DoC Logo SQThere will be lots of Seaweek 2018 events happening in the Bay of Plenty and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Western Bay of Plenty Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Jessyca Bernard – email:, phone: 07 571 2730 / 027 551 8180


If you attend a Seaweek 2018 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.


Seaweek 2018 Events


Hei Oranga Te Whenua a Toi/ EnviroHub CleanUp

Date: Sunday 25 March 2018
Time: 9am – 12.30pm
Location: Opape Beach Boat Ramp.
Cost: Free
Contact: Tanja Rother, Ph: (07) 315-8420 or (021) 183-2110

Come clean up Opape Stream Waterways with Opape 1A19b reservation group.

Bring Water bottle.
Sign Attendance form on arrival.
Get Hi- Vers from Tanja.

Free Sausage Sizzle & Drinks for Volunteers


Free Film Screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ & Boomerang Bags Ōpōtiki Launch

Date: Friday 16 March 2018
Time: 7.15 – 9.15pm
Location: Opotiki Heritage Arts Centre, 13 King Street, Opotiki.
Cost: Free

To celebrate the launch of Boomerang Bags Ōpōtiki, we would like to invite everyone, of all ages, to a FREE, one-off screening of the incredible movie ‘A Plastic Ocean’. This award-winning documentary highlights the impact of plastic on our lives and in our oceans. It also shows us what we can do to make a difference.

You don’t need to book, but as we are expecting the event to be busy you can reserve your seat in advance by emailing us at, or by messaging us through our Facebook page @BoomerangBagsOpotiki. Those who reserve a seat in advance will also go into the draw to win an awesome hamper full of useful goodies!

This event is supported by the Department of Conservation and Envirohub.


Maketu Guided Rockpools Walk

Date: Saturday 17 March 2018
Time: 1 – 2.30pm
Location: Meet at Maketu surf club on Beach Rd.
Cost: $5

Join marine biologist Tania Bramley for a guided walk around the rock pools at Okurie Point in Maketu. $5 per person and all proceeds go to Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society education programme.

Wear bare feet or covered shoes. No jandals. Suitable for kids. We provide identification guides and a scavenger hunt sheet.

Spaces are limited so RSVP to


Maketu Clean-up

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 10am – noon
Location: meet at Kaituna Cut Car Park at the end of Ford Rd, Maketu.
Cost: Free

Come clean an important ecological area with Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society, who are hosting a beach and estuary clean up at Maketu Spit. Refreshments provided.


Diorama Wonderful Wai Art with Betty


Date: Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: You book a time
Location: Delivered in ECE and Primary Settings.
Cost: Free thanks to NZAEE Seaweek and the Ministry for Primary Industries
Contact: Register Interest to 0800 432 7327 or

A kinestitic approach building visual imagery around Dirty waterways vs Healthy Waterways.
Four 2 Hour Workshops avaliable.


Wonderful Wai House of Science with Nat

Date: Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: You book a time
Location: at a waterway of your choice
Cost: Free thanks to NZAEE Seaweek and the Ministry for Primary Industries
Contact: Register Interest to Nat on 0800 432 7327.

Explore your waterway.  Delivered at a waterway of your choice.

Explored Themes:

  • Water as a solid *Ice Balls
  • Water as a liquid *Surface Tension
  • Water as a gas *Evaporation
  • Water Cycle
  • Water Allocation*Whose Water is it?

Four 2 Hour Workshops available.


‘Wonderful Wai’ Sea Week 2018 at Te Ahiaua

Image: Jacqui Geux

Date: Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: You book a time
Location: Te Ahiaua, Waiōtahe, State Highway 2, Ōpōtiki.
Cost: Free thanks to NZAEE Seaweek and the Ministry for Primary Industries
Contact: Ph 07 315 3031 to book.

Come and join us as we celebrate Sea week at Te Ahiaua, Waiōtahe, State Highway 2, Ōpōtiki.
Tamariki can explore and enjoy the wonders of our ocean and foreshore and have the opportunity to explore:

· Crab Hunting
· Sea Art
· Story Telling

Bookings are essential, so get in early and book your space.


Happy Harbour Fun Day

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 1 – 7pm
Location: Memorial Park, Tauranga
Cost: Free

The Happy Harbour Fun Day is a family fun event that will have hands on outdoor activities to learn more about the Tauranga Harbour’s land, water and wildlife. Bring the kids and come learn what’s happening in Tauranga Moana and see marine biologists dissect a shark, go on crab and critter hunts and take part in real science experiments. There will also be competitions, face painting, story telling, bouncy castles, food, music and more.

On Saturday 3 March 2018, Bay of Plenty Regional Council in collaboration with partner organisations, are delivering a community fun day event at Memorial Park, Tauranga.

The event is an opportunity to highlight work underway in the Tauranga Harbour to address key issues identified by the community (sea lettuce, sediment and pollution) plus coastal hazards, biodiversity and biosecurity. It is also an opportunity to showcase the range of organisations and agencies actively working towards Ngā Tai ki Uta – A healthy and thriving harbour and catchment.

All ages welcome.

For updated information check out the ‘Happy Harbour Fun Day’ event on Facebook or the Bay of Plenty Regional Council website.


March at Maketu

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 9.30am – 3pm
Location: Meet at carpark at the end of Ford Road/Kaituna Cut, Maketu
Cost: Free

Forest & Bird supports the work of the local Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society by taking down the protective fence after the breeding season is finished and also this is an excellent chance to see the shorebirds on the estuary and the work being done to restore the natural environment and wildlife on the spit.
Walk along Maketu Spit on estuary track, take down NZ dotterel protection fence and walk back along the beach.
All ages welcome.

More details: Forest & Bird Te Puke Branch


A Tour of ARRC Wildlife Trust and Holistic Vets & Talk

Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018
Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: 56 Fraser Street (ARRC Wildlife Trust / Holistic Vets Premises)
Please book on: email: Ph: 07 578 7054
Cost: $15 donation to ARRC Wildlife Trust

Each year ARRC and Holistic Vets care for more than 700 birds and wildlife. Many of these are sea bird that have become injured and orphaned, often because of man’s impact. Come along and see what we do to help! Anyone welcome over 8 years of age (numbers are limited so book quickly).

Seabirds and wildlife are regularly brought in for care. Come along to learn more about what we do to help: Little Blue Penguins mauled by dogs; Shags with fishhooks stuck in their beaks; Albatrosses with wing injuries; Poisoned seagulls; Orphaned dotterel chicks; Oystercatchers with broken legs; And MORE!

Also learn more about an up and coming theme in our society in our talk by Liza Schneider: “One Health – How the health of animals, humans and the environment are interlinked” and be in to win spot prizes.


EnviroHub Clean-Up

Image: Katie Jones

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 9am – 1pm
Location: Opape Beach. Head towards Tirohanga Shop follow the highway through to Opape MotorCamp then carry on past till you see the sign on yr left Opape Beach.
Contact: Jacqui Biddle email: Ph: (07) 315-8420 or (027) 347-7360
Cost: Free

Come along and help us clean-up Opape Beach.

Bring water bottle.
Gloves, Rubbish Bags are provided.
A BBQ is provided free for all volunteers after the clean up. The rubbish is taken to the Recycle Tip to be sorted, cost of this is free. Then we will go to the John Burdett Park for the BBQ and refreshments where we will meet up with all the other volunteers in Waioweka Ohiwa area. Also there will be a display table of recycling tips & pamphlets.



Curious Citizens Science Symposium Tauranga

Friday 10 November 2017 from 9am – 5pm at Te Puke

The House of Science has a vision to raise scientific literacy in the local community. Our biennial symposium is a chance for the whole community to learn and network together.

Curious Citizens is the theme this year with a focus on citizen science: community-driven projects that engage people of all ages and abilities. We have a great line-up of prominent New Zealand scientists who will inspire delegates in keynote addresses, seminars and workshops.

Our inaugural symposium in 2015 attracted 230 primary and secondary teachers, scientists, researchers, community leaders and the general public. This year we hope to attract over 300 keen and curious citizens. We plan to make this symposium accessible to as many people as possible by keeping the registration fees affordable yet offering a memorable experience in a great setting.

We look forward to welcoming you and many other curious citizens to Te Puke in November. Booking is essential. Book here.




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