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Seaweek 2019 Competitions

National Competitions

Regional Competitions


Department of Conservation (Auckland) Sea Week Competition – What’s your favourite Auckland marine species?

Vote on our Facebook polls each day this Seaweek and be in to win!
Every vote puts you in the draw to win double pass to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium (RRP $78) OR a Family Pass to Rangitoto Island Volcanic Explorer Tour with Fullers360 – Experiences & Cruises (RRP $189).
Competition terms & conditions here.

EMR Seaweek Video Competition

Photo: EMR Darryl Torkler

Experiencing Marine Reserves promoting marine conservation in your backyard!
Your clip should cover:
1. how to get to your local marine reserve, protected area or proposed protected area
2. marine reserve rules – no fishing of any kind and no removal of anything – completely no take
3. cover off some safety information – such as snorkelling with a dive buddy (staying close at all times and being alert to any hazards for example)
4. the kind of marine life that is in the reserve/protected area or proposed site and why the site needs you support!
Wettie snorkel gear prizes to be won!
Upload your clip before 31st March to

Fish4all Seaweek National Photo Competition

This year, Fish4all together with Sea Week is running an exciting photo competition to help build a fish identification feature and at the same time:

  1. Promote the use of the Fish4all Recreational Fishing App.
  2. Raise awareness about shared sustainable fisheries and how data supports management.
  3. Promote the use of technology to simplify the data collecting process.

Submit your photos to by 5pm, Sunday 31 March 2019. Queries welcome to the same email. The competition is open to all primary, intermediate and secondary schools in New Zealand. You can enter as an individual student or as a class.

Photos criteria

  1. Submit photos of any fish caught in NZ.
  2. Submit photos of different species of fish.
  3. Submit photos of the same species of fish.
  4. Don’t submit multiple photos of the same fish.
  5. Photos of fish can include other background (i.e. hanging of the rod, people holding it etc).
  6. Each photo must not be larger than 15MB.

The Fish4all team will assign points to each photo based on the following point system:

Fish species: Points:
Snapper, Kahawai, Tarakihi, Bluecod, Spotties, Crayfish, Paua 5
Gurnard, Tuna, Kingfish, Pilchard, Shark 10
Butterfish, Groper, Sea Perch, John Dory, Flatfish 15
Mackerel, Leather Jacket, Bluenose 20
Others 25



1st prize: A sustainable seafood BBQ cooked for the whole class, at the school at a mutually agreed time.
2nd prize: Bodyglove prize pack, Fish4all branded hat and Sammy plush toy.
3rd prize: Bodyglove prize pack, Fish4all branded hat and Sammy plush toy.


All photos entered become the property of Fish4all and NZAEE Seaweek and may be used for promotional purposes.
The judges decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.


Fish4all is the social enterprise behind the free recreational fishing smartphone Fish4all App. It’s a fun and practical fishing tool.
Fish4all is building a fish identification feature, so users can easily identify & measure the fish, and therefore put back or keep any fish according to the NZ fishing rules.
Fish4all needs your help to build this feature!
We require a huge dataset of fish photos to analyse. The photos will be used create to the classification model, so the more photos we have the more accurate it is!

Canterbury Seaweek Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition: There’s something about being a New Zealander… we’re drawn to the sea! The ocean, its moods and the life it nurtures have been themes of poetry for many.
Write a poem that reflects the theme of Seaweek Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas and be in to win fabulous sea-themed prizes.
• Pre-school /ECE + Primary Years 1-4 – a class collective acrostic poem* using either the words ‘Our Oceans’ or ‘Tātou Mōana’
• School Individual – Years 5-8 + Years 9-13
• Adult Individual open category
• Te Reo Individual (All ages but please state age if under 20)
Free entry
1. Entries close at 5.00pm on Monday 11th March 2019, & must be received before this time & all entries must be uploaded using
2. Please do not write your name, age or residency on the same sheet as your poems, as they will be judged anonymously.
3. Please enter your details including name, address, telephone number, email address, plus the title(s) of your poem(s) into the online form.
4. Entries are limited to 6 entries per ECE or school, or 2 per person in Open & Te Reo categories.
5. Entries should be in English or Te Reo, typed & submitted online in PDF format. Please DO NOT illustrate your poem.
6. Entries must fit on a single A4 page, be 400 words or less & be written to reflect the theme of Seaweek 2019.
7. Judging will take place between 12-16th March with the winners notified shortly after. winning entries will be displayed from the 18-30 March at a central venue (TBC) & via Facebook + The School for Young Writers website.
8. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant & must never have been published, self-published, published on any public website or broadcast, nor placed in any other competition.
9. Entrants will also need to tick the consent box in the online entry form to give authorisation for poem/s to be placed on the Seaweek, Environment Canterbury & School for Young Writers Facebook & website.
10. The competition is open to anyone except the judges & organiser of the competition.
More info:

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