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Sea Week

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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Sea Week

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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NORTHLAND

FN-Logo-Full-Colour-CMYK_0There will be lots of Seaweek 2019 events happening in Northland and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Northland Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Shirley Peterson from KiwiNorth – email: ShirleyP@kiwinorth.co.nz Ph 09 438 9630 Ext 2

 

 

 

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.

 

Northland Seaweek 2019 Events:

 

Mountains to Sea Wānanga 2019

Friday 26 – Sunday 28 April 2019

Registration is essential. Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/WlzuAA4oTAXC0Fe23

“He Wai Rangitira”
Defines or denotes the underlying ancestral, spiritual, strategic and economic significance of the water to us as a people and/or as a partnership with papatuanuku. We will explore these values and find ways to form stronger partnerships and collaborations for common goals and aspirations.

Purpose:
An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested
in freshwater and marine conservation.

Objectives:
• provide a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for
sustainability initiatives and projects around science communication
• provide opportunities for our volunteers to develop
• provide professional development opportunities
• provide a forum to discuss the effectiveness of existing and potential partnerships that foster
action for marine and freshwater conservation
• ensure strong delivery of the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection
(WBC) concepts around New Zealand
• raise the profile and value of He Wai Rangatira for conservation and education
• empower community to make changes for the benefit of the marine and freshwater environment
• benefit the Kaitaia community

Wānanga registration will include:
• powhiri at 11am on Friday 26th April
• marine & freshwater keynote presentations from Fred Lichtwark (Whaingaroa Harbour Care) and
Tom Trnski (Auckland Museum)
• inspirational presentations from five iwi representatives on current enviro programmes
• fresh wholesome meals and marae accommodation over the 3 day conference – wānanga
• idyllic scenery of the Far North
• marine and freshwater field trips including local conservation initiatives and attractions
• an opportunity to share your own project during ‘show n tell’, displays & facilitated workshops
• inclusion of local residents, tangata whenua & conservation groups throughout the programme
• Invite extended to wider community to attend keynote presentations for gold coin koha
• an additional 1.5 days of specialist training workshops for Experiencing Marine Reserves & Whitebait Connection coordinators after the wānanga (Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th April)
Previous wānanga video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1eprXd-GyM

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/WlzuAA4oTAXC0Fe23

 

Matai Bay Snorkel Day

Thursday 17 January 2019, 10am – 4pm at Matai Bay Campsite, Karikari Peninsula, Kaimaumau, Far North.

Looking for something fun you can do with the entire family? Our free community guided snorkel days are a great family activity. Held at Maitai Bay, learn about the new no take Rahui. All the equipment and an experienced guide is provided, you might spot triplefins spotties or nudibranchs! We are always seeing something new and interesting. Register at the event on the day.

You can bring your own gear or use ours! All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures are in place on the day.
The event is free but we certainly accept koha.

Sea conditions permitting. Postponements posted on www.emr.org.nz and www.facebook.com/emr.mtsct

For more info email info@emr.org.nz

 

Reotahi Snorkel Days

Saturday 12 January 2019, 10am – 3pm
Sunday 10 February 2019, 12pm noon – 3pm
Sunday 24 February 2019, 12pm noon – 3pm
Sunday 10 March 2019, 12pm noon – 3pm (30 March back-up)

Looking for something fun you can do with the entire family? Our free community guided snorkel days are a great family activity.

Held at Reotahi Bay (end of Beach Rd, Onerahi, Whangarei Heads). All the equipment and an experienced guide is provided, you might spot pipefish, triplefins, spotties or nudibranchs! We are always seeing something new and interesting. Register at the event on the day.

You can bring your own gear or use ours! All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures are in place on the day.

Dates are 12th January, 10th Feb, 24th Feb, 10th March and 30th March (back up). We are also hosting free Community Guided Kayak Days 23rd Feb and 24th March (these ones require pre-registration) and a Pataua Drift Snorkel experience on March 18th. The events are free but we certainly accept koha.

Sea conditions permitting. Postponements posted on www.emr.org.nz and www.facebook.com/emr.mtsct

For more info email info@emr.org.nz

 

Kai Iwi Lakes Open Day

Saturday 26 January 2019, 10.30am – 3.30pm at Kai Iwi Lakes and Campground, 296 Domain Road, Northland.

A family fun day that you can either enjoy on, at or in the water!

Explore the life underwater in the crystal clear lakes by going on a guided snorkel! Practice your paddling skills with the Waka Ama team! Or simply hang out and enjoy the many activities and displays on offer on land – there’s something for everyone at the Kai Iwi Lakes Open Day 2019.

Thanks to Kaipara District Council and the support of many local businesses and organisations, the Open Day also gives you an insight into the rare biodiversity found in dune lakes – they are a truly special place!

The Kai Iwi Lakes Open Day is held on Auckland/Northland Anniversary weekend – make a day of it or book a campsite at Kai Iwi Lakes campground.

Activities include:
– Day Time Snorkeling
– Night Time Snorkeling (registrations essential, details will be posted asap once registrations are open)
– Waka Ama
– Water Safety Displays
– Biodiversity Displays
– Colouring Comp and Games
– Food and Drink for Purchase
-Prizes

Hosted by Whitebait Connection – Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust.

 

Kai Iwi Night Snorkel

Explore Lake Waikere by night – see tuna/eels, koura and bullies. Registrations essential. This event is funded by Foundation North. It is part of Seaweek.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/kai-iwi-night-snorkel-registration-53935449381?fbclid=IwAR3sfXbDOZp2CSIZmc_9lt3QLciFfj5wh7UfKYypvcXmU1JOAPSxVjwjVOs

When:
Saturday 26th of January 2019 – Auckland/Northland Anniversary Weekend
Twilight snorkel from 8:00-8:45pm
Night snorkel from 8:45-9:30pmWhere: Lake Waikere, Kai Iwi Lakes Dargaville

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 12 years and up. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

As this event requires registration – if you give less than 48 hours notice or do not show up an invoice of $20pp will be issued.

Information Sheet: https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/Kai_Iwi_Night_Information_Pack_2019.pdf

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

 

Tapeka Point Snorkel Day

Looking for something fun you can do with the entire family? Our free community guided snorkel days are a great family activity.All the equipment and an experienced guide is provided, you might spot pipefish, triplefins, spotties or nudibranchs! We are always seeing something new and interesting. Register at the event on the day.

Saturday 19 January 2019, 10am – 3pm at Tapeka Point, Russell, Bay of Islands.

You can bring your own gear or use ours! All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures are in place on the day.
The events are free but we certainly except koha.

Sea conditions permitting. Postponements posted on www.emr.org.nz and www.facebook.com/emr.mtsct

For more info email info@emr.org.nz

 

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

Tuesday 18 September 2018, 5.30-7.30pm at Northland Regional Council, 36 Water Street, Whangarei

This event is in partnership with Northland Regional Council, Wright Family Foundation and GIFT.

 

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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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5 days ago

Sea Week

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/
... See MoreSee Less

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