GW Landscape Logo - FullcolThere are lots of Seaweek 2019 events happening in Wellington, we’ll be adding details of new events as we receive them. If you’d like to organise an event: Contact the Regional Coordinator from Greater Wellington Regional Council Sarah Cole – email: sarah.cole@gw.govt.nz phone: 021 840 191 or Joanne Waitoa from DOC (for MASTERTON) – email: jwaitoa@doc.govt.nz phone: 027 405 1048


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.


Wellington Seaweek 2019 Events



Beach Play

Sunday 10 March 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Petone Settlers Museum – Te Whare Whakaaro o Pito One, The Esplanade (end of Buick Street) Petone, Lower Hutt.

Have fun on Petone Beach with our Education team and join us to create sand sculptures, fly kites and make beautiful art out of things we find on the beach.

Let’s Play!

This event is run as part of Petone Settlers Museum Te Whare Whakaaro o Pito-one Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2019 celebrations.


Seaweek Storytime

  • Tuesday 5 March, 11am at Wainuiomata Library
  • Tuesday 5 March, 11am at Taita Library
  • Tuesday 5 March, 2pm at War Memorial Library
  • Wednesday 6 March, 10.30am at Naenae Library
  • Wednesday 6 March, 11am at Moera Library
  • Wednesday 6 March, 2pm at Eastbourne Library
  • Thursday 7 March, 10.30am at Petone Library
  • Thursday 7 March, 11am at Stokes Valley Library
  • Friday 8 March, 10.30am at War Memorial Library

Join us for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana (2-10 March).

Preschool Storytime is a weekly programme for children aged 2-5 years. Introducing children to stories from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.

Free event.

More info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz



Seashore Science with Marine Metre Squared

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 3.30 – 5.30pm at Lower Hutt War Memorial Library.

A free afternoon PD session for teachers and community groups with the amazing Sally Carson from Dunedin

Join us for an introduction to the Marine Metre Squared project (www.mm2.net.nz) and find out how your school or community group can gather valuable data that will lead to greater understanding and improved management of your local shoreline. The workshop will introduce the data collection methods, provide a hands –on introduction to Mm2 web site and highlight the on-line data analysis tools and educational resources available . Discussion will focus on survey results (collected earlier in the day) and how the survey can be tailored to answer questions of local relevance.

Bring your own laptop, tablet or phone.

Free event.

Bookings are essential. Please RSVP at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNQZv4t3ks3IFhPaf7wTWk_Atxo4o-SG6dLIqHEGvpd3RCUA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Contact: Arihia Latham, email: arihia.latham@gmail.com Ph: (021) 057-4614



Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet Youth Photography Workshop

Sunday 10 March 2019, 4.30 – 7.30pm at Pauatahanui Forest & Bird Reserve. The entrance to the Forest & Bird Reserve is from the Pauatahanui Village.

The Guardians of Pāuatahanui Inlet are offering a free photography workshop on Sunday 10th March. The workshop is open to anyone under the age of 18. It will be taught by Destina Munro, photojournalism tutor at Massey University and Whitireia.
The workshop begins with an illustrated indoor session, followed by a visit to the Pāuatahanui Wildlife Reserve, finishing with a one on one look at the photos taken in the reserve.

Registration is essential. You will find the registration form & more info on the website www.gopi.org.nz .
For practical reasons, participation numbers will to be limited to 20.

Please bring: Camera, drink, appropriate clothing for a muddy environment.

Contact: Tony Shaw, email: pauainlet@gmail.com Ph: (027) 344-0068


Porirua Teachers: Explore your Shore!

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 3.30 – 5pm at Porirua Harbour – meet at Porirua School.

Please meet at Porirua School (Awarua St) at the main office/staff room and then we will walk down to the harbour shoreline near Te Hiko St (from about 4pm).

Join us for a teacher workshop to explore your local shoreline. This event is aimed at Porirua teachers (and interested community group members) and is being facilitated by Enviroschools, Porirua Harbour Trust and Sustainable Coastlines.
We’ll try out the Marine Metre Squared survey kits and you can learn about how your school could get involved with a new nationwide beach litter monitoring programme (Sustainable Coastlines).
Free resources for teachers!

We’ll be exploring the muddy/rocky shoreline so please wear gumboots or sturdy shoes, bring warm clothing and a drink bottle.
If you’d like to try entering data electronically in the field, then please bring an iPad or tablet, and download the Marine Metre Squared app before the workshop.
Afternoon tea and all necessary equipment will be provided.

This event is FREE, but registrations are essential. Please email Rebecca pht.education@gmail.com (I will send you the link to the registration form).



Victoria University Coastal Ecology Laboratory (VUCEL) Open Day


Saturday 9 March 2019, 10am – 3pm at 396 The Esplanade, Wellington.

The Victoria University of Wellington Coastal Ecology Lab (VUCEL) is holding its annual Open Day on Saturday 9 March from 10am to 3pm. Join Victoria’s team of knowledgeable researchers to learn about the marine biology research that happens right here in Island Bay. Visitors can touch tanks of marine creatures, see research equipment in action, ask our researchers anything they want to know, and learn about marine biology research from the interactive displays. This annual event is the only time VUCEL is open to the public. The event is suitable for all ages.

For further information, contact: Thom Adams, Engagement Co-ordinator Faculty of Science Phone: +64-4-463 4768 Mobile: +64-22-1664768



Morning Paddle For Marine Conservation

Saturday 2 March 2019, 10am at Lyall Bay, Wellington.

NZ Seaweek runs from Saturday 2nd March to the Sunday 10th March and what better way to celebrate than to get out for a paddle, swim or beach clean to raise awarness for ocean conservation! Dress-ups encouraged to visually show marine awarness and our love of moana (and because who doesn’t like a costume event)!

Whether you surf, kayak, paddle board, boogie board, swim, walk on the beach or dance on the beach we wana see you there! I will bring along some plastic bags for those keen to collect rubbish.

Where: Lyall Bay, Wellington. We will meet near the surf club (blue building)
Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Clubrooms
1 Lyall Parade, Lyall Bay, Wellington 6022

When: Saturday 2nd March 10:00am

What to bring:
– Your board, kayak etc.
– your beach cossie
– Sunscreen, sunhat and water bottle (summer and cooking up something good)
– Gardening gloves (for those picking up rubbish)

This event is for everyone keen to raise awareness for marine conservation and a chance to meet like-minded individuals. Under 18s must be supervised by an adult and please be responsible for your own safety!

So pack a picnic brunch and see you then for a morning paddle!



DIY Beeswax wraps and snack bags



Wednesday 6 March 2019, 5.30 – 6.45pm at Sustainability Trust, 2 Forrestors Lane, Te Aro.

Did you know that EVERY bit of plastic ever made still exists? Running 5.30pm – 6.45pm on Wednesday 6th March, this practical workshop is part of Seaweek 2019, themed Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas.

Come and learn how to make your own reusable beeswax wraps and snack pouches and help free our oceans of plastic!

Make two take-home reusable products that will help you have litter-free lunches. Litter-free lunches are a great way to reduce landfill waste and your environmental footprint and protect our oceans. Winning!

Cost: Unwaged / student $5. Waged $10

Bookings essential – via Sustainability Trust website. No door sales. Book here: https://sustaintrust.org.nz/pages/our-events

Contact: Nina Atkinson, email: nina@sustaintrust.org.nz Ph: (022) 580-6659



A Plastic Ocean

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 6.30 – 8.30pm at Memorial Theatre – Victoria University.

Movie screening organised by Forest and Bird Youth Wellington!

Forest & Bird Wellington’s Wild Wednesdays
Presented by Forest & Bird Youth Wellington and Plastic Oceans
Film: A Plastic Ocean – In support of Sea Week 2019

When he discovers the world’s oceans brimming with plastic waste, a documentary filmmaker investigates the pollution’s environmental impacts. Produced by the Plastic Oceans Foundation, this film uncovers the damage being wrought to the world’s oceans by our use of plastic. Plastic pollution is also an issue in New Zealand’s oceans and threatens our precious marine taonga.

Given the Government’s recent moves to ban single-use plastic bags, what needs to happen next? Come and watch this movie about the state of our oceans and share your thoughts and ideas about how we can tackle this pressing issue.

Free event.

Contact: Molly O’Hagan, email: mohagan2000@gmail.com

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2266681816907992/



Explore Whitireia Coast Snorkel

Two events:

Saturday 2 March 2019, 9.30am – 3pm at Whitireia Park, Whitireia Rd, Titahi Bay, Porirua.

Saturday 9 March 2019, 9.30am – 3pm at Whitireia Park, Whitireia Rd, Titahi Bay, Porirua.

Come snorkel with Mountains to Sea Wellington Trust and GWRC, exploring the mesmerising marine life in the coastal waters around Whitireia Park.

No bookings required, just turn up. New snorkellers are encouraged.

Snorkel sessions leave approximately every hour on the hour between 10am and 2pm (we advise you to turn up half an hour early to secure your place anytime between 9.30 and 1.30).

What you need to know:
All equipment, guides and safety gear is provided.
Please note the minimum age is 8 years, and children below 16 must be accompanied by a snorkelling adult.
Participants must be able to swim 50 metres.

For cancellations on the day (due to poor weather) please check the Greater Wellington Regional Council Facebook page, or phone 0800 496 734 after 8am.

Getting there: https://goo.gl/maps/d8k6UyakAey

Book now at www.eventfinda.co.nz/tour/2018/greater-wellington-great-outdoors2

If you are a keen and experienced snorkeller and would like to help the Mountains to Sea Wellington team with this community event please contact volunteer@mtsw.org.nz. Volunteers are needed for this and a number of other community and school programmes over the summer.


GFNZ Makara Beach Clean-up

Sunday 3 February 2019, 9.30am – 12 noon at Makara Beach, Wellington

Join Ghost Fishing NZ and the local Makaka community for this awesome “back to school” clean up at Makara Beach!

Date: Sunday, 3 February 2019
Time: 9.30am registrations open | 9.50am health & safety briefing | 10.00am – 12.00pm clean-up

This is a family friendly FREE event and we welcome one and all. Please remember to bring your own water, snacks and weather appropriate gear (sunscreen, hats & jackets). Also don’t forget to wear sturdy closed toed shoes and bring a pair of gardening gloves to pick up the rubbish.

GFNZ will provide sacks to collect the rubbish in and remove all rubbish at the end of the event. We will also provide a few gloves too, but best to bring your own if you can.

As a bonus we will see how pretty we can make the beach once the clean up is complete, by having a “Design your own Beach Mandela” competition!

Please be aware that there will be photographers and aerial videography shot on the day.

If this event is cancelled due to weather, the event will be moved to the following Sunday. Notification will be given on the Facebook page, the day before.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Contact: Serena Cox, email: serenacox@hotmail.com


Community Guided Snorkel: Taputeranga Marine Reserve

Saturday 26 January 2019, 10am – 3.30pm at Taputeranga Marine Reserve, Island Bay Beach

Come and get your snorkel on at the Taputeranga Marine Reserve!

Our guides will help you explore the spectacular underwater world of the south coast, learning about the amazing creatures that seek shelter within the reserve protected boundaries.

New snorkellers are encouraged. All equipment, guides and safety gear is provided. Please note the minimum age is 8 years, and children below 16 must be accompanied by a snorkelling adult.

We are unable to take bookings for this event – so please meet us on the day and sign up for the next available group.

Weather updates will also be posted here. Please check on the morning of the snorkel for any updates. We look forward to seeing you there!

This community snorkel event is supported by Greater Wellington Regional Council and delivered by the Mountains to Sea Wellington team – an endorsed provider of the national Experiencing Marine Reserves – EMR programme.

If you are a keen and experienced snorkeller and would like to help the Mountains to Sea Wellington team with this community event please contact volunteer@mtsw.org.nz. Volunteers are needed for this and a number of other community and school programmes over the summer.



Wellington Annual Harbour Clean Up

Saturday 26 January 2019 from 9am – 2pm at Frank Kitts Park

Please come along and help Ghost Fishing New Zealand with our annual clean-up of Wellington Harbour.

If you are interested in diving and able to make it along on the day, please contact Serena Cox directly and she will add you to the list.

Free family fun event.


The Great GFNZ Wharf Jump

Photo: Experiencing Marine Reserves


Sunday 10 March 2019, 11am – 1pm on Seatoun Wharf

Family friendly free event for one and all!
Come along and join in the fun by jumping off the wharf and showing us your best dive skills!

Displays and information about our Ghost Fishing NZ activities and the problems caused by pollution in our harbour will be available, along with some of our team to answer your questions.

Free event

Make sure you bring:

Dress Ups (optional)

Contact: Serena Cox, email: serenacox@hotmail.com




Thursday 8 to Sunday 10 March 2019, 9am to 6pm daily at Bishop Park Eastbourne, Lower Hutt, Wellington.

New Zealands biggest water sports festival, bringing together kitesurfing, windsurfing and paddle boarding. Enjoy the beach culture whilst listening to tasty tunes from local and international musicians!

There is a range of activities for the public to get involved with including:
– Beach Clean Ups
– Live Music
– Paddle Boarding

Please bring your swimming clothes! All ages welcome.


Live Music – $20
CentrePort Beach Clean Up – FREE
Paddle Boarding – $25

Contact: Laurence Carey, email: waterbournenz@gmail.com

More information: https://www.waterbourne.co.nz/


Ocean Store – Performance Arcade & Seaweek 2019

What we have stored, the waves throw back up. We treasure the ocean for its abundance, so what use is all its plastic? Ocean Store is a multi faceted work that frames process as performance and speculates on a future resource. In the guise of a playful pop-up store on an urban beach, the oceans store of plastic will be celebrated and explored in all its colourful glory. Engage with this timely issue within a nuanced framework of performance, art object and participation. Ocean Store is now open. Are you?

Find the Ocean Store container on the waterfront beach between Te Papa and the Marina.
Open from 10am – 11pm over two weekends (Thurs – Sun: 21st – 24th Feb & 28th Feb – 3rd Mar)

Free family friendly participatory event. Gather ocean waste, sort into colours and types, create artworks and engage in discussion around plastic waste and use.

Presented as part of Performance Arcade 2019. In support of Seaweek 2019: Tiakina o tātou moana – Care for our seas.

New public art project by Wellington artists Kemi Niko & Co. www.keminiko.com

Contact: Niko Leyden email: nikoleyden@gmail.com Ph: (022) 067-3486


Marine Metre Squared

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

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