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Zoe Luffman

Zoe Luffman

13 year old Zoe Luffman has been looking after the environment since she was seven, inspired to take action after observing the rubbish on her local beach. She been an active member of CKNZ (Conservation Kids NZ) for 7 years, the last couple in more of a leadership role helping out with activities for the… Continue Reading

Gabrielle Dalton-Wilson

Gabrielle Dalton-Wilson

The following piece of writing by Gabrielle that was published in her school newsletter sums up Gabrielle: The Seas Future Dolphins and whales are amazing creatures. I watch whales and dolphins from my home by the sea. Dr Mels Barton came to our school and told us about the challenges sealife face in their home.… Continue Reading

Tania Bramley

Tania Bramley

Tania Bramley is the volunteer Education Coordinator and Secretary of the Maketu Ongotoro Wetlands Society. Tania is a Marine Biologist with a passion for her local Maketu environment and her community. In the past two years, she has successfully engaged three schools in an interactive education programme that involves lessons with local experts in the… Continue Reading

Whāingaroa Environment Centre

Whāingaroa Environment Centre

Whāingaroa Environment Centre (WEC) was started in 1997 by a group of locals concerned about erosion and other environmental problems in, and around Whāingaroa (Raglan) Harbour. The Whaingaroa Environment Catchment Plan was developed from five years of community discussions and meetings, aimed at creating a sustainable environment. One of the recommendations of the plan was… Continue Reading

Saltwater Eco

Saltwater Eco

Saltwater Eco is a social enterprise that bridges the gap between recreation and conservation offering a saltwater connection through surfing and snorkelling platforms. The concept and ethos that surround Salt as we affectionately call Saltwater Eco, is quite literally an extension of the co-founders, Kirst and Lyds. Some people develop their connection with the natural world… Continue Reading

Experiencing Marine Reserves – Otago

Experiencing Marine Reserves – Otago

Experiencing Marine Reserves is a national organisation that empowers 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 into a fully-protected marine reserve. After this experience, students are able to compare unprotected and protected areas and… Continue Reading

Elm Wildlife Tours

Elm Wildlife Tours

Elm Wildlife tours provide an outstanding ecotourism service on the Otago Peninsula and through tourism they privately fund conservation efforts to save the Yellow eyed penguins and other NZ species. They are an Ocean Champion because they put the wellbeing of the animals over profit. They could buy more buses and take more people to… Continue Reading

Peter Young

Peter Young

Ten years ago as a freelance documentary cameraman, Peter was invited to film the wildlife in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, widely regarded as the most pristine stretch of ocean on the planet. He was so moved by his experience in this remote and remarkable corner of the world that when he discovered a recently established toothfish… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Eamon Walsh

Eamon is best described as a budding young scientist. He has worked tirelessly with many groups and organisations demonstrating how to best use scientific ideas to help protect both sea life and the marine environment that they live in. Eamon is a keen scientist and has expanded on his scientific interests through many science forums.… Continue Reading

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