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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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NZAEE Seaweek takes prestigious Australasian award

NZAEE Seaweek takes prestigious Australasian award

NZAEE’s flagship marine event, Seaweek, was recently recognised in the prestigious IAP2 (International Association for Public Participation) Core Values Awards.

NZAEE Seaweek received the Highly Commended award in the environment category of the 2017 Australasian awards, entered by IAP2 ambassador and NZAEE life member, Sioux Campbell (above).

Currently living in Cairns, Sioux was a Seaweek founder and its national coordinator for several years.  She wrote and implemented the NZAEE strategic plan, the principles of which she says set the standards for the award.

“IAP2 is a strongly values-based organisation where the rights of people to have a say in decisions which affect them are paramount.  Its core values include seeking public input to designing engagement, defining engagement methods and levels of influence and promoting sustainable decisions by recognising and communicating the needs of everyone involved.  The way Seaweek is run embraces these values.”

Annual, three yearly and five yearly evaluations of Seaweek demonstrate its outstanding success in meeting engagement objectives clearly aligned with biodiversity objectives.

“Thousands of people around Aotearoa are now actively involved in not only Seaweek but ongoing activities for our ocean. Seaweek is a focus and a catalyst in a much wider context,”  Sioux says.  “In terms of the IAP2 values, its ongoing development is very much driven by what we see, hear and learn from Seaweek participants.  The judges test the veracity of these claims by seeking third party feedback, so it’s important we continue to collaborate with and empower our communities.”

Heartfelt thanks and acknowledgement to the ongoing work of the Seaweek team – Dr Mels Barton, Sally Carson and Pam Crisp, our regional coordinators, sponsors and supporters and everyone engaged in NZAEE Seaweek.  Kia kaha, tangata moana!

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Wild for Taranaki will be joining NZAEE Seaweek as a national supporter for 2018 by providing a Regional Coordinator for Taranaki. Wild for Taranaki is a membership based organisation made up of iwi, government agencies, research institutions and many community groups working to restore Taranaki biodiversity governed by the Taranaki Biodiversity Trust Board. Its major project Restore Taranaki is a community driven, collaborative project that seeks to protect and enhance native biodiversity in a range of ecosystems, linking existing projects, and connecting with local people and communities across the entire region.

Seaweek National Coordinator Dr Mels Barton says “We are delighted to welcome Wild for Taranaki to our family of national supporters. Their well established role coordinating and supporting restoration and environmental groups by building partnerships, encouraging learning, sharing and collaboration in Taranaki makes them a perfect fit with Seaweek”.

The theme for this year’s Seaweek, which runs from Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018, is “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata, Healthy Seas – Healthy People”. This year’s theme highlights the enormous contribution our beaches, seas and coasts make to our health and wellbeing, and practical steps we can take to keep our coastline and seas healthy for all.

 

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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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