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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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Samara Nicholas

Samara Nicholas

Samara Nicholas is a founding trustee and Programme Director of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust. She was recognised in 2005 in the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from AUT and is a graduate of Northtec’s Diploma of Environmental Management. Samara played a key role in the Kamo High school’s marine reserve proposal and establishment and is currently a representative on the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve advisory committee. Samara founded the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme in 2001. Samara leads the development and expansion of the EMR programme throughout 9 regions of New Zealand in which she works with a team of up to 20 regional coordinators. The EMR programme was recently adopted in South Australia to help generate community engagement in marine reserves.
Samara is a PADI Dive Master and a registered assessor for unit standards in snorkelling. She was involved in the development of the Sir Peter Blake Trust’s ‘Young Blake Expeditions’ and was the snorkelling director for the inaugural expedition to the Kermadec Islands in 2012. In 2014, Samara received the Leo Ducker award from the New Zealand Underwater Association for outstanding deeds or services to New Zealand’s underwater environment. She was Seaweek coordinator in Northland for three years from 2014-2016. Samara is a regular public speaker and mentor for marine conservation projects. She has provided annual seminars to the University of Auckland post-graduate Marine Reserves course (begun by Bill Ballantine) at Leigh Marine Laboratory for five years.
Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) is a national programme of experiential learning about marine conservation. EMR’s independence, professional delivery, marine reserves focus and provision of a range of learning styles make it unique within New Zealand. Since its introduction in Northland in 2002, programme uptake has continued to increase throughout the country. The Department of Conservation (DOC) is a foundation partner of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust, and has supported the development of the EMR programme since inception. The Tindall Foundation and DOC Community Fund support the programme’s national expansion and community engagement activities.
The concept of EMR is to engage schools and communities by providing the equipment and expertise for a hands-on learning experience in the ocean. The programme involves investigating marine biodiversity and local marine environments before venturing to a fully-protected marine reserve. After this experience, students
are able to compare unprotected and protected areas and are then supported to put their knowledge into ACTION within the community.
Since 2002, EMR has expanded to eight regions, with a team of 20 coordinators, EMR has guided snorkel experiences for 27,834 (39,304 including accompanying whanau and teachers) students in NZ marine reserves and over 14,889 people have been engaged in EMR organised marine conservation events. In all, almost 50,000
(49,532) kiwi’s have been engaged in EMR.
Samara is an inspiration and role model to all ages in how positive persistent action can lead to change benefiting society, in particular by creating new marine reserves and educating families about the marine environment. Her major achievement has been making EMR a sustainable marine education programme in addition to successfully advocating for new marine reserves. These successes are leading to long lasting changes in how New Zealand society will respect and protect ocean life.
Nominated by: Mark Costello, University of Auckland on 2 November 2017
Note: NZAEE Seaweek is not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied by the person nominating the Ocean Champion nominee.

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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/
... See MoreSee Less

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