia haere mai ki te whakapaipai i te taiao o Tangaroa rāua ko Hinemoana. Together we can make a difference.

Haria mai he pōtae, pani rā, pouaka kai, pātara wai. Bring a hat, sunblock, lunch and a drink bottle. Fruit will be provided.

Free event.

Contact: Te Atawhai Kumar email: teatawhai@teahoturoa.org.nz Ph: (021) 186-2649



Wellington Coastal Clean-up

Sunday 5 March 2017, 3.30-5.30pm. The Esplanade, Island Bay
Meeting Place: Car park opposite The Beach House and Kiosk Cafe (formerly known as The Bach) Map
Join us at the meeting place and collect your rubbish bags and gloves.

Low tide is at: 5.45PM

What to bring:
• Closed-toe and sturdy shoes (such as sports shoes/ cross trainers/ tramping boots)
• Warm clothing: Check the weather and dress appropriately
• Sun screen and hat
• Camera (please send photos to info@osof.org)
• Snacks
• Water

OSOF WEBSITE: www.osof.org

This event is open to everyone who would like to take part in keeping Wellington’s coastline clean and beautiful, however under 18 year olds must be supervised by a parent or guardian. We recommend looking for rubbish in pairs or groups for safety (and some good company).

When you are done with your rubbish collecting, please bring it back to the meeting place for sorting and collection.

For more information please email:info@osof.org or send us a message on Facebook.


Island Bay Snorkel Day

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Saturday 4 February 2017, 10am – 3pm at the Island Bay Marine Education Centre, 212 The Esplanade, Island Bay, Wellington.

Come get your snorkel on at the Taputeranga Marine Reserve in Island Bay!

Our wonderful Experiencing Marine Reserve snorkel guides look forward to helping you to explore the spectacular underwater world of the south coast during our annual community snorkel day.

New snorkellers encouraged! We provide all equipment, guides and safety support. Sorry – no children under 8 yrs.

Tours departing at 10, 11, 12.00, 1.00 and 2.00pm. We are unable to take bookings for this event – so please meet us down at the surf club (Island Bay Marine Education Centre) on the day and sign up for the next available group.

Weather updates will also be posted on Facebook here. Please check on the morning of the snorkel for any updates.

The final back-up date in case of bad weather will be on Sunday 5th of February.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are a keen and experienced snorkeller and would like to help our team with this free community event- please contact sarah.neighbours@octopus.org.nz. We need volunteers for this and a number of other community and school events over summer.



Seaweek in Masterton at Aratoi

Saturday 25 February to Saturday 4 March 2017, 10am-4pm daily at Aratoi – Wairarapa Museum of Art & History.

Aratoi is found on Bruce Street at the northern end of the business district of Masterton.

Birds NZ and Aratoi (Wairarapa Museum of Art and History) are combining forces for Seaweek from 25th Feb to 5th March, with support from DoC and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Contact: Robin List email: birds.wairarapa@osnz.org.nz Ph: (06) 370-8281 or (027) 283-1860 – or call Aratoi (06) 370 0001

• The large wall of the entry area of Aratoi will be available for the public to add their photos and artwork of seabirds to a montage which calls attention to some of the issues troubling our seas and their bird life in particular. If you want your picture returned please put your name and phone number on the back and remember to collect it after 5th March.
• There will be a work station with activity sheets for smaller children.
• A large video screen will run a slide show of rarely seen sub-antarctic and antarctic sea birds.
• Plastic waste gathered from a beach is available for a teaching session with a small number of Enviro-school classes.


Kapiti Marine Reserve Display

From 30 January to 17 February 2017 from 9am to 7.30pm daily at Paraparaumu Library (art space). Map.

The Guardians of Kapiti Marine Reserve are pleased to announce the opening of a Kapiti Marine Reserve display in the art space in the foyer of the Paraparaumu library.
The display will feature underwater and historic photographs alongside information about the value of the unique marine life that lives within the Kapiti marine reserve. This is a great opportunity for members of the public to find out more about the reserve and the incredible abundance and diversity of life that the local marine environment supports

There will also be information about the benefits of marine reserves and a summary of the results of some of the latest scientific research to be carried out at Kapiti that clearly demonstrates the value and importance of marine reserves for protecting marine life within the reserve as well as providing spill over benefits to the wider marine environment.

See Facebook event for more information.

Contact: Ben Knight email: contactbenknight@icloud.com Ph: (022) 197-4100


Kapiti Marine Reserve: Past, Present and Future

Thursday 9 February at 10.30am. Paraparaumu Library. Map.

A free presentation by Chris Paulin: “Kapiti Marine Reserve: Past, present and future”

Chris has a wealth of knowledge and experience with natural history and ethnological museum collections including 37 years as a marine biology curator at the National Museum of New Zealand. His work has been published in over 60 scientific papers, and has included descriptions of 17 species of fish new to science.

The presentation will include information about the history of the reserve, the value of the unique marine life that lives within the Kapiti marine reserve and the future possibilities for this unique marine protected area. This is a great opportunity for members of the public to find out more about the reserve and the incredible abundance and diversity of life that the local marine environment supports.

This presentation is one in a series of marine science summer lectures organised by the Guardians of Kapiti Marine Reserve. Paraparaumu library is hosting this presentation as part of the library’s Waitangi lecture series.

See Facebook event for more information.

Contact: Ben Knight email: contactbenknight@icloud.com Ph: (022) 197-4100


Fish-hooks and Fisheries

A free presentation by Chris Paulin: “Fish-hooks and Fisheries”.

Tuesday 21 March 2017 at 7pm. Te Newhanga Kapiti Community Centre, 15 Ngahina Street, Paraparaumu.

Presented as part of the Guardians of Kapiti Marine Reserve summer marine science lecture series, this free talk by marine biologist and author Chris Paulin titled “Fish-hooks and Fisheries: past and present reasons for marine reserves” will look at how traditional fishing methods changed over time as fishing stocks declined and will offer insights into how marine reserves are helping to reverse this decline.

Prior to European arrival in New Zealand the abundant fish stocks contributed up to 60% or more of Maori food resources. Changes to fish populations associated with ever increasing harvesting as a result of unlimited access to what was seen as an endless resource led to dramatic declines in fish populations around our coasts. These declines, although significant, remained largely undocumented as the fish disappeared over the decades. In the absence of records we can reconstruct a picture of the unexploited fishery through study of traditional fishing technology, anecdotal evidence and scientific fact. Despite opposition, the establishment of marine reserves around the world has resulted in many benefits, including increased recreational and commercial catches.

Chris Paulin is self employed and specialises in natural history writing and photography, particularly macro photography.
His experience with natural history and ethnological museum collections includes 37 years as a marine biology curator at the National Museum of New Zealand, where his research ranged from the taxonomy of New Zealand fishes to traditional Mäori fish-hooks and customary fishing techniques. The results of these studies have been published in over 60 scientific papers,and has included descriptions of 17 species of fish new to science. In addition to his recent publication “Te Matau a Maui: fish-hooks, fishing and fisheries in New Zealand” he has published seven books on NZ marine biology and fishes.

See Facebook event for more information.

Contact: Ben Knight email: contactbenknight@icloud.com Ph: (022) 197-4100


Wai-rua, Wairua




‘Waterways precede and sustain our existence in the present.’


Join us for walks and screenings around Waiwhetu to explore how water can be valued in different ways. Connecting 
two different bodies of water (the stream and aquifer), water aging and whakapapa, the project involves Te Atiawa o Waiwhetu, local community and GNS Science.

DIRECTIONS: By train: Woburn Station, 12min walk via Grenville and Guthrie Streets.


The suburb of Waiwhetu holds a special place in the Hutt Valley. One of the largest urban marae in the country, alongside a meeting house (Arohanui ki te Tangata) there is the Te Maori cultural centre and wharewaka, a gym, radio station, and health and childcare centres. Arohanui ki te Tangata means “good will to all men”, a name chosen to symbolise relations between Maori and European since the area’s settlement in the 1800s.

Local Pakeha and iwi Te Atiawa alike cherish their relationship with Waiwhetu Stream: not so long ago known as the most polluted stream in New Zealand and now the subject of much community restoration. Waiwhetu means ‘star reflecting water’ named after the original pa site. Te Atiawa have a private bore to the aquifer here which promises to provide clean water for the health of the local community for the future. This is due to open shortly, with a pipeline to providing full access to the wider public.

Wai-rua, wairua explores through dialogue how we can combine different approaches to water – connecting two different bodies of water and connecting the communities in and around Waiwhetu.

The Waiwhetu stream (and its now culverted tributaries) and the aquifer bore at Te Maori Wharewaka are this project’s focal point for a conversation between local Iwi, the environment and the greater community. The concepts of scientifically dating water and the exploration of water through whakapapa involve multiple knowledge systems. The project will include exploratory walks with locals and visitors mapping the waterways (seen and hidden), community photographic workshops (working with water from the aquifer), and the development and projection of a filmwork.

“Wairua is a Maori concept of spirit, or the spiritual element pertaining to all things living and non-living” write the artists. “Wairua can be taken to mean either ‘two waters”, or “that which is contained within”.

“Waterways can be cited in pepeha (the way in which you introduce yourself), as part of the whakapapa of a particular iwi, hapu or individual. This puts us in dialogue with our environment. Waterways precede and sustain our existence in the present”’

The artists are working with Te Atiawa members to voice Iwi views and histories of water, and GNS Science to visualise the issues of water aging in the aquifer. A visual whakapapa of the waterways in the 100-acre area – once set aside for Iwi living near the Waiwhetu Stream – will be created. There is also research with scientists at the GNS Science Groundwater aging lab in Lower Hutt. The aging of aquifer water determines the health of our drinking water. Several decades of recent agricultural and industrial history have left pollution of this water source, which is still untapped.

“It is our intention to produce a project which explores and highlights these varying dynamics and understandings of the importance of water, and offer this back to the greater community. Different components of our project will intertwine or echo each other as we share research and continue conversations about the concerns over the quality of the water that lies beneath and the politics of bringing it to the surface.”


Common Ground Hub



Come and visit the Hub 9am – 8pm weekdays to meet the artists, share a free pop-up library, art, activities and have conversations about water in the Lower Hutt CBD.

A partnership with About Space, Hutt City Libraries, Wellington Water, Wellington Access Radio and many community organisations, this is a space for us all to find our common ground. Each weekday of the festival the Hub will focus on different themes. Come and find out more.

10AM Join the community for Morning Tea and meet the artists.

11AM-2PM Activities for the young and school groups

3-5PM Visit Hutt People’s Radio: share your local stories about water.

5.30-8PM Join discussions and presentations on water issues and the role of art with artists and key figures with water knowledge from organisations and the community.


MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY Korokoro Stream, ecology and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD).
TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY Water quality and mapping the water system.
WEDNESDAY 1 MARCH  Different approaches to water and Waiwhetu.
THURSDAY 2 MARCH Activities and discussions about the Hutt aquifer, its bores and the shape and flow of Hutt River Te Awakairangi.
FRIDAY 3 MARCH  The river, flood projections, the flood banks and climate change.

More information: http://commongroundfestival.org.nz/portfolio/common-ground-hub/


Drawing Water: Low Lying





What will the floodplain look like when our young people are old? Working with schools and scientists to visualise future and historical changes, a giant 1:1 flood map is being made collaboratively with rope, on the grassy flood banks.

‘The end result is giant collaborative artwork: effectively a 1:1 interpretive scale map of past and future projections.’

DIRECTIONS By train: Ava Station, 15 min walk Wakefield Street and across Ava bridge. By car: St Alban’s Grove, off Woburn Road. By foot: 10 min from Dowse Art Museum via Myrtle Street.

More information: http://commongroundfestival.org.nz/portfolio/drawing-water/



Citizen Water Map Lab

Saturday 25 February to Saturday 4 March 2017


“Water stops being part of our world – we get abstracted from it.”


How is your local water quality? Test it. Bring a two-litre plastic milk bottle full of Hutt bore, stream or river water to the lab.
 A public access workshop for experimenting, testing and “modelling water with water”. Help the lab slowly fill with samples to create a visual computerised model of Hutt water quality.

Bring water to the opening: Saturday 25 February 11am, Dowse Square

More information: http://commongroundfestival.org.nz/portfolio/citizen-water-map-lab/


Inanga Love Park


Saturday 25 February to Saturday 4 March 2017 daily from 8am to 9pm at Lower Korokoro Stream, Petone.

Come for a picnic: Saturday 25 February at 2pm.

By train: Petone Railway Station, walk 10min along path towards the foreshore.
By car: take Petone exit and use Western foreshore parking area near the ski club, accessible via The Esplanade. Walk along path under the bridge towards railway station.

“We cannot afford to step back and let this love leave our landscape”


A project about love. Help celebrate a pocket park that supports inanga (whitebait) spawning on a stream bank wedged between rail, pipelines and roads.

Korokoro Stream, Petone has received much love from local groups, but less cared for are the in-between stretches of waterway between culvert and sea; where water meets major transport and industrial routes and hubs. These can be important hubs for other species too.
The project will be visible from the train, provide an attractive place for walkers and cyclists to rest, and support the existing stream habitat.

More information: http://commongroundfestival.org.nz/portfolio/inanga-love-park/



Cinema event: The Rising Gale

Image by Murray Hewitt

“The film provides a way for the community to talk about its river.”


Located at bore and river sites across the valley with performances by local artists and cultural groups. Music and stories are being selected to accompany an audacious film that maps the aquifer and Hutt river – flying majestically above the water in real time, from Taita to Matiu Somes Island.

Saturday 25 February from 9pm to 10pm at Taita College Poly Club – Nash St, Taita: Free night-time outdoor live cinema event.

Sunday 26 February from 8pm to 9pm at GNS Science, 1 Fairway Dr, Avalon: Free night-time outdoor live cinema event.

Thursday 2 March 2017 from 8.30pm to 9.30pm at Gear Island Water Treatment Park, the end of Jackson Street; Hutt River; Petone: Free night-time outdoor live cinema event with sound artist Jason Wright.

Free but limited places so please email to book at – lettingspace@gmail.com

Saturday 4 March 2017 from 9pm to 10pm at Riverbank, Melling Bridge, Lower Hutt: Free night-time outdoor live cinema event with performances by Ssendam Rawkustra and Mix-Music Mania.

Today straightened and accompanied by a state highway,  Hutt River winds its way through the Hutt Valley, before spilling out into Wellington harbour. Below valley and harbour is an enormous aquifer fed by water entering the ground from the river at Taita Gorge. Water from the aquifer comes into the Wellington region’s pipes through a pumping station at Waterloo, but there are many bore sites stretching from Taita to Matiu Somes Island.

A prominent visual landmark and significant recreational asset, the river means many things to many people. Meanwhile, public access through bores to natural artesian drinking water from the aquifer has also become increasingly celebrated.

For Murray Hewitt’s project the river and aquifer gets a new kind of accompaniment. A series of outdoor live cinema events involving local community cultural groups across the valley, follows a daring local experiment with drone videography. Hewitt uses film and performance in experimental ways to enable the community to express its relationship to its river and aquifer. Hewitt celebrates the many different relationships to the river as braids that make up the Hutt community.

Filmed, the river will act as a moving visual score for local artists to compose and make music to, adding their stories and cultural perspectives to its bed. Working with Hutt drone flight school RPA Ltd. Hewitt is mapping the aquifer.

Key to the project are a planned series of five performances during the Common Ground week at bore sites along the river, with the five different community cultural groups.

The film takes in the river, five bridges, an island and the sea as formal visual elements, with this film then given to a range of local musical and cultural groups to provide stories, waiata and music to. They become the sounds of the river – its movement and shape connected to the community as its performer.

“The river bed becomes like a wavelength,” writes Hewitt.”It gives a beat, a frame within which the community may contribute.”

Please look at the website http://commongroundfestival.org.nz/portfolio/the-rising-gale/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/commongroundartfestival for more information.

Contact: Mark Amery email: mrkamery@gmail.com Ph: (027) 356-6128


Explore Whitireia Coast Snorkel Event

Image: Experiencing Marine Reserves.

There will be two snorkel days at Whitireia Park, Porirua:

Saturday 25 February 2017, from 9.30am to 3pm

Saturday 4 March 2017, from 9.30am to 3pm

Snorkels will take place at a site in-between Onehunga Bay and Kaitawa Point. A sign will be placed at the Thornley Street entrance to Whitireia Park to point you on to the meeting point.
Parking is available on the grass area immediately behind the snorkel site and near Kaitawa Point. Changing rooms and toilets are located in Onehunga Bay. The snorkel site is 5 -7 minutes walk from the toilets. Please assemble at the meeting point (look for flags) and wait for direction from one of our staff.

Come along and view the mesmerising marine life at Whitireia Park! Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Healthy Harbours Porirua team will provide you with the equipment, safety support and experienced guides to help you explore the spectacular under water world along the Whitireia coastline.

Snorkel Tours will depart at 10.00am, 11.00, 12.30pm and 1.30 and 2.30. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Sorry -we cannot take children under 8 years of age. Participants must be able to swim 50 meters.

Please also note you cannot make a booking for this event this year – places will be secured on a first-come, first served basis with a maximum of 16 per tour.

Please bring a towel, warm clothes, sunscreen, drinking water and snacks. Wetsuits, snorkels, masks and other essential equipment, as well as, hot drinks and biscuits will be provided.

Free event. Contact: Sara Stuart-Currier email: sara.stuartcurrier@gw.govt.nz Ph: (04) 830-4275

More information:

Wellington Marine Conservation Trust
Healthy Harbours Porirua
Greater Wellington Great Outdoors


Moa Point Treatment Plant Tours

Interested in what happens after you flush? Enjoy a guided tour and explanation of how your local wastewater is treated before being discharged.

Four 1 hour tours (two per day):

Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 10am and 1pm

Tuesday 7 March 2017 at 10am and 1pm

Suitable for age 12 and over. Please wear covered shoes.

Free event. Bookings are essential.
To book, email your name and contact details to stuart.pearce@veoliawater.co.nz


Beach and Stream Clean Up Raumati Beach

Wednesday 1 March 2017 from 4pm to 5.30pm at Raumati Beach and Wharemauku Stream. Meet at the boat ramp in front of The Waterfront Brasserie on Raumati Beach.

Join Kāpiti College’s Eco Action Group in a beach and stream clean up at Raumati Beach.
Gloves and bags provided.
Nau mai, haere mai!

Free event.

Contact: Nicola Easthope email: nicola.easthope@kc.school.nz Ph: (021) 039-6334



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