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Sea Week

Huge congratulations to the fantastic Professor Rochelle Constantine who has won The Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her amazing work with cetaceans. So well deserved!

Faculty of Science, University of Auckland
Congratulations to Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine from the School of Biological Sciences! She has won the inaugural Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation.
Associate Professor Constantine's work on a campaign to increase protections for whale populations within the Hauraki Gulf led to slower speeds for large vessels which has dramatically reduced the number of whales injured or killed by ship strike. She has been instrumental in leading a number of initiatives for expanded protection for humpback whales and Māui’s dolphin including revision of guidelines for international dolphin-watch tourism. She was also a strong advocate for the creation of a marine reserve at the Kermadec Islands.
Check out the video below to see some of Rochelle's marine research in action.
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WELLINGTON

GW Landscape Logo - FullcolThere are lots of Seaweek 2018 events happening in Wellington, we’ll be adding details of new events as we receive them. If you’d like to organise an event: Contact the Regional Coordinator from Greater Wellington Regional Council Micheline Evans – email: Micheline.evans@gw.govt.nz phone: 027 370 1534

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

 

Meet the Coastal Restoration Experts

Date and times: Saturday 24 March 2018

Whangamoana 9am – 10.30 am (meet at beach entrance)
Lake Ferry 11am – 1pm (meet adjacent to the pub)
Onoke spit 1.30pm – 2.30pm (meet at car park)
Ocean beach 3.00pm – 4.00pm (meet at where road first meets coast)
Sunday 25th March 2018
Castlepoint 9am – 11am (meet at the St Peters by the Sea church
Riversdale 11.45 – 2.00pm (meet in car park over Rd from Surf Club)
Cost: Free.
Contact: Garry Foster, email: gfoster@doc.govt.nz Ph: (027) 405-1051

National dune experts are visiting Wairarapa.
On the 24th and 25th of March coastal restoration experts from around the country will be visiting the spectacular beaches of Wairarapa and are keen to meet the locals.
The Coastal Restoration Trust annual conference is being held in Petone in late March, giving members a chance to journey to Wairarapa for their annual field trip.
They will be looking at some of Wairarapa’s most interesting dune areas from Ocean Beach to Castlepoint and sharing ideas with those they meet.
The Coastal Restoration Trust is involved with many projects around NZ and, collectively, hold a wealth of experience and knowledge about restoration techniques, coast care groups and working with communities. They invite everyone who is interested in better understanding our coastal areas to join them for a walk and talk at Whangaimoana, Lake Ferry, Onoke Spit, Ocean Beach, Castlepoint and Riversdale.
“This is a great opportunity for us all to learn more about coastal restoration in an informal setting.” says Graeme La Cock, ecological adviser Department of Conservation “Please feel free to join us.”
The expected timetable for the day is:
Saturday 24th March 2018
Whangamoana 9am – 10.30 am (meet at beach entrance)
Lake Ferry 11am – 1pm (meet adjacent to the pub)
Onoke spit 1.30pm – 2.30pm (meet at car park)
Ocean beach 3.00pm – 4.00pm (meet at where road first meets coast)
Sunday 25th March 2018
Castlepoint 9am – 11am (meet at the St Peters by the Sea church
Riversdale 11.45 – 2.00pm (meet in car park over Rd from Surf Club)

These times are estimates only and could be subject to some changes on the day. Please feel free to forward your contact details to gfoster@doc.govt.nz or 027 4051051 for updates.

Please bring: sun screen, sun hat if day is hot or warm hat and coat if day is cold. BYO food and water.

 

Raumati Beach and Wharemauku Stream-mouth clean up

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: 7.45am
Location: Meet on the boat ramp in front of ‘The Waterfront’ bar and brasserie
Cost: Free.
Contact: Nicola Easthope, email: nicola.easthope@kc.school.nz

Please join Kāpiti College for a clean-up ofRaumati Beach and Wharemauku Stream-mouth. We will sort and count the rubbish. Bags and gloves provided.

 

Seaweek @ Aratoi

Dates and Times: Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018
10am – 4.30pm daily.
Location: Aratoi Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, 12 Bruce St, Masterton, Wellington.
Cost: Free. Koha appreciated.
Contact: Madeleine Slavick, email: madeleine@aratoi.co.nz Ph (06) 370-0001

Once again, Aratoi celebrates Seaweek!
We have 3 activities:

HINAKI – Come to Aratoi & watch ceramic artist Sam Ludden make hīnaki (an eel trap) out of clay. He’ll create right in the foyer! (From March 4th — 7th, 10am – 3pm).

ART SLEUTH – A fun and free creative activity at Aratoi for the entire family, exploring the show Elizabeth Thomson – Cellular Memory.
http://www.aratoi.org.nz/exhibitions

ENDANGERED FISH SPECIES – Draw your own or colour in the silhouette of a fish an add it to our Seaweek window.

About Sam Ludden:
Seaweek 2018 Artist-in-Residence at Aratoi
Sam trained in ceramics and fine arts in Whanganui under the tuition of Ross Mitchell-Anyon, and has worked as a potter in China, Czech Republic, England, France, and Thailand. His recent work reflects his interest in his Wairarapa birthplace; its cultures and landscapes, its threatened flora and fauna, and its huge wider potential in the arts. He has created a wide range of eels and other ceramic sculptures, and works from his home studio, Dirty Fingers Pottery, in Masterton. He will have a solo show at Aratoi in 2018.

 

Lighthouse Cinema: BLUE

Dates and Times:
Wednesday 7 March 2018, 6.30pm at Petone and Cuba Street
Locations: 52 Beach St, Petone, Lower Hutt and 29 Wigan St, Te Aro, Wellington.
Cost: Normal booking fees apply
Contact: Lighthouse Cinema Ph 04 939 2061

BLUE is a film about how the oceans are broken. Half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. And by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Featuring passionate advocates for ocean preservation, the film tackles themes of habitat destruction, species loss and pollution. Filmed in the seas surrounding Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the USA, BLUE looks at how the very nature of the ocean is being altered. Our ambition is to make an evocative and emotional film that connects to the audience through its imaginative cinematography, lush music score and eerie soundscape. Northern Pictures are working with the support and collaboration of Greenpeace, WWF, Pew Charitable Trusts and the Australian Marine Conservation Society. BLUE is the story our generation needs to hear. We hope this film will change the way we think about our liquid world and inspire audiences to action.

 

Fishy Fishy

Dates and Times:
Sunday 4 March 2018, 1 – 2pm
Sunday March 11th 1-2pm
Sunday March 18th 1-2pm
Location: roving on the Wellington waterfront! (leaving by the Sunday Market and Frank Kitts Park and meeting somewhere in the middle)
Cost: Free event

A beach witch wants to catch a fish for her dinner. But what’s this plastic monstrosity? Yuck! No one wants to eat plastic!
Giant puppet street theatre featuring Flotsam, a crone with seaweed hair, facing off with Jetsam, an evil trash menace.
Larger than life, these creations will make their way through the waterfront until they meet in a standoff. Will Jetsam poison the fish or can Flotsam preserve her ancient ways?
Fishy Fishy draws on our long standing relationship with the sea and the modern day threat of ocean pollution to create an engaging puppetry experience for all ages. Created by Anna Bailey, Stephanie Cairns and Zoe Higgins for Wellington Fringe Festival 2018.

 

Sea Week Documentary Screening: Oceans

Date: Friday 16 March 2018
Time: 6 – 7pm
Location: War Memorial Library, Corner Queens Drive and Woburn Rd, Lower Hutt
Cost: Free event
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, email: librariesevents@huttcity.govt.nz Ph: (04) 570-6633

Celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana (3-11 March) and come watch Oceans, an ecological documentary featuring an exhilarating look under the sea through the eyes of those that live there, narrated by Pierce Brosnan.

Incredible state-of-the-art-underwater filmmaking will take viewers breath away as they migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark, and race with dolphins at play. Includes first-ever images of elusive deepwater creatures!

Spaces are limited so arrive early to secure a spot.

 

Living with Toxic Algae

Date: Thursday 8 March 2018
Time: 6 – 7pm
Location: War Memorial Library, Corner Queens Drive and Woburn Rd, Lower Hutt
Cost: Free event
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, email: librariesevents@huttcity.govt.nz Ph: (04) 570-6633

Each summer, toxic algae appears in the Hutt River.

Join water scientist, Mark Heath, to find out the latest research on this cyanobacteria. Mark will give an overview of toxic algae , how it forms, and what promotes its growth. He’ll also answer questions around the effects on animals and humans, and whether toxic algae is always toxic. Greater Wellington Regional Council have a strict monitoring program and support ongoing research into understanding the toxins, monitoring the growth patterns and trying to prevent its reoccurrence in the river.

Presenter: Mark Heath, Environmental Scientist, Greater Wellington Regional Council

This event is park of Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana (3-11 March).

 

Ghost Fishing NZ – Mahanga bay clean up

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Mahanga Bay Beach, Massey Road, Mirimar
Cost: Free event
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/events/278890892642258

Join the Ghost Fishing NZ team to help the environment.
Divers and Shore crew needed.

And Eddie Van Halen Howard from the Island Bay Marine Education Centre will be there showcasing and protecting some of the amazing creatures that come up on the rubbish.
Always a fun day out and a great feed after thanks to the legends at Hell Pizza..!

 

The Unseen: Art + Science

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 10.30am – 2.30pm
Location: War Memorial Library, Corner Queens Drive and Woburn Rd, Lower Hutt
Cost: Free event
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, email: librariesevents@huttcity.govt.nz Ph: (04) 570-6633

The Unseen is an art, science and community art project supported by the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, NIWA and Auckland University, Suter Art Gallery and communities in Nelson and Wellington.

Joe and Gabby will talk about their research and then you get to help make part of a large collaborative artwork that will be installed in Albion Square Nelson (28 March – 8 April).

All material provided. Wear comfortable clothes as we’ll be working on the ground!

We’re running two sessions on Saturday 3 March:
– 10:30am
– 1:30pm

Joe O’Callaghan is an oceanographer with NIWA 
Gabby O’Connor Artist is an artist and researcher with Auckland University and NIWA.

Over 1500 people are already involved in the creation of the art work. Come join in the fun!

 

Places for Penguins Clean-up

Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 10.30am – noon
Location: Kau Bay and Mahanga Bay.
Cost: Free

Places for Penguins Wellington are planning a beach clean-up around Kau Bay and Mahanga Bay on Sunday 11 March ​from 10.30am to 12pm to help the little blue penguins (korora) and to celebrate Sea Week 2018.
There is lots of rubbish around especially under the bushes and Places for Penguins really would appreciate getting this part of the coast cleaned up as it is a risk to any penguins who might nest in this area. Rally up friends and family (event unsuitable for young children as the rubbish could contain glass & other dangerous sharp objects). Gloves, rubbish bags and morning coffee will be provided.

 

Schools: Marine collection virtual excursion

Image: Te Papa

Dates: Monday 5th – Friday 9th March daily
Time: 9am for approximately 60 mins.
Location: Your classroom.
Cost: Free but bookings are essential.
To book contact: Scott Ogilvie, email: scott.ogilvie@tepapa.govt.nz Ph 021 540 826

Meet some of Te Papa’s curators to learn about some of the specimens in our marine collection. Using our virtual excursion technology, you will join us from your classroom via a video call and be given exclusive behind the scenes access. Students can ask questions directly to our curators as they show some of their favourite collection specimens including crabs, seabirds and fish.

Any specific requirements: You will need a computer with a webcam and microphone to participate in a virtual excursion. A large screen or projector would enhance your viewing experience but is not essential.

More info: www.tepapa.govt.nz/seaweek2018

 

Sea Stories: Showcasing the Sea on Screen

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: Films start at 11:00 and run through until 4:30pm
Location: Te Papa, Soundings Theatre, Level 2.
Cost: Free
Contact: Stephen Moorhouse email: stephen.moorhouse@tepapa.govt.nz Ph 021 544 247

Sit back and relax at Te Papa as we highlight people and places deep below the ocean surface.
Te Papa will be screening three films, including World Champion New Zealand freediver William Trubridge’s ‘Breathe’, as part of a one day film festival showcasing the Sea and those that live with it.

More info: www.tepapa.govt.nz/seaweek2018

 

Beneath the tides – Back of House tours at Te Papa

Dates: Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 March 2018
Time: 11am – 12.30pm
Location: Te Papa Collections Store, Meet at 169 Tory Street (please note this is not at Te Papa on Cable Street)
Cost: Free but bookings are essential.
Contact to book: Stephen Moorhouse email: stephen.moorhouse@tepapa.govt.nz Ph 021 544 247

Join Te Papa experts to explore objects from the marine science collections. From crustacea to cetaceans we have it covered.

More info: www.tepapa.govt.nz/seaweek2018

 

Te Papa Kayak Clean up

Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018
Time: 12 noon – 1.30pm
Location: Fergs on the Water –  Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington 6011
Cost: Free event
Contact: Stephen Moorhouse email: stephen.moorhouse@tepapa.govt.nz Ph 021 544 247

Join Te Papa staff as they help to clean up underneath the Wellington Waterfront Walk. Bring your own kayak or paddle board to get in amongst the shoreline to clean up in those hard to reach spots.

Any specific requirements: sunscreen, Life jacket, kayak and paddle, rubbish bags and gloves will be available but supply is limited so if you have some please bring them along.

More info: www.tepapa.govt.nz/seaweek2018

 

Sea Scouts on Parade!

  

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 11am
Location: 421 Evans Bay Parade, Hataitai, Wellington. Park up near the Coastguard & walk along the road to us if the roadside parking is full.
Cost: Free event
Contact: Inger Deighton inger.deighton@windowslive.com

See the Sea Scouts on parade, let our scouts take you for a row in one of our boats and find out how rising tides are affecting the club.  There will be sausages and baking for sale and displays showing the history of the organisation and plans for the future.
11am: Scouts on Parade,
11.30: Climate Change talk by Dr Helen Bostock, talks from Sea Scouts Hall planning group about how higher tides and storms are affecting their building.

Bring cash, clothes that can get wet and suitable for climbing in the boats.

More info: http://www.britanniaseascouts.org.nz/britannia/our-hall/11-news/49-hall-restoration-project

https://www.facebook.com/Britannia-Sea-Scouts-Wellington-NZ-1545234832153847/

 

Clean up at Kaiwharawhara Estuary

Date: Sunday 4 March 2018
Time: 10am – 12pm noon
Location: Meet at Interisland Ferry Terminal for a Health & Safety brief before we make our way to the estuary.
Cost: Free event
Contact: Amanda Dobson – 0226334151 / ngahononga@gmail.com

It is advisable to wear sturdy footwear, hat & sunblock.
Rubbish bags & gloves will be provided.

 

Watershed Relocation

Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 11am – 2pm
Location: Prince of Wales Park, Mount Cook, Wellington. (Park at Salisbury Terrace entrance to the park, walk up the sealed path (over the bridge) to the top of the hill where we’ll meet by Watersheds current location).
Cost: Free event
Contact: Kemi & Niko, email: Contact@keminiko.com Ph 0220673486

Watershed, our interactive sculpture, watercourse and rain water collector in Prince of Wales Park has become one with nature (namely gorse!) so we’ve found it a better location next to the beautiful Papawai stream. Come along to give us a hand moving the tin channels down the hill and for a splash around in the water.

Bring a picnic and hear from local Artist, Birgit Bachler, on her PhD work exploring the culture and use of waterways. We will talk about the restoration of the Papawai stream and its thriving population of native fish that every year swim all the way up from the ocean to breed.

Specific requirements: wear walking shoes and sunhat. Bring a picnic. Kids and dogs welcome.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/219451545289266/

 

Preschool Story time

Dates and times:
Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 10am at Taita Community Library, 24 Taine St, Taita, Lower Hutt
Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 10.30am at Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, Cnr Queens Drive and Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 10.30am at Wainuiomata Community Library, 1 Queen St, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
Wednesday 7 March, 2018, 10.30am at Naenae Community Library, 341 Cambridge Terrace, Naenae, Lower Hutt
Wednesday 7 March, 2018, 11am at Moera Community Library, 171 Randwick Rd, Moera, Lower Hutt
Wednesday 7 March, 2018, 2pm at Eastbourne Community Library, 29 Rimu St, Eastbourne, Lower Hutt
Thursday 8 March 2018, 10.30am at Petone Community Library, Britannia St, Petone, Lower Hutt
Thursday 8 March 2018, 11am at Stokes Valley Community Library, Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub, 184 Stokes Valley Rd, Lower Hutt

Cost: Free event
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, email: librariesevents@huttcity.govt.nz Ph: (04) 570-6633

Come join us for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana (3-11 March). Preschool Story time is a weekly programme for children aged 2-5 years.

Introducing children to stories from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.

More info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz

 

Sea Week: What’s that thing on my beach?

Dates:
Tuesday 6 March 2018 at Eastbourne Community Library, 29 Rimu St, Eastbourne, Lower Hutt
Thursday 8 March 2018 at Petone Community Library, Britannia St, Petone, Lower Hutt
Time: 3.45pm
Cost: Free event
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, email: librariesevents@huttcity.govt.nz Ph: (04) 570-6633

Ever found something on the beach and had no idea at all as to what it might be? Maybe it’s a jelly-like thing, but doesn’t look like a jellyfish. A strange grey lump that might be natural, or might be a piece of rubbish.

Join us as we look at the kind of things that live in the sea and might turn up on a Hutt City beach with Paula Warren, Chair of Friends of Baring Head.

Everyone who comes along will leave with a booklet that can be used next time you go to the beach!

More info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz

 

Sea Week Children’s Movie: Finding Nemo

 

Dates:

Thursday 8 March at Wainuiomata Community Library, 1 Queen St, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt – CANCELLED
Friday 9 March 2018 at Taita Community Library, 24 Taine St, Taita, Lower Hutt
Time: 3.30pm
Cost: Free event
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, email: librariesevents@huttcity.govt.nz Ph: (04) 570-6633

Celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana (3-11 March) with a very fishy movie – Finding Nemo!

Spaces are limited so arrive early to secure a spot.

More info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz

 

Sea Week Children’s Movie: Finding Dory

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 2pm
Location: Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, Cnr Queens Drive and Woburn Road, Lower Hutt
Cost: Free event
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, email: librariesevents@huttcity.govt.nz Ph: (04) 570-6633

Celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana (3-11 March) with a very fishy movie – Finding Dory!

Spaces are limited so arrive early to secure a spot.

More info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz

 

 

Shore to Sea

Date: Friday 9 March 2018
Time: 9am – 6pm
Location: Cuba Street, Wellington
Cost: Free event
Contact: Sustainability Trust email: laura-kate@sustrust.org.nz Ph: 04 385 0500 (ext 714)

Come and join us on a journey to discover what lurks in our sea and washes up on the shores. Free whanau friendly workshops run throughout the day including make your own tote from a tee, art installation and live puppetry shows. Run by Sustainability Trust in collaboration with Sustainable Coastlines, Waste-ED and Vinnies Re Sew

 

Keeping Our Waterways Clean: Dr Mike Joy

Image: www.millionmetres.org.nz

Date: Thursday 22 March 2018
Time: 6pm
Location: War Memorial Library, Corner Queens Drive and Woburn Rd, Lower Hutt
Cost: Free event
Contact: Hutt City Libraries, email: LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz Ph: (04) 570-6633

Dr. Mike Joy from Massey University is a passionate environmental scientist who is raising awareness of degraded waterways around New Zealand. He will share his experiences around water quality in New Zealand, how it is monitored, and what people do in our daily lives that affect our water quality.

Presenter: Dr Mike Joy, Senior Lecturer in Ecology / Zoology, Massey University

More info: http://library.huttcity.govt.nz

 

 

Marine Metre Squared Workshops

Dates: Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March 2018
Time: 3.45 – 5.45pm
Location: Weds – Porirua School, 21 Awarua Street, Elsdon

Thurs – Paekākariki School, Wellington Rd, Paekākariki
Cost: Free event

Contact: for more information and to reserve a place email Amanda Dobson ngahononga@gmail.com

 

Kupe Landing: Petone Family Day

Date: Saturday 24 February 2018
Time: 12.30 – 6.30pm
Location: Petone Foreshore
Cost: Free event

Join friends and whānau, old and new, for a day of music, food and waka fun on the Petone Foreshore, part two of A Waka Odyssey.

Stand on the beach where the great Pacific explorer Kupe stood more than 700 years ago. Watch a magnificent fleet of waka hourua (traditional double-hulled sailing canoes) and waka taua (war canoes) sail up to shore, as we continue the celebration of waka voyaging and our place in the Pacific.

With the waka landing on the beach, Moana fans and their families can get up close and climb on board. Meet the navigators and their crew and find out more about their journeys, and about star navigation. The party continues all afternoon with live music, DJs, cultural performances, food stalls and more.

Haere mai – Come on Board.

More info: www.festival.co.nz/kupelanding

 

The PURE Tour Public Lecture

 

Date: Thursday 22 February 2018
Time: 4 – 5pm
Location: The Pit, Te Ara Hihiko, Massey University, Wellington

Come and listen to world experts on ocean plastic pollution – Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins discuss:

The nature, size and scope of the ocean plastic pollution problem – a global perspective from 5 Gyres scientific studies.
How this impacts upon coastal communities, enters food systems, and impacts human health
What can be done to circumvent the problem
How to survey beaches for microplastics (great for educators)

More info: https://www.facebook.com/The-Pure-Tour-2018-Aotearoa-the-Pacific-and-Plastics-545604749118295/

 

Victoria University Coastal Ecology Lab (VUCEL) Open Day

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: 396 The Esplanade, Island Bay. On Wellington’s south coast, between Island Bay and Owhiro Bay.
Cost: Free event (sausage sizzle, gold coin donation)
Contact: Jeff Shima, email: jeffrey.shima@vuw.ac.nz Ph: (027) 563-5475

Open to the public only 1 day a year. Take this rare opportunity to tour Victoria University’s coastal research facility on the south coast!

Interactive displays showcasing the diversity of marine biology research that happens on your doorstep!

Touch tanks of marine creatures, see examples of research equipment in action, talk to knowledgeable researchers.

Fun and educational for all ages!

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1578275555542803/

 

 

Smog of the Sea Screening and Korero

 

Date: Sunday 18 February 2018
Time: 4 – 6.30pm
Location: Carterton Events Centre, 50 Holloway St, Carterton.

Really excited to have Nga Hapu Kaitiaki o Wairarapa supported by R2R – Rangatahi to Rangatira hosting the Pure Tour in Wairarapa.

Come along for a screening of Smog of the Sea film showcasing Marcus Erikson’s 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea, studying plastic pollution with a well renowned crew, such as the likes of Jack Johnson and surfers, Keith and Dan Malloy.

Then stick around for a korero with Anna Cummins from the 5 Gyres Institute and plastic waste activist Tina Ngata.

This is a free event, however a koha at the door will be greatly appreciated 🙂

More info: https://www.facebook.com/The-Pure-Tour-2018-Aotearoa-the-Pacific-and-Plastics-545604749118295/

 

Kupe Landing Petone Beach Clean-up

Date: Sunday 25 February 2018
Time: 10am – 12pm noon
Location: Petone Beach
Cost: Free

After the New Zealand Festival’s Kupe Landing family day, held on Saturday 24 February on Petone Foreshore, we are getting together to give some love back to this beautiful beach. Join Sustainable Coastlines, the Petone Beach Clean-up Crew and the Festival team to clean up the Petone Foreshore on Sunday 25 February, 10am–midday.

Register your interest here and be in with the chance to win a Double Pass to a Festival show of your choice*.

  • Meet at the Sustainable Coastlines ‘Education Station’ container at the Hikoikoi Reserve, Petone Beach.
  • 9.30am sign-in and collect equipment
  • 10.00am start!  From there we will split into teams and head out along the coastline.

We will provide (for registered participants only):

  • Reusable Gloves
  • Reusable Bags
  • Refreshments – Water, Juice plus a free Tea and Coffee
  • A Fun, Healthy and Safe Environment

Participants need to bring:

  • Sturdy shoes – this area has some challenging coastal terrain with rocks that can be sharp, loose and slippery. You’ll need closed-toe, sturdy shoes (such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots).
  • Warm and waterproof clothes – New Zealand weather is unpredictable, especially out here. Bring at least one warm top (ideally woollen) and a rain jacket.
  • Sun hat and sun cream.
  • Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
  • Camera (optional) – this is a unique and beautiful location and we would love to see your photos after the event.

Any questions, please contact Programmes Manager – Oliver Vetter at oliver@sustainablecoastlines.org

 

 

 

The Wellington Boat Show 2018

Date: Friday 9 – Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 10am – 4pm daily
Location: Seaview Marina, Seaview, Lower Hutt
Cost: Ticket sales will be via iTicket from January 2018 and also gate sales on event days.
Pre-sale Day Adult Pass $12.00
Gate sale Day Adult Pass $15.00
Children under 12 years Free
Contact: Rachel Binning: 0220-757-090 and Robert Baldock 027 562 3093

The Wellington Boat Show 2018: ‘something for everyone’. Our show will be diverse – marinas (including Seaview Marina and Marlborough Sounds Marinas), boat sellers (including NZ Boat Sales and local boat sellers), health and safety (including MPI and Greater Wellington Regional Council) boat-owners, boat-manufacturers (including Red Hot Marine) vessel maintenance, government (including Maritime NZ), not-for-profit organisations (including CoastGuard), and training and development organisations. There will also be opportunities to give sailing a go.

Come along and meet DOC rangers, Conservation Dogs, take tour of the DOC boat, find out about the coolest marine critters and places around Wellington!

Our show includes a floating jacuzzi to be tried out by the audience – bring your togs and towel if you want to try it out!

We look forward to welcoming you on board during Sea Week!

More info: http://www.wellingtonboatshow.co.nz

 

Imagine Childcare Petone Beach Clean-up

Date: Saturday 3 March 2018
Time: 10am
Location: Petone Beach
Cost: Free
Contact: Mike Polaczuk, email: mike.polaczuk@imaginechildcare.co.nz Ph: (027) 406-2555

To celebrate NZ Sea-Week and Imagine Childcare becoming part of the Enviroschools network we invite whanau and local community to join our beach clean-up.

Meeting at the esplanade carpark, directly across the road from Jessie Street Petone, next to the playground entrance.
Bags and gloves will be supplied.

 

Kāpiti Marine Reserve Community Snorkel Day – SOLD OUT!

Image: Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust Wellington

Date: Sunday 25 February 2018
Time: 7.45am – 4pm
Location: Paraparaumu Beach
Cost: While the event is provided free to the community, there is a ticket charge of $43 per child and $80 per adult (plus eventbrites booking fee) to cover the cost of the Kāpiti Island ferry transport to and from the island where the event is being held.
Contact: via Mountains to Sea Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mountainstoseawellington/

Come and get your snorkel on and experience the underwater wonders of the Kāpiti Marine Reserve and the incredible birdlife and bush of the Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve at this fun, adventurous, family event brought to you by the Mountains to Sea Wellington Trust and Experiencing Marine Reserves with support from the DoC Community Fund and the Guardians of Kāpiti Marine Reserve.

Meeting at the Kāpiti boating club at 7-45am, you will be transported across the Te Rau-o-Te-Rangi channel to Rangatira Point, Kāpiti island on the ferry Te Aihe where your adventure begins….

Once on the island, our snorkel guides will help you explore the spectacular underwater world of the Kāpiti marine reserve where you might see octopus, eagle rays, reef fish such as the Red Moki and Banded Wrasse, Paua, kina, starfish, sea cucumbers and many other interesting and unique NZ marine animals and plants thriving in the reserves protected waters.

After you’ve completed your snorkel adventure you will have plenty of time to relax on the beach or head inland to explore the interior of the island via DoC’s well marked walking tracks that take you through stunning native bush that is teeming with NZ’s most iconic and rare native bird life.

The ferry will return to Rangatira point at 3.30pm ready to take you back to the mainland after your day of incredible adventures in our great big blue and green backyard!

New snorkelers are encouraged. All equipment, guides and safety gear is provided.

This event is organised by the Mountains to Sea Wellington Trust – an endorsed provider of the national Experiencing Marine Reserves programme – in association with the Guardians of Kāpiti Marine reserve and with support from the DoC Community fund.

Note: The minimum age for the snorkeling is 8 years, and children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a snorkeling adult. A reasonable level of fitness is required to participate in this event and participants should be in overall good health. An online participant medical disclosure statement will be required to be completed prior to participating in this event. See your ticket purchase confirmation email for the link to this form.

For more info about Kāpiti marine reserve see http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/wellington-kapiti/places/kapiti-marine-reserve/

For more info about the island see http://www.kapitiislandnaturetours.co.nz/kapiti-island/about-the-island

Please note that there are strict biosecurity requirements that must be adhered to when landing on Kāpiti island. For more information please see http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/know-before-you-go/visiting-pest-free-islands/
Weather updates will also be posted on our Facebook page. Please check on the morning of the snorkel for any updates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cancellation policy – If the ferry cannot sail due to poor weather then the event will be cancelled and a full refund given. In the event that the ferry can sail but the conditions are not suitable for snorkeling (highly unlikely) then the event will still run with shore based marine activities available and the walking tracks all still open for exploration and adventure.

If you are a keen and experienced snorkeller and would like to help the Mountains to Sea Wellington team with this community event please contact volunteer@mtsw.org.nz. Volunteers are needed for this and a number of other community and school programmes over summer.

The programme is delivered by the Mountains to Sea Wellington team – an endorsed provider of the national Experiencing Marine Reserves programme.

Check out mountainstoseawellington.org.

 

Titahi Bay Community Snorkel

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Date: Saturday 17 February 2018
Time: 1 – 5pm
Location: Titahi Bay Rd, Titahi Bay, Wellington
Cost: Free
Contact: via Mountains to Sea Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mountainstoseawellington/

Come and check out life in the bay! Mountain to Sea Wellington snorkel guides look forward to helping you to explore the spectacular underwater world at the Titahi Bay Community Day. New snorkellers are encouraged. We provide all equipment, guides and safety support. Please note the minimum age is 8 years, and children below 16 must be accompanied by a snorkelling adult.

Tours departing at 1.pm, 2pm, 3 pm and 4 pm. We are unable to take bookings for this event – so please meet us on the day and sign up for the next available group.

Weather updates will also be posted on our Facebook page. Please check on the morning of the snorkel for any updates. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are a keen and experienced snorkeller and would like to help the Mountains to Sea Wellington team with this community event please contact volunteer@mtsw.org.nz. Volunteers are needed for this and a number of other community and school programmes over summer.

The programme is delivered by the Mountains to Sea Wellington team – an endorsed provider of the national Experiencing Marine Reserves programme.

Check out mountainstoseawellington.org.

 

Taputeranga Snorkel Trail

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Date: Saturday 10 February 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Taputeranga Marine Reserve, Island Bay
Cost: Free
Contact: via Mountains to Sea Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mountainstoseawellington/

Come and get your snorkel on at the Taputeranga Marine Reserve in Island Bay! Our guides will help you explore the spectacular underwater world of the south coast during the annual community snorkel day. New snorkellers are encouraged. All equipment, guides and safety gear is provided.

Note the minimum age is 8 years, and children below 16 must be accompanied by a snorkelling adult.

Tours depart at 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm and 2.00pm. We are unable to take bookings for this event – so please meet us on the day and sign up for the next available group.

Weather updates will also be posted on our Facebook page. Please check on the morning of the snorkel for any updates. We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are a keen and experienced snorkeller and would like to help the Mountains to Sea Wellington team with this community event please contact volunteer@mtsw.org.nz. Volunteers are needed for this and a number of other community and school programmes over summer.

The programme is delivered by the Mountains to Sea Wellington team – an endorsed provider of the national Experiencing Marine Reserves programme.

Check out mountainstoseawellington.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coastal Restoration Trust Conference

“Resilient Coasts Resilient Communities” at Petone
Pre conference DUNES101 course: 20 March
Main conference 21-23 March
Field trips to Wairarapa: 23-25 March
To register and more information:  https://www.coastalrestorationtrust.org.nz/news-and-events/annual-conference/petone-2018/
Contact: Lyneke Onderwater email: info@coastalrestorationtrust.org.nz Ph: 04 889 2337

 

Moa Point Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours

Dates and times:
Tuesday 6 March: 11.30am-12.30
Tuesday 6 March: 1.30-2.30pm
Thursday 8 March: 11.30am-12.30
Thursday 8 March: 1.30-2.30pm
Location: Moa Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, 127 Stewart Duff Drive, Wellington 6022

Interested in what happens after you flush? Enjoy a guided tour and explanation of how your local wastewater is treated before being discharged.
Suitable for age 11 and over.
Bookings essential. To book go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/moa-point-treatment-plant-tour-tickets-42062281416
You MUST wear covered shoes.
Safety glasses and hi-vis vests will be provided.
For more information contact stuart.pearce2@veolia.com

 

Fidgety Fish

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018
Time: 7.30 – 9.45pm
Location: Battle Hill Farm Forest Park. 610 Paekakariki Hill Road, Porirua, Wellington 5381

Cost: Free

Contact: Catherine Wylde. Email: Catherine.Wylde@gw.govt.nz Ph: (04) 830-4282

In the cool of night join Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) experts as we find out what fish and other water life are in our streams. Watch GWRC staff electrify fish before getting stream-side and having a go at spot-lighting fishing.

Advance bookings are essential for this event. To book go to https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/fidgety-fish-tickets-40887041241

More info: http://www.gw.govt.nz/fidgety-fish/

Check out the full Greater Wellington Great Outdoors programme www.gw.govt.nz/summerevents

 

Beachcomber Explore

Date: Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 2-5pm
Location: East Harbour Regional Park, Baring Head/Orua Pouanui. You can reach Baring Head via Coast Road, Wainuiomata. The park entrance is a 15 minute drive from Wainuiomata.
Cost: Free

Contact: Mark McAlpine, email: eastharbour.ranger@gw.govt.nz Ph: (04) 830-4444

Come and explore the beach with the Friends of Baring Head to learn about what is normally hidden beneath the waves. Local experts will be there to help identify cool creatures and rocks or anything in between.

Bookings essential, max 35 people. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/sea-week-beachcomber-explore-tickets-41098767520

Moderate fitness required. Bring strong footwear, warm clothes, jacket, hat, sun protection, lunch and a water bottle.

More info: http://www.gw.govt.nz/sea-week-beachcomber-explore/

 

Explore Whitireia Coast Snorkel

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Dates: Saturday 3 March and Sunday 11 March 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm
Location: Whitireia Park, Thornley Street Entrance
Cost: Free

Contact: via Mountains to Sea Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mountainstoseawellington/

Come snorkel with Mountains to Sea Wellington Conservation Trust and GWRC to explore the mesmerising marine life found in the coastal waters around Whitireia Park. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be able to swim 50 metres.

Snorkel sessions leave approximately every hour on the hour between 10am and 2pm (we advise you to turn up half an hour early to secure your place anytime between 9.30 and 1.30). This event finishes at 3pm.

For cancellations on the day (due to poor weather) please check the Greater Wellington Regional Council Facebook page, or phone 0800 496 734 after 8am.

Bring togs and a towel, hat, sunblock and water. Everything else is provided.

 

Ocean Acidification Teacher Workshop Wellington

Monday 6 November 2017 from 1.30 – 3.30pm at Wellington College, 15 Dufferin Street, Basin Reserve, Wellington.

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 marine-studies@otago.ac.nz or phone 03 479 5826.

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

 

 

 

 

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Huge congratulations to the fantastic Professor Rochelle Constantine who has won The Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her amazing work with cetaceans. So well deserved!

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Congratulations to Associate Professor Rochelle Constantine from the School of Biological Sciences! She has won the inaugural Sir Peter Blake Trust environment award for her work in marine research and conservation.
Associate Professor Constantine's work on a campaign to increase protections for whale populations within the Hauraki Gulf led to slower speeds for large vessels which has dramatically reduced the number of whales injured or killed by ship strike. She has been instrumental in leading a number of initiatives for expanded protection for humpback whales and Māui’s dolphin including revision of guidelines for international dolphin-watch tourism. She was also a strong advocate for the creation of a marine reserve at the Kermadec Islands.
Check out the video below to see some of Rochelle's marine research in action.
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