Ocean Champion Challenge

The national Seaweek Ocean Champion Challenge – Moana Toa Whakatara - is a call for all environmental heroes to share with us what action they are taking to help solve a problem impacting our marine environment.

Ocean Champions

Recognising New Zealand’s Ocean Heroes

The Ocean Champion Challenge is about celebrating the work of many passionate ocean advocates and sharing their stories to inspire others.

Entries for this year's challenge are now closed.

Is there someone you know that should be recognised?

Submitting a nomination is easy and helps us to celebrate and encourage efforts to look after our moana.

Creators advocate for the ocean through their art. Entries include an image of your ocean-inspired artwork along with a short explanation of the meaning or story behind its creation.

Investigators contribute observations or collect data related to our marine environment. Entries include a description of the contributions and how they help us understand our marine environment.

Narrators share insight into any type of action aimed at positively impacting our ocean. Entries include a short video or written piece which communicates how the individual or group is contributing to ocean education, conservation, or awareness. 


We do our best to award these generously donated prizes based on merit.

The $500 cash prize is awarded by the New Zealand Coastal Society, who have been sponsoring this award since 2014. Thank you to all our Sponsors & Supporters for making it possible for us to recognise outstanding efforts.

Our Sponsors and Supporters

Click on the tiles and image boxes above to take you to examples of some outstanding entries! 
P.S. Don't forget to check out the events page to discover more ways to get involved in Seaweek.