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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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Professors Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson

Professors Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson

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See all the Seaweek 2016 Ocean Champion nominees here.

I am nominating a team – Professors Liz Slooten and Steve Dawson – tireless researchers on our native dolphins.

LIz and Steve have worked tirelessly over the years to raise awareness of the impact human activities, particularly fishing have on dolphins, specially the endangered Maui and Hector’s Dolphins. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10473955 and http://mcguinnessinstituteblog.org/2015/04/25/one-ocean-perspectives-professor-liz-slooten/

They are currently running a project on Acoustic monitoring of Hector’s dolphin presence in Akaroa Harbour – they want to understand the impact the use of motorboats and sea-doos (personal watercraft) on Hector’s.

These two scientists have been at the forefront of marine research for some 30+ years and whilst they have been recognised by the scientific community I think it would be great for more people to know of their enormously important work. Liz has also represented New Zealand at the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission. In 2004 both LIz and Steve won the NZ Royal Society’s Sir Charles Fleming Award for outstanding contribution to conservation science. http://info.scoop.co.nz/Liz_Slooten. I met them both back in 2010 when I was part of a Walk for Hector’s Dolphins. Liz spoke to the audience at the end of the walk about the work she and Steve have undertaken since 1984. Liz is an engaging and passionate speaker as is Steve – they certainly know their stuff!

Photo credit: Otago Daily Times

More information:
Liz Slooten: Dept. of Zoology, Otago Uni http://www.otago.ac.nz/zoology/staff/otago008935.html http://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/magazine/88478/best-jobworst-job-swimming-with-captive-dolphins-led-saving-wild-ones

Steve Dawson: Dept. of Marine Science, Otago Uni http://www.otago.ac.nz/marinescience/staff/stevedawson.html Steve is a conservation biologist with over 30 years of research experience, working mostly with marine mammals.
In 2012 Steve won an Otago University Teaching Excellence Award. http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/4680/steve-dawson

Both Liz & Steve are well profiled on the Otago University site plus on numerous websites – this is the best http://whaledolphintrust.org.nz/about-us/trustees/ and http://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/magazine/192649/champions-our-rare-dolphins

Nominated by: Jocelyn Papprill, Environment Canterbury on 11 January 2016.

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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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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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