ecan-logoThere will be lots of Seaweek 2019 events happening in Christchurch/Canterbury and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Christchurch/Canterbury Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Jocelyn Papprill – email:, phone: 027 703 0772



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.


Christchurch / Canterbury Seaweek 2019 Events:


Christchurch Beach & Coastal Clean Up

Saturday 2 March 2019, 10.30am – 1pm at Sumner Beach

Come along with friends and family, and get involved in the first Our Seas Our Future X Flo & Frankie Beach Clean Up event!

In celebration of Seaweek, we have some amazing eco friendly and yummy spot prizes to be won by lucky volunteers on the day! We recommend bringing your own gloves/rubbish collecting bags if possible, however both will be provided for those without. Remember to wear closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather, we’re hoping for a beautiful day 🌞

The white OSOF flag will be located outside Beach Bar Sumner (meeting point)

We will meet from 10:30am onwards.
Bring collected rubbish back to the meeting point by 1:00pm at the latest for sorting and removal!

We look forward to meeting you all then 🐟🦀🐙🐳

*thanks so much to Auguste The Label for the beautiful beach picture

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South Brighton Estuary Edge Clean Up

Saturday 9 March 2019, 1.30 – 4pm at South Brighton Community Centre, 74 Beatty St, South New Brighton, Christchurch 8062.

South Brighton Estuary Edge Clean Up. Everyone welcome!
Brought to you by Conservation Volunteers NZ. Supported by Avon-Heathcote Ihutai Estuary Trust and Environment Canterbury.
Meet at the South Brighton Community Centre on Beatty Street to be provided with gloves, bags and location. Everyone will be given a health & safety briefing before heading out.
Bring your collected rubbish back to base & enjoy a tasty BBQ by way of thank you.
Please register beforehand so we have some idea how many to cater for.

Free event. BBQ and dump fees funded by Environment Canterbury

Contact: Hamish Fairburn, email: Ph: (02) 139-9040

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Estuary Fest

Saturday 23 February 2019, 1 – 5pm at McCormacks Bay Reserve, 3 McCormacks Bay Rd, Mt Pleasant. Off the causeway to Redcliffs.

Bring the whole family for a fun afternoon celebrating our Estuary.
Rides and Giant Games for the whole family! In 2019 we welcome back the Ferris Wheel.
Celebrate our wonderful estuary and learn about the creatures that call it home.
Live Music all afternoon featuring Amiria Grenell.
Great food available all afternoon!

Free admission, though some rides cost & you’ll need money to buy yummy food.

Contact: Jocelyn M: 027 7030 772

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Seaweek Pub Quiz

Thursday 7 March 2019, 7 – 9.30pm at Twisted Hop Pub, 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch.

An evening of fishy fun for all the swashbuckers out there! Make up a team & test your maritime knowledge at this annual NZAEE branch fund raiser for Seaweek 2019.

Entry fee per person $10 – pay on the night but please register your team by contacting Jocelyn M: 027 7030 772



Poetry Workshops for Y7-10

Friday 1 March 2019, 9.15am – 2.45pm at Kaiapoi Library, 176 Williams St.

Friday 8 March, 9.15am – 2.45pm at Mt Pleasant Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Rd.

Poetry workshops for Years 7-10 tutored by Gail Ingram. This workshop will have a Seaweek theme. Places are limited so book asap. $30.

Two times + Venues:
Friday 1st March: Kaiapoi Library
Friday 8th March: Mt Pleasant Centre

To book click here



Wetland Detective Exploration Walk

Sunday 10 March 2019, 12 noon to 2pm at Charlesworth Reserve. Meet at Charlesworth Wetland Reserve carpark, Charlesworth Street, Brookhaven, Ferrymead.

Wetland Detective activity for the whole family
Walk the 40-minute Detective trail in the restored wetland. Follow a map to discover interesting facts about the wetland.
Register to be in to receive a prize for completing the walk.

Free event

Contact: Tanya Jenkins, email: Ph: (027) 224-5627

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Twilight Beach Walk

Monday 4 March 2019, 6.30 – 9.15pm at Southshore Spit Reserve. End of Southshore Spit. Walk ends: Chapel of the Waves, Collingwood Street, New Brighton.

Twilight beach walk & talk on marine mammals of Pegasus Bay
Approximate length of walk: 90 minutes followed by a guest speaker (tbc) on Marine Mammals of Pegasus Bay.

Organised by the River of Life Project.
[Note: will run Tues evening if wet Monday]

Please wear comfortable shoes.

Gold coin donation to cover costs of venue hire.

Contact: Mark Gibson, email: Ph: (022) 322-8645



Poetry and Peril on Banks Peninsula’s Wild Coastline

Saturday 2 March 2019, 5 – 7pm at The Gaiety Theatre, Rue Jolie, Akaroa

A multi-media presentation that brings to life 175 years of shipwrecks around Akaroa’s rocky coast, seasoned with Denis Glover’s nautical poetry.
Presented by senior students from Akaroa Area School

Spot prizes on the night.

Gold coin entry

Contact: Jane Scribner, email: Ph: (021) 089-0535

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Seaweek Exclusive Cruise Offer


2-10 March 2019

Seaweek exclusive Cruise offer – Akaroa Dolphins
Offer: Receive 25% off an Akaroa Dolphins- Harbour Nature Cruise every day during Seaweek- on the 3.15pm sailing tour when booking directly by phone of in store quoting Seaweek19.
Bookings essential – subject to availability.
Contact Akaroa Dolphins. Email: Ph: (03) 304-7866



Auckland Islands in the Sub-Antarctic Group – three perspectives

Saturday 9 March 2019, 5pm at Akaroa Boat Shed. The Boatshed, 81 Beach Rd. [Waterfront near Akaroa’s Main Wharf].

Auckland Islands in the Sub-Antarctic Group – three perspectives:
• John Rogers, historian: The Auckland Islands – the human history of a remote wilderness.
• David Johnston, PhD candidate, Uni of Otago Marine Science Dept.: Sentinels of the Southern Ocean – southern right whales as indicators of oceanic productivity
• Shona Riddell, author: Islands of Despair– The Dramatic History of the Auckland Islands. Her book will be available for purchase: $40

Gold coin donation

Contact: Jane Scribner, email: Ph: (021) 089-0535

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Sea Week Special: Defend, Conserve, Protect with SeaShepherd NZ

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 7 – 8.30pm at Canterbury Workers Educational Association (WEA), 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch.

Come along to this public talk to celebrate SeaWeek!
Sea Shepherd New Zealand is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Learn about the issues we face in NZ waters and the campaigns Sea Shepherd are running including: Operation Pahu to protect our precious Hector’s Dolphin and the Marine Debris Campaign. Find out how you can be part of this powerful if sometimes piratical force for good.

Entrance: Gold Coin koha

Contact: Lottie Vinson, email: Ph: (021) 120-1654

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What’s in a teaspoonful of seawater?

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 5.30 – 7pm at Spark Place, ground floor – Tūranga, 60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011.

The library venue at Tūranga is a 10 minute walk from the bus exchange.

An evening’s talk by Dr Paul Broady – What’s in a teaspoonful of seawater?
There can’t be much can there? But we’re talking about extremely small microbes and some very large numbers are involved. Life in the ocean is dominated by microbes so even in a very small volume there are many different types. The total number of individuals easily surpasses the human population of Christchurch! Also, different microbes perform different functions in the complex ecological webs of interaction that are active at this tiny scale.

Paul’s talk was popular last year – come and learn more about our fascinating marine environment.

Free but koha welcome to allay cost of venue hire.

Contact: Jocelyn Papprill, email: Ph: (027) 703-0772




Farewell to the Godwits

Wednesday 20 February 2019, 6 – 8pm at Southshore Spit Reserve

6pm: Meet at Southshore Spit Reserve at the end of Rockinghorse Road. Enjoy a free sausage sizzle, music and information stalls.
6:30pm: Council Park Ranger and bird expert Andrew Crossland will tell us about the incredible journey these little birds make between our Estuary and Alaska, followed with a short guided walk to view the birds up close.

Free event.

Contact: Tanya Jenkins, email: Ph: (027) 224-5627

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Children’s Art Workshop

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 3.30 – 5.30pm at Mt Pleasant Centre, 3 McCormack’s Bay Rd, Christchurch.

Children’s Art Workshop with local artist, Robyn Webster. target age: 8-13 years of age.
Cost: $20 payable on the day to cover materials. Limited spaces; book early.

Wear clothing you don’t mind getting paint or inks on.

Contact: Jocelyn Papprill, email: Ph: (027) 703-0772



Marine Metre Squared

Why not grab a Marine Metre Squared kit and go out to discover what lives on your local shore?

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