1 week ago

Sea Week

Huge congratulations to the fantastic Professor Rochelle Constantine who has won The Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her amazing work with cetaceans. So well deserved!

Faculty of Science, University of Auckland
Congratulations to Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine from the School of Biological Sciences! She has won the inaugural Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation.
Associate Professor Constantine's work on a campaign to increase protections for whale populations within the Hauraki Gulf led to slower speeds for large vessels which has dramatically reduced the number of whales injured or killed by ship strike. She has been instrumental in leading a number of initiatives for expanded protection for humpback whales and Māui’s dolphin including revision of guidelines for international dolphin-watch tourism. She was also a strong advocate for the creation of a marine reserve at the Kermadec Islands.
Check out the video below to see some of Rochelle's marine research in action.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

Jasmine Nossiter

jasmine-nossiter

Nine year old Jasmine Nossiter is a petite young girl with a massive heart and drive to protect the earth so no animals die. A school project really ignited her passion to make a difference to the amount of pollution in our oceans and she’s now on a mission to get the message out so people understand how their litter is destroying our planet.

I contacted Parua Bay School after I saw an article in the Northern Advocate, to pass on my congratulations and thank her for her great work. The school passed on my letter to her mother Anita who contacted me – and just a few days later on World Ocean Day, Anita brought Jasmine and her brother to my local beach to join in a global event I’d organised called ‘Let’s Ripple’. I was invited to talk to the pupils at her school because of my own passion and ancestral connection to the ocean. The teachers told me Jasmine has been an inspiration to staff, pupils and parents – her peers regularly sharing their own efforts in and out of school with her.

Since writing to her local council, Jasmine now receives a regular supply of bags to clean up the beaches. They’ve also invited her to design signs with her message so they can be made and put up in the area. Personally, I’d love to see her idea spread nationwide.

Jasmine is working alongside a local group Plastic Bag Free Northland writing to supermarkets and sponsors to get money to make grocery bags that can be sold outside the supermarkets to encourage people to think about and stop using plastic bags.

It’s a real family affair now as her 6 year old brother enthusiastically joins in with her regular beach cleans; during which they also remove graffiti since adopting a Keep NZ Beautiful spot.

Jasmine’s story really touched my heart because of the impact she’s making on her peers and wider community at such a tender age. I believe this award would help nurture her passion so she gets even more encouragement to continue spreading the message to protect the planet.

Nominated by: Philippa Ross on 2 December 2016

Note: NZAEE Seaweek is not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied by the person nominating the Ocean Champion nominee.

See all the Seaweek 2017 Ocean Champion nominees here.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

t-shirt_pic

Ocean Champions

Latest News

NZAEE Seaweek 2018 ‘Ocean Champion’ Winner Announced

NZAEE Seaweek 2018 ‘Ocean Champion’ Winner Announced

  NZAEE Seaweek is delighted to announce that the NZAEE Seaweek “Ocean Champion” for 2018 is Experiencing Marine Reserves founding Director Samara Nicholas. Samara is currently in the Kermedecs with the Sir Peter Blake Trust. The New Zealand Coastal Society (NZCS) is sponsoring the initiative by donating the equivalent of $500 prize money towards the… Read More

  • Seaweek 2016 sponsors

1 week ago

Sea Week

Huge congratulations to the fantastic Professor Rochelle Constantine who has won The Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her amazing work with cetaceans. So well deserved!

Faculty of Science, University of Auckland
Congratulations to Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine from the School of Biological Sciences! She has won the inaugural Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation.
Associate Professor Constantine's work on a campaign to increase protections for whale populations within the Hauraki Gulf led to slower speeds for large vessels which has dramatically reduced the number of whales injured or killed by ship strike. She has been instrumental in leading a number of initiatives for expanded protection for humpback whales and Māui’s dolphin including revision of guidelines for international dolphin-watch tourism. She was also a strong advocate for the creation of a marine reserve at the Kermadec Islands.
Check out the video below to see some of Rochelle's marine research in action.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook