ecan-logoThere will be lots of Seaweek 2018 events happening in Christchurch/Canterbury and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Christchurch/Canterbury Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Jocelyn Papprill – email:, phone: 027 703 0772

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:


Haere Rā e Ngā Tītī: Farewell Hutton’s Shearwater

Date: Sunday 8 April 2018
Time: 6.45am
Location: South Bay Reserve, access via South Bay Track, Kaikōura
Contact: Nicky McArthur, email: Ph: (021) 029-2677
Cost: Free

A dawn ceremony to farewell the Hutton’s Shearwater.

Dress warmly and wear walking shoes.

The Hutton’s shearwater is an endangered seabird endemic to Kaikōura, New Zealand. The only place in the world that this species breeds is high in the Seaward Kaikōura Ranges at elevations between 1200 to 1800 m. When the Hutton’s shearwater colonies were rediscovered in 1964, there were eight colonies but only two survive today – on conservation land in the headwaters of the Kowhai River and on private land in Shearwater Stream.

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Birdlings Flat Beach Clean Up and Sculpture Competition


Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 1pm
Location: Birdlings Flat
Contact: Fiona Waghorn, email: Ph: (03) 329-0171
Cost: Free

Come and join in this Community Event to celebrate Sea Week and make our beach beautiful.
Beach Clean up bring gloves, (some provided) – Meet at the Birdlings Flat Community Centre at 1pm.
Sculpture Competition – Create a fish Sculpture from the Beach Rubbish you find.
Sausage sizzle to follow and drinks for the kids.



Harbour Clean-up – Whakaraupō – Lyttelton Harbour

Date: Friday 9 March 2018
Time: 4.30 – 6.30pm
Location: Please chose the hub closest to you and register there.
Lyttelton – Naval Point, Erskine Point
Diamond Harbour – Community Centre, 2A Waipapa Ave
Governor’s Bay – Community Centre, 1 Cresswell Ave
Contact: Hamish Fairburn, email: Ph: 021 399040
Cost: Free

Join us in celebrating the launch of the Whaka-Ora Healthy Harbour plan and Sea Week with a harbour clean-up and BBQ.

Please bring sensible shoes and gardening gloves. There will be a BBQ at each hub at the end.


Beautiful phytoplankton & their role in our changing oceans

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: 7 – 9pm
Location: Council Chamber, Environment Canterbury, 200 Tuam Street, Christchurch
Contact: Jocelyn Papprill, email:  Ph: (027) 703-0772
Cost: Free

Celebrate life in the oceans with Dr Paul Broady.
The smallest forms of life, microorganisms, are often overlooked although they have vital roles in the marine ecosystem. For instance, the microscopic algae called phytoplankton resemble plant life on land in that they provide food for almost all of the familiar marine animals. Without abundant growths of phytoplankton in waters around New Zealand we would not have such rich fisheries. They are amazingly diverse in their shapes, sizes and colours. Different types thrive in different regions of the global ocean and at different times of the year. We are still learning about what controls their occurrence. Presently there is an intense research focus on the effects on their growth of environmental change caused by human activities.
Our waste waters and agricultural run-off have fertilised coastal waters, whilst increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide dissolves in surface waters and results in acidification. Global warming also affects surface waters which is already having consequences for phytoplankton. Because of these complexities the future for phytoplankton is very difficult to predict. Will they continue to provide the environmental services on which we depend? This will depend on how well we care for the oceans. Celebrating the beauty of phytoplankton will help remind us to care for them well.

Paul Broady taught about algae at University of Canterbury from 1985 in courses in microbiology, ecology and plant diversity as well as presenting talks at schools and to a variety of community groups. He believes that a public awareness of the essential roles of microorganisms in natural ecosystems will help society to make the decisions that will ensure a better future.


Seaweek Green Drinks

Date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Time: 5.30 – 7pm
Location: Twisted Hop, 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch
Contact: Jocelyn Papprill, email:  Ph: (027) 703-0772
Cost: Free though you are encouraged to purchase food and drink from the Twisted Hop as they provide the venue at no cost.

This regular Green Drinks event will have a Seaweek theme and will be hosted by the local branch of NZAEE.
Kirsty Brennan from EOS Ecology will share the work she and her team is doing to protect the habitat of whitebait both in river and to the sea. Green Drinks Christchurch is supported by SBN & facilitated by Peter Taylor.

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Sea Stories at the Library

Storytimes for littlies at these libraries during Seaweek. If you’re feeling creative, come dressed in your favourite sea-inspired costume!

Dates and times:
Tuesday 6 March
Lyttleton library – 10:30am
New Brighton library – 10:30am

Wednesday 7 March
Sumner (Matuku Takotako) – 10:30 am

Thursday 8 March
Parklands Library 10:30am

Contact: Elisabeth McMillan, email: Ph: (03) 941-5144 or (027) 234-1416
Cost: Free


MPI trailer: Get to know recreational fishing rules

Date: Saturday 3 March and 10 March 2018
Time: 10am.
Location: Beach Rd waterfront, Akaroa
Contact: Rebecca, email: Ph: (03) 304-7816
Cost: Free

Fishing rules change regularly, and to help with keeping up to date, the Ministry of Primary Industry Recreational Fishing Info Trailer will be located on the Beach Road waterfront, giving out information on the legal rules and requirements to follow for recreational fishing.

The MPI trailer will be on site on two Saturdays: 3rd & 10th March.

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Hector’s dolphin research at Banks Peninsula: New discoveries and future directions

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 5.30pm.
Location: Akaroa Boat Shed, 113 Beach Rd, Akaroa
Contact: Rebecca, email: Ph: (03) 304-7816
Cost: Free

It may be routine to see Hector’s in Akaroa Harbour, but this is only because we’re lucky enough to live near a dolphin hotspot! Hector’s are one of the most endangered species of dolphin and are only found along New Zealand’s coast. Researchers from the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust and University of Otago have studied the dolphins here since the 1980s. Hear from three PhD students, who are contributing to the long-term project, on some of their most recent findings and what they’ll be investigating next.

Tom Brough: Hotspots for Hector’s: “The where, when and why of important habitat for Hector’s dolphins at Banks Peninsula”
Lindsay Wickman: “Scars that tell stories: what we can learn from dolphins’ unique marks”
Maria Jesus Valdes: “Aquaculture & dolphins: an ecosystem perspective”

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A Tale of Two Worsleys: Two adventurers, a century apart

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: 6.30pm.
Location: The Gaiety, 105 Rue Jolie, Akaroa
Contact: Rebecca, email: Ph: (03) 304-7816
Cost: Gold coin donation with a light supper provided

New Zealanders are renowned for their desire to explore the world and are great at it. A hero to Akaroa is Frank Worsley, who captained the Endurance during Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. However, he is best remembered for navigating the expedition party to safety after the Endurance was crushed by ice floes in the Weddell Sea.

Join this wonderful talk on Worsley’s life and achievements; celestial navigational techniques; new adventurers who retraced Worsley’s footsteps; and a family legacy that has continued into modern times.

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Frank Worsley Exhibition at the Akaroa Museum

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 10am – 4.30pm.
Location: Akaroa Museum, 71 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa
Contact: Akaroa Museum, email: Ph: (03) 304-1013
Cost: Free

‘Salute to Adventure’, the Worsley exhibition at Akaroa Museum has been refreshed and will be open again in time for Seaweek.
Frank Worsley was born in Akaroa and was one of the finest sailors, navigators, and Antarctic explorers of his time. Step into his world and discover where his thirst for adventure led him.

Visit the exhibition daily 10.30am – 4.30pm

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Screening of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ movie followed by a Q&A session

Date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Time: 5.30 – 7.30pm.
Location: Akaroa Cinema, Corner of Rue Jolie and Selwyn Avenue, Akaroa
Contact: Rebecca, email: Ph: (03) 304-7816
Cost: $20

In the centre of the Pacific Ocean gyre researchers found more plastic than plankton. A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Come along to the screening of “A Plastic Ocean” film followed by Q&As with Maria Jesus Valdes (Department of Marine Science, University of Otago)

Time: Film start time 5.30pm (1hr 42 minutes), followed by a short Q&A session about the topic.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Akaroa Marine Protection Society, each movie goer will receive a free Akaroa jute bag
– Spot prizes throughout the night

Number of seats: Only 36 seats are available, so places are limited!
Bookings are essential: By calling 03 304 8898 or at the Cinema

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Pohatu Penguins Sea-Kayaking Safaris

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 8am – 6.30pm. Three departure times: 8.00am11.30am & 3.00pm
Location: Wildside Booking Office, 8/2 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520
Contact: Pohatu Team email: Ph: (03) 304-8542 or (021) 246-9556
Cost: $95 pp with 50% of the proceeds from each trip going to the Yellow-eyed penguin trust. Mention you saw promotion on Seaweek website.

Guided Kayak of Pohatu Marine Reserve, a spectacular area with towering sea cliffs, sea caves and fantastic wildlife, marine birds, seal colony, & potentially hectors dolphins.
Trip is 3.5 hours including the scenic 4WD mini bus ride over to Pohatu Bay. Experience is not necessary.

Tours will depart from Pohatu’s booking office in Akaroa.

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Akaroa Dolphins Free Family Educational Cruise

Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 3.15pm
Location: Main Wharf, Akaroa
Contact: Akaroa Dolphins email: Ph: (03) 304-7866
Cost: Free but the cruise is for families with children under 16 years, and a maximum 2 children per 1 adult are eligible to join. Limited spaces available.

Take your family on a very special cruise for free with Akaroa Dolphins. Explore the dramatic volcanic formations, learn about the marine reserve, and meet the wonderful wildlife, including the playful and unique Hector’s dolphin.

Bookings essential by calling 03 304 7866 or email

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Black Cat Cruise Seaweek Special

Date: Daily from Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 3.40 – 5.40pm
Location: Main Wharf, Akaroa
Contact: Black Cat Cruises email: Ph: (03) 304-7641
Cost: Adult price at 50% off $39.50, child price at 50% off $16.00

Get 50% off Black Cat’s 3.40pm Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise every day during Seaweek, when booking direct by phone on 0800 4 DOLPHINS or in store.

We suggest you wear warm clothing. Even on warm days, there may be a cool sea breeze blowing. Sun screen and a hat is a must even if it’s cloudy. Bring your camera – there are incredible views.

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Forest & Bird Coastal Pathway Bike Ride

Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 10.30am – 1pm
Location: Ferrymead to Sumner. Meet Tidal View carpark, next to Anytime Fitness, Ferrymead
Contact: Colleen Philip, email: Ph: (03) 981-8556 or (021) 103-4295
Cost: Free, but bring money for coffee or a cuppa at the end.

Forest and Bird and friends invite you to ride from Ferrymead to Sumner, with a feature talk by Islay Marsden “What are the Birds Feeding on in the Estuary?” We can spend time to stop, watch the birds and talk about them along the way, so bring binoculars if you have them.

Enjoy an easy bike-ride with friends while checking out the bird life along our estuarine coast. Get some inside tips on their life from our Forest & Bird guide along the way.

Optional: dress up your bike and/or yourself with a marine theme. Spot prizes! A fun event for all ages (under 14s must have an adult with them.) This is part of the NZAEE Seaweek Program. Any questions, contact Colleen (03) 981 8556.

Bring your own bike, water & helmet. If it’s a nice day you may like to stay longer at Sumner and enjoy a beach swim so bring your togs.

If the weather is really nasty then event will be cancelled.

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Children’s Art Workshop

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 1.30 – 3.30pm
Location: Mt Pleasant Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Road, Mt Pleasant, Christchurch 8081
Contact: Jocelyn Papprill. Email: Ph: (027) 222-0395 or (027) 703-0772
Cost: $20 per person

Children’s Creative Art Workshop with artist Robyn Webster. For ages 9-13.
We will be looking at the various species of animals and plants living in our estuary and decide which ones we particularly want to see more of. We will make prints of their shapes, and make our pictures by repeating this printing process. We can even share each other’s shapes and add each other’s favourite animals and plants into our own pictures if we want to.

You will be getting involved with some inks, and will need to wear clothes you don’t mind perhaps getting a little ink on. You will be able to make some different sized pictures using your printed shapes to take home, and maybe even add into a group work that we can put on the wall to celebrate Sea Week.

Robyn is a local artist who makes art about the natural world, as sculptures, paintings or with printmaking. She has worked many different jobs while pursuing her art projects, most recently as an art teacher at Riccarton High School. In 2017 she returned to being a full-time artist and is loving having time to develop her ideas and make lots of work for exhibitions. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of printmaking and her love of the estuary.


Te Ra O Te Tamariki — Children’s Day

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: The Red Zone, cnr New Brighton Rd and Locksley Ave
Contact: Jocelyn Papprill. Email: Ph: (027) 222-0395 or (027) 703-0772
Cost: Free

Ki uta, ki tai – From the mountains to the sea! Check out the Stormwater Hero game at the Environment Canterbury, Avon-Otakaro Network, Christchurch City Council stalls area, and find out how you can keep our waterways and seas clean for all to enjoy. Spot prizes!

And, many other activities to enjoy while you celebrate Children’s Day.

Keep hydrated in the sun – bring a refillable water bottle

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Evening Bike Ride – Cycle the Coastal Fringe

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 4 – 6.45pm
Location: Tuhaitara Coastal Park – ‘Where freshwater meets the sea’ Ki te wahi e tutuki ai te wai ki te moana. Meet Greg at the Trust office which is located at Woodend Beach Domain, Waimakariri.
Contact: Greg Byrnes. Email: Ph: (03) 313-1768 or (021) 024-5539

Cost: Free, though a donation toward the good work of the park happily accepted.

We are going to explore the Tuhaitara Coastal wetlands from Woodend Beach to the Ashley Rakahuri Estuary. The 14km round trip will include a mix of cultural and environmental stops showcasing the significance of the area and the numerous projects underway to restore and protect these most sensitive ecosystems along with a look at some of the native fauna.

Mostly trail riding but some roads through Waikuku Beach and Pegasus Town, Grade 1 easiest.

Bring your own bike, helmet and water.

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Nga Manu Moana/Seabirds on Our Coastline – Threats and Protection

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 3.30-5.30pm
Location: The Chapel of the Waves, 2 Collingwood Street, New Brighton.
Contact: Mark Gibson, email: Ph: (03) 388-9220

Come along and hear speakers: Andrew Crossland and Nick Ledgard talk about the threats to our seabirds and what we can do to protect them.
3.30pm Refreshments
4.00pm Speakers
4.45pm Questions and conversation
Entry by koha. All welcome.




Farewell to the Godwits

Friday 2 March 2018 at 6pm at Southshore Reserve.

The 20th annual event!
Come and find out why so many people keep coming every year to wish these unique birds a safe journey back to Alaska to their breeding grounds.
Free BBQ sausage/ displays/music/lucky spot prizes and guided tours to view the birds up close.

Bring warm jacket and walking shoes for a shot walk to see the birds.

Free event.

Contact: Tanya Jenkins email: Ph: (027) 224-5627


Ocean Acidification Teacher Workshop Christchurch


Monday 27 November 2017 from 1.30 – 3.30pm at Rangi Ruru Girls High School, 59 Hewitts Road, Merivale, Christchurch.

This free workshop for secondary school teachers focuses on a new resource on ocean acidification called “The Ocean of Tomorrow”. Free copies will be issued.

To reserve a place email or phone 03 479 5826.

Thanks to the Lou and Iris Fisher Charitable Trust for supporting this event.



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