There will be lots of Seaweek 2018 events happening in Otago and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Otago Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event:
Tessa Mills – email: tessa.mills@otago.ac.nz, phone: 03 479 5845

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:


Strangers on the Shore

Date: Monday 19 March 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Oamaru Library
Cost: Free
Contact: Jean Rivett, email: jrivett@waitaki.govt.nz  Ph 03 433 0850

Sally Carson and Rod Morris will present their new book “The Collins Field Guide to the NZ Seashore”.

Copies of the book will be for sale at the event.


Quarantine Island Kamau Taurua Community open day

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: The charter boat picks up from Back Beach (BB) on Beach St. by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club at 10am
Cost: $15pp for the boat (subsidies for primary school aged children ($10); no charge for preschoolers; those with financial hardship)
Contact: Bookings to Dries at quarantineisland@gmail.com or 020 407 91587

Where better to spend ‘Seaweek’ than on an Island! We’ll have some special activities, alongside the usual opportunity to explore, relax, or help with projects. Seaweek ‘activities’ include enjoying the water, the amazing views all around the harbour (from a kayak weather permitting), observing seabirds, exploring the rocky shore with a marine scientist, and helping with a beach clean up.

The charter boat picks up from Back Beach (BB) on Beach St. by the Port Chalmers Yacht Club at 10am. We can sometimes do a pick-up on the Portobello side by prior arrangement. Leaving the Island at 4pm or stay overnight until approx. 2pm on Sunday. (There is also an option to come over at 3.45 pm Saturday also, for those staying overnight). Bookings to Dries at quarantineisland@gmail.com or 020 407 91587.

What to bring when you’re visiting:
* $15pp for the boat (subsidies for primary school aged children ($10); no charge for preschoolers; those with financial hardship)
* warm clothes, sturdy footwear, swimming togs, sunscreen, hat
* some food to share for a potluck lunch. We try to minimise plastic waste because we see firsthand the problem with plastics in our ocean
* a donation for the Island if you can.
* If you’re staying overnight, check our website for additional suggestions for what to bring


Sea Week Sea Speak

Date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Time: 7 – 8.30pm
Location: Otago University Rowing Club, 65 Magnet Street, Dunedin
Cost: Free
Contact: Ben Hutchison, email: ben.hutchison@orc.govt.nz Ph: (027) 203-3598

Ever wondered what exactly is involved in the role of Harbourmaster? Our new Harbourmaster, Steve Rushbrook, has recently joined Otago Regional Council, after working for the Port of London. During this time, Steve has overseen port activity for the Queen’s Jubilee and the London Olympics. As part of Sea Week, come along and hear from Steve about the navigational and safety aspects of his role as Harbourmaster and find out what his priorities are for the Otago region.

In addition, Aless Smith from the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre will provide an update on her Sediment and Seashores project.

Get involved in this interactive session, set to the amazing backdrop of Otago Harbour!

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/146392226175059/


Marine Scientists in Schools – Seaweek 2018

Would you like a Marine Science graduate student to visit your school during Seaweek (Saturday 3 March to Sunday 11 March 2018)?  It will be an opportunity for your senior high-school students to hear about Marine Science careers, study options, the many varied activities Marine Scientists are involved in, see some tools of the trade and to ask lots of questions about all things marine and what it is like to study Marine Science.

Dunedin schools – please register your interest in such a visit by contacting Tessa Mills, NZ Marine Studies Centre, email tessa.mills@otago.ac.nz or phone 03 478 0110


Birdlife of the Oamaru Harbour

Date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: Oamaru Library
Cost: Free
Contact: Jean Rivett email: jrivett@waitaki.govt.nz Ph: 03 433 0850

The Oamaru Library will be hosting Dr. Philippa Agnew on Thursday 8 March at 6pm.  Philippa will give a talk on the Birdlife of the Oamaru Harbour.


Seaweek Sea Lion Show


FOR SCHOOLS ONLY – please inform the library if your school plans to go. The Stupendous Pinniped Puppet show – meet Leone, a feisty sea lion, and learn about this iconic species that graces our shores (and the odd swimming pool!) Have you seen the St Clair statue, a reclining fur-coated  beauty called Mum, who is she? Find this out and more! Professional storyteller Kaitrin McMullan and the NZ Sea Lion Trust will share puppets, music, stories, plus a take-home puppet activity. This show gets the royal SEAL of approval, arf arf!

Dates and Times:
Saturday 3rd March, 1.30pm, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin
Sunday 4th March, 2pm, Dunedin City Library, 230 Moral Place, Dunedin
Monday 5th March, 11am, Mosgiel Library, 7 Hartstonge Ave, Fairfield, Mosgiel
Tuesday 6th March, 11.30am, Port Chalmers Library.
Wednesday 7th March, 11am, Blueskin Bay Library
Thursday 8th March, 10am, City Library, and 11.15am South Dunedin Pop-up Library, 199 Hillside Road, Dunedin
Friday 9th March, 10am, Waikouaiti Library
Sunday 11th March, 10.30am Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street, Dunedin



Dunedin Coastal Clean-up

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 12 noon to 3pm
Location of meeting place: St Kilda Life Saving Club, John Wilson Ocean Drive, Dunedin
Contact: For more information please email: info@osof.org or send us a message on Facebook.

This event is open to everyone who would like to take part in keeping Dunedin’s coastline clean and beautiful, however under 18 year olds must be supervised by a parent or guardian. We recommend looking for rubbish in pairs or groups for safety (and some good company).

Join us at the meeting place and collect your rubbish bags and gloves. You can then head out to a coastal area of your choice to clean up.

Places to clean:
– John Wilson Ocean Drive/Ocean Beach (Coastal Dune and Beach areas) From 12 PM
– Any other coastal environment of your choice (own transport required)

Low tide is at: 12.21 PM
High tide is at: 6.35 PM

What to bring:
• Closed-toe and sturdy shoes (such as sports shoes/ cross trainers/ tramping boots)
• Warm clothing: Check the weather and dress appropriately
• Sun screen and hat
• Camera (please send photos to info@osof.org)
• Lunch and snacks
• Water


Marine Metre Squared

Why not grab a Marine Metre Squared kit and go out to discover what lives on your local shore?

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