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It's not too late to enter the Seaweek 2019 Ocean Champion Challenge! We've extended the closing date until the end of January. So hop onto the Seaweek website and let us know what action you can take to protect our oceans. You could win $500 towards your work from the New Zealand Coastal Society or juniors could win a family pass for a cruise with Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari or passes for Rainbows End and Burnsco Child Gift Packs containing a beach tennis set, an aqua water soaker, a Burnsco mask snorkel and a surf bounce ball from the Auckland Outboard Boating Club. It's easy to enter so do it now! https://seaweek.org.nz/nominate-your-ocean-champion/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Another fantastic entry in our Senior Ocean Champion competition from Happy Steps in Dargaville.
Senior Ocean Champion Challenge Name: Happy Steps into the future

What is the problem your Ocean Challenge is trying to solve? Caring for tangaroa kaitiakitanga

How will your Ocean Challenge solve this problem? Be specific – identify objectives, actions and outcomes: We are wanting children to experience an environment where they will develop working theories and make sense of their natural world. To take care of tangaroa and everything it has to offer. Extending children’s interest and knowledge around sustaining our kai Mōana and what it takes to look after it to become a kaitiakitanga of the sea. We will be undergoing Seaweek with lots of knowledgeable fun exciting activities and information for our tamariki and any whanau who wishes to join us.

How will you engage with others to undertake your Ocean Challenge? We will be sending out a news letter to parents and whanau inviting them to join our Seaweek extravaganza. We are hoping for visits from our local community organisations to join us and explain to us the importance of their jobs (DOC and MPI) we are also trying to get hold of our local Coast Guard to teach us the importance of water safety.

How will you measure the success of your Ocean Challenge? The engagement of the tamariki, Photos, learning stories and whanau contributions.

Tell us about your Ocean Champion Challenge and you can win fantastic prizes from New Zealand Coastal Society, Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari and Auckland Outboard Boating Club. Enter now: https://seaweek.org.nz/nominate-your-ocean-champion/
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AUCKLAND

FN-Logo-Full-Colour-CMYK_0There will be lots of Seaweek 2019 events happening in Auckland and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Auckland Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Mels Barton – email: mels@subliminal.co.nz, phone 021 213 7779

 

If you attend a Seaweek 2019 event you can win a copy of The Collins Field Guide to the NZ Seashore by completing one of our online Event Reports to tell us what you enjoyed about the event.

 

Auckland Seaweek 2019 Events:

 

KINZ clean-up Maraetai Beach

Sunday 3 March 2019, 10.30am. Meet at wharf area.

Come along and help KINZ clean up Maraetai Beach again this year.

Please bring 2 buckets for doing your rubbish collection & some drinking water. Dress appropriately (sunhat, sunscreen and comfy shoes).

KINZ will supply gloves and big rubbish bags.

Bring your togs and picnic if you want to stay behind for a splash.

 

Motuihe Snorkel Day

Saturday 2 February 2019, 7am – 4.30pm at Motuihe Island, Hauraki Gulf

Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the annual Motuihe Snorkel Day. Snorkel and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket!

Ever wondered what lives under the water at Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf? Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for a snorkel with our experienced guides and get FREE mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit hire. Ferry tickets are $25 each + a booking fee. Safe fun for the whole whanau!

Booking is essential. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/motuihe-snorkel-day-registration-54894422696?fbclid=IwAR24JIpapvFHV2CQGtQJuvw5_NUsF8RxMQeJjX1WryNYzkQhDimrOtzCCPw

See baby parore, spotties and triplefins.

When: Saturday 2nd of February
Ferry leaves from Auckland CBD ferry building at 7:15am
You need to arrive at the ferry building by 7:00am at the latest.

What: Snorkelling at Calypso Bay (weather dependent), walks around the pest free island and a picnic lunch on the beach!
Where: Motuihe, ferry is arriving at the wharf and leaving from the Auckland viaduct.
Parking: Limited in Auckland CBD – I would recommend catching public transport.

What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes, raincoat, water bottles, walking shoes, a picnic lunch.

Please note that there will be up to a ~45min walk to get from the wharf to the snorkel site. Reasonable level of fitness required. Suitable for children aged 5 and above.

This event was sponsored by The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is run with the assistance of DOC.

Please note that the ferry ticket is non-refundable – and the trip will run rain or shine! Our snorkel location will be Calypso or Snapper Bays – Dependent on the weather. If you are late and miss the ferry unfortunately there are no refunds.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx_2.pdf

 

Westhaven Marina Day

The Westhaven Marina Day is a fun, family friendly day out at the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest marina. More details TBC.

Sunday 10 March 2019.

Free entry.

 

Motutapu Snorkel Day

Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the annual Motutapu Snorkel Day. Snorkel and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket!

Registrations are essential. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/motutapu-snorkel-day-registration-53932731251?fbclid=IwAR2ZfeLTneLaM8V9BfSG-Oxg4zJFwmH-KTaUNr8kq-2cMeTbuEDbbWONIJc

Ever wondered what lives under the water at Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf? Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for a snorkel with our experienced guides and get FREE mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit hire. Ferry tickets are $25 each + a booking fee. Safe fun for the whole whanau!

See baby parore, spotties, eagle rays, triplefins and snapper.

When: Saturday 19th of January
Ferry leaves from Auckland CBD ferry building at 7:15am
You need to arrive at the ferry building by 7:00am at the latest.

What: Snorkelling at Administration Bay, walks around the new planting, exploring the WWII gun emplacements and a picnic lunch on the beach!
Where: Motutapu Island, ferry is arriving at Home Bay and leaving from the Auckland viaduct.
Parking: Limited in Auckland CBD – I would recommend catching public transport.

What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes, raincoat, water bottles, walking shoes, a picnic lunch and a torch if you want to explore the tunnels.

Please note that there will be a ~45min walk to get from the ferry at Home Bay to the snorkel site. Reasonable level of fitness required. Suitable for children aged 5 and above.

This event was sponsored by The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is run in conjunction with the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp (Official). It is a Seaweek Event.

Please note that the ferry ticket is non-refundable – and the trip will run rain or shine! Our snorkel location will be Administration Bay or Home Bay – Dependent on the weather. If you are late and miss the ferry unfortunately there are no refunds.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

Te Maketu Paddle

Celebrate the Te Matuku marine reserve on Waiheke Island with Experiencing Marine Reserves and SUP Waiheke. With funding from the The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation and Waiheke Local Board we are running the second guided paddleboard in Te Matuku Marine Reserve. 8 free paddle board hires in each timeslot and 4 BYO. Fun for the whole whanau. Registrations essential. Minimum age is 10.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/te-matuku-paddle-registration-53929987043?aff=efbevent&fbclid=IwAR3rJ7tn114fXlpbSvMk1iMFu7KWPun3w9lgovc0rcAF5Oen-U3yIj3sIgU

Donate to participate – either a koha of money or time volunteering. This is a Seaweek event.

When: Session 1 – 11:30am, Session 2 – 1pm –
please arrive 20 mins prior to your start time.
Sunday 13th of January 2019
Where: Te Matuku Reserve Stockyards, Orapiu Rd, Waiheke.
NB: There is no public transport to this site – you will need to drive or carpool.

This event is SmokeFree.
If you are no longer able to make the event you need to give at least 48 hours notice – otherwise an invoice may be issued.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

Waiheke Snorkel Day

Explore the waters of Enclosure Bay by snorkel. Find spotties, parore, goatfish and the occasional snapper. Fun for the whole whanau.

This event is funded by the Waiheke Local Board and The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is part of Seaweek.

When: 11am – 4pm (arrive and register any time between 11am and 3:30pm)
Saturday 12th of January – Back up Saturday the 30th of March 2019
Where: Enclosure Bay, Waiheke
Cost: Koha – either by cash on the day, donate online or your time. Most people donate $5-10 per person.

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

Beachcare Awhitu Coastal Walk

Beachcare Awhitu are once again celebrating Seaweek by holding a COASTAL WALK along five of our beautiful Harbour beaches on Sunday 17th March (St Patrick’s Day) so we will have a Green theme with:

  • A short talk on the Shorebirds you may see on the Manukau Harbour;
  • The distribution of bags for collecting tideline rubbish;
  • At the walks end a Display of Pest Control with Landcare pest officers and a display of our homegrown native sand-binding and dune plants.

Entry: Gold coin donation to Beachcare.

Meet: 11am at Wattle Bay Reserve, Dodds Road, Awhitu Peninsula, Franklin.
Walk-5 bays from Wattle to Grahams Beach, via Orua, Big Bay, Hudson’s Beach.
Suitable for all walkers and families – average time 2 hours.

Need: Good non-slip shoes – mostly sand but some rocky/muddy headlands to negotiate; suitable clothing for weather conditions, water bottle, sun screen, hat.

Refreshments, including local artisan foods, available to purchase at the walks end at Hudson’s Beach. Shuttle bus will be at Hudsons 1.30pm onwards to take drivers back to Wattle Bay.

Dogs permitted on lead only (shorebirds).

Contact: Anna McNaughton email: kohekohestud@xtra.co.nz

 

Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari Fundraising Trip

Photo: Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

 

Saturday 8 December 2018, 8am – 12.30pm

Meet at: Viaduct Harbour – New Zealand Maritime Museum

How to book: email Emma.Ferguson@kellytarltons.co.nz

Would you like half-price tickets for Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari??? Well keep reading!

The SEA LIFE Trust is conducting fundraising with the support of Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari. We will be running a trip on the 8th of December with tickets for only $90! That’s a discount on all tickets – half price for adults!

All proceeds will be going towards SEA LIFE Trust initiatives – with the main goal of subsidising the cost of our new conservation education program – Ocean Youth. It is our dream to make this year-long program accessible and affordable for all! To learn more about this program follow the link below:
http://www.oceanyouth.org/

 

Auckland Green Drinks

NZAEE are joining forces with Kelly Tarlton’s to host the next Green Drinks on Tuesday 27 November.  We will be having a belated celebration of World Fisheries Day with a ‘Protecting our Oceans’ themed event.

Come along to hear about the amazing work of The Sea Life Trust (www.sealifetrust.org), LegaSea (www.legasea.co.nz) and other marine advocates. There will also be lots of time for networking and exploring Kelly Tarlton’s.

Drinks and nibbles will be supplied by us (NZAEE).

WhereKelly Tarlton’s, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei

When: 5-7pm, Tuesday 27 November 

Bring: Your own name badge

RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking the link below

http://www.boltmail.co.nz/nzaee/green-drinks-rsvp.html

Sustainable Transport Options: .
Check out your sustainable transport options at www.at.co.nz.

Keep up to date with our Green Drinks events by liking our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nzaee-Auckland-Branch/399633906761550

Upcoming Green Drinks….if you can’t make this event, don’t fret, there are more Green Drinks planned. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month for ‘low-fi’ Green Drinks, and plan Green Drinks events with other partners and companies throughout the year.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch via our website if you are interested in hosting an event.

See www.greendrinks.org for more information

Hope to see you there.

 

 

Whangateau Snorkel Day

Explore the mangroves of the of Whangateau Harbour with an experienced snorkel guide; you never know what you might spot? Discover crabs, triplefins, parore and yellow eyed mullet. Fun for the whole whanau. Register at the event on the day and express your interest via EventBrite. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements on website, Facebook page and via email.

When: 1.30pm – 5pm
Sunday 2nd of December
Where: Whangateau Harbour, 511 Leigh Rd, Whangateau. On sports field next to Whangateau holiday park.

Presented by Experiencing Marine Reserves, supported by The Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation.

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

Torbay Snorkel Day

Explore the waters of Torbay by snorkel with Experiencing Marine Reserves. Find spotties, parore, goatfish and the occasional snapper. Learn how to weave harakeke – flax. Fun for the whole whanau.

This event is funded by the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is part of Seaweek.

When: 11am – 4pm (arrive and register any time between 11am and 3:30pm)
Sunday 16th of December – Back up Saturday the 9th of February 2019
Where: Bottom of Rock Isle Rd, Torbay, Auckland. Parking is along the surrounding streets.

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

 

Shakespear Snorkel Day

Explore the waters of the Hauraki Gulf at Shakespear Regional Park with an experienced snorkel guide; you never know what you might spot? Discover pipefish, triplefins or nudibranchs. Fun for the whole whanau. Express your interest here or register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements via email, on website and facebook page.

This event is funded by the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is part of Seaweek and run by Experiencing Marine Reserves

When: 10am – 3pm (arrive and register any time between 10am and 2:30pm)
Saturday 1st of December – Back up Saturday the 8th
Where: Either at Te Haruhi Bay or Army Bay – Weather permitting. Follow the EMR signs.

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

 

Okura Kaitiaki Day

What: Okura Kaitiaki Day
Date: Saturday the 15th of December from 11.30am-4:30pm
Location: Deborah Reserve – Okura, North Shore – Please do not go to Long Bay Regional Park.

Activities: Celebrate the Okura marine reserve with Experiencing Marine Reserves. With funding from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation we are running our first Kaitiaki Day out of Deborah Reserve, Okura. Join us for a day of guided kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and weaving workshops led by Ngati Manuhiri. Fun for the whole whanau. Koha – donations appreciated to participate.

Registrations are essential for the kayaking and the paddleboarding. Minimum age for the on-water activities is 10. No minimum age for the weaving workshop.
If you are no longer able to make the event you need to give at least 48 hours notice – otherwise an invoice may be issued.

Information sheet: https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/Okura_Kaitaki_Info_Sheet_2018.pdf

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

Preparing for Seaweek 2019 Workshops

 

Educators and anyone interested in organising an event or activity for Seaweek 2019 is encouraged to attend one of two free preparation workshops:

Weds 14 Nov from 3.30pm at Auckland Council’s Service Centre, The Strand, Takapuna, North Shore.

Thurs 15 Nov from 3.30pm at Ormiston Junior College, 285 Ormiston Rd, Flat Bush, Manukau.

Refreshments provided.
Find out all about the resources and help available to enable you to engage your school or group in activities to celebrate Seaweek, New Zealand’s annual week about the sea.
Bookings are essential before 9 Nov by completing the registration form here: https://tinyurl.com/ycxuoso5

 

Manukau Harbour Clean-up

Have fun and clean up your beach during Seaweek 2 – 10 March 2019.
Seaweek and Manukau Harbour Restoration Society are again coordinating a Manukau harbour-wide beach clean up during Seaweek. Sea Cleaners will use their boat to access tough-to-get-to places, and Sustainable Coastlines will provide supplies. Organize a group and tackle your local foreshore. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and do good for the harbour.  Please register your group here https://tinyurl.com/yd7ncjpo so we can get you supplies and pick up your bags of rubbish afterwards.

 

Tāwharanui Snorkel Day – CANCELLED

Experiencing Marine Reserves are excited to announce our first snorkel day at Tāwharanui Marine Reserve using the vessel Norma Jean.
This snorkel day will be celebrating Seaweek. Please ensure you read the information prior to purchasing tickets.
Minimum age of 8 for the boat trip. Minimum age of 5 for the shore based snorkelling.

When: Sunday 25 of November (postponed from 4 Nov) – CANCELLED

Session times – If you wish to snorkel at both sites you will need to register for both – just not at the same time!

9:30am
– Boat trip into the marine reserve with a guided snorkel tour – $40pp
– Guided snorkel at Jones Bay Reef – free

12:30pm
– Boat trip into the marine reserve with a guided snorkel tour – $40pp
– Guided snorkel at Jones Bay Reef – free

Please arrive 10mins prior to your start time.
All snorkel equipment included.

What: Join EMR and Norma Jean Charters for a guided snorkel and tour in the Tawharanui Marine Reserve – spot the difference between the non protected site at Jones Bay.

Where: Leaving from Jones Bay, Tawharanui Peninsula

Parking: Parking is available at the access gate into the Tawharanui Regional Park – Please note – NO DOGS ALLOWED.

What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes and lunch. If you have your own snorkel gear you are welcome to bring it along as long as it is fit for purpose (no full face masks). Medication if you suffer seasickness (best to take first thing in the morning).

Cost: EMR is providing the snorkeling for free and Norma Jean Charters is giving us a great deal to get into the marine reserve. Participation by koha/donation – you can donate when you purchase tickets – or in cash on the day.  $40pp for the Tāwharanui boat trip.

 

Free Professional Development Opportunity for Primary Teachers with Steve Hathaway from Young Ocean Explorers

 

Let Steve Hathaway, underwater cameraman for BBC’s Blue Planet 2 and creator of Young Ocean Explorers introduce you to the unique underwater world of New Zealand. Steve’s compelling footage and stories are all centred around their Young Ocean Explorers website from which you can confidently teach ecology, the environment living world, habitats and endangered species. The Young Ocean Explorers website covers topics that link to the curriculum for science, social sciences, english, health and physical education and the arts. Steve will introduce you to these curriculum links and the assignments that you can use and create for your class. Come along to the evening and you will leave with an assignment created for your class ready to go.

Register as a teacher on the Young Ocean Explorers website in advance so you’re ready to go on the night.

Bookings are essential. To book contact Erin erin@youngoceanexplorers.com

This event is in partnership with SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland, Department of Conservation, Wright Family Foundation and GIFT.

Wednesday 19 September 2018, 4-6pm at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s, 23 Tamaki Drive, Auckland.

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The New Zealand Association for Environmental Education has extended the closing date for entries in its annual, national Seaweek “Ocean Champions” competition to Thursday 31 January 2019. This year’s Ocean Challenge requires entrants to undertake a specific action to help solve a problem in the marine environment. There are two award categories – Junior (under… Read More

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It's not too late to enter the Seaweek 2019 Ocean Champion Challenge! We've extended the closing date until the end of January. So hop onto the Seaweek website and let us know what action you can take to protect our oceans. You could win $500 towards your work from the New Zealand Coastal Society or juniors could win a family pass for a cruise with Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari or passes for Rainbows End and Burnsco Child Gift Packs containing a beach tennis set, an aqua water soaker, a Burnsco mask snorkel and a surf bounce ball from the Auckland Outboard Boating Club. It's easy to enter so do it now! https://seaweek.org.nz/nominate-your-ocean-champion/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Another fantastic entry in our Senior Ocean Champion competition from Happy Steps in Dargaville.
Senior Ocean Champion Challenge Name: Happy Steps into the future

What is the problem your Ocean Challenge is trying to solve? Caring for tangaroa kaitiakitanga

How will your Ocean Challenge solve this problem? Be specific – identify objectives, actions and outcomes: We are wanting children to experience an environment where they will develop working theories and make sense of their natural world. To take care of tangaroa and everything it has to offer. Extending children’s interest and knowledge around sustaining our kai Mōana and what it takes to look after it to become a kaitiakitanga of the sea. We will be undergoing Seaweek with lots of knowledgeable fun exciting activities and information for our tamariki and any whanau who wishes to join us.

How will you engage with others to undertake your Ocean Challenge? We will be sending out a news letter to parents and whanau inviting them to join our Seaweek extravaganza. We are hoping for visits from our local community organisations to join us and explain to us the importance of their jobs (DOC and MPI) we are also trying to get hold of our local Coast Guard to teach us the importance of water safety.

How will you measure the success of your Ocean Challenge? The engagement of the tamariki, Photos, learning stories and whanau contributions.

Tell us about your Ocean Champion Challenge and you can win fantastic prizes from New Zealand Coastal Society, Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari and Auckland Outboard Boating Club. Enter now: https://seaweek.org.nz/nominate-your-ocean-champion/
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