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The latest entry in our Seaweek 2019 Junior Ocean Champion Challenge is from James Daniel. James' Challenge is Eastern Beach Rubbish Hunt. He's going to take his friend Spencer, his little sister and her friend Jasmine to see how much rubbish they can pick up on Eastern Beach. Good on you James! Let us know what your Ocean Champion Challenge is and you can win some fantastic prizes including a family pass on Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, Rainbows End passes and Burnsco gift packs from the Auckland Outboard Boating Club and for seniors $500 towards your work from the New Zealand Coastal Society. Entries close 21 Dec so get yours in now! http://seaweek.org.nz/nominate-your-ocean-champion/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Fantastic entry in our Senior Ocean Champion Challenge from E Wen Wong who is a passionate environmental advocate, innovator, and founder of plastic pollution organisation, P.S. Our Beaches. Her Challenge is to deter the population from plastic litter cultures, while working to dispose of existing accumulation of plastic. She will do this by hosting EnviroPAST – Plastic And Sustainability Talks – which is all about moving forward with plastic pollution and inspiring young people to make real, positive environmental change in their own lives and the lives of others. EnviroPAST will take place on Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th of April 2019. Inspiring stuff thank you E Wen Wong for your passion! Enter your Ocean Champion Challenge today via the Seaweek website - entries close 21 December.
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Natasha Luxton

Natasha Luxton

Myself as nominator first met Tash when she applied for the job as a Nanny for my 4 year old (now 13 year old) daughter, living in a remote area of the Marlborough Sounds. Within hours of starting she was out in the dinghy, with oars only, with my daughter, looking for Dolphins. Today, almost a decade later she is a former guide for Dolphin Watch, Picton, Mum of son ‘Blue’ (no prizes for guessing what he is named after – the ocean), co-founder of Conservation Kids NZ (“Conservation + Kids = Our Future”), whose Partnerships include Department of Conservation, Lochmara Lodge Wildlife Recovery Centre, the former National Whale Centre, and Project Jonah. She is also the founder of the EnviroHub, Picton, former Marketing & Project Manager of the Lochmara Lodge Underwater Observatory, responsible for its establishment (https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/84691895/seabed-classroom-aims-to-protect-marlboroughs-marine-environment) and setup (https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/nz/88226928/marlborough-underwater-observatory-showcases-gentle-side-of-stingray) , part-time vet nurse and wife of Paul Luxton (a former kayaking guide, sail maker and diver) and a passionate volunteer of all things ocean.

This is an account of a recent visit to her home:
Tash is before us, like a real-life mermaid with her long platinum blonde hair and emanating positivity, and inspiration. We are all eating takeaways on our laps as the dining room table is taken up with brochures and activities, waiting to be packed for a Conservation Kids NZ free boat trip out to the Sounds to spot sea life (there were over 50 parents and kids on the boat the next day). The visitors (myself and 13-year-old daughter) are gathered in, happily tasked to bundle up the brochures on Conservation Kids NZ, the protocol for boating around and info on Marine Mammals in the Marlborough Sounds. All this time I am being quietly groomed to volunteer at a recent start up project of hers, the Envirohub in Picton. (see http://www.pictonresource.co.nz/envirohub-marlborough.html)
No one can say no to Tash, least of all any boat or tourism operator in Marlborough/Nelson. She is well known and extremely well-liked, with the ability to engage with the younger generation, business owners, and apply for and gain grants, funding and sponsorship that benefit her numerous ocean causes and education programs.
Out in a boat, she is never seen without either a microphone and/or the binoculars around her neck, spotting and announcing every bird, mammal or ocean scene that some of us would only give half a look but somehow it is suddenly extremely interesting! When not ‘front of house’ (Tash is usually presenting and facilitating some event, trip or activity on or about the ocean) Tash, Paul and Blue are out on the water, looking for and photographing the marine life, always fascinated, enthusiastic and careful to keep respectable distances.
Tash is a true ocean champion, iwth her mantra “Conservation + Kids = Our Future”. Her achievements, energy and passion are an inspiration to us all.

Nominated by: Leanne Schmidt on 28 January 2018

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

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The latest entry in our Seaweek 2019 Junior Ocean Champion Challenge is from James Daniel. James' Challenge is Eastern Beach Rubbish Hunt. He's going to take his friend Spencer, his little sister and her friend Jasmine to see how much rubbish they can pick up on Eastern Beach. Good on you James! Let us know what your Ocean Champion Challenge is and you can win some fantastic prizes including a family pass on Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, Rainbows End passes and Burnsco gift packs from the Auckland Outboard Boating Club and for seniors $500 towards your work from the New Zealand Coastal Society. Entries close 21 Dec so get yours in now! http://seaweek.org.nz/nominate-your-ocean-champion/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Fantastic entry in our Senior Ocean Champion Challenge from E Wen Wong who is a passionate environmental advocate, innovator, and founder of plastic pollution organisation, P.S. Our Beaches. Her Challenge is to deter the population from plastic litter cultures, while working to dispose of existing accumulation of plastic. She will do this by hosting EnviroPAST – Plastic And Sustainability Talks – which is all about moving forward with plastic pollution and inspiring young people to make real, positive environmental change in their own lives and the lives of others. EnviroPAST will take place on Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th of April 2019. Inspiring stuff thank you E Wen Wong for your passion! Enter your Ocean Champion Challenge today via the Seaweek website - entries close 21 December.
http://seaweek.org.nz/e-wen-wong/
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