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Sea Week

We challenged everyone who attended a Seaweek 2019 event to submit an Event Report and tell us what they thought about it. Thanks to everyone who took the time to do that, we get some really useful data that we use to let our sponsors know how successful Seaweek is.

We did a prize draw from all those entries and the winner of the Participant Evaluation prize is Vicki Smith from Nelson who attended the EMR Cable Bay Snorkel Day.

The winning Event Coordinator is Jenny Baker from Napier who organised the Hawkes Bay Beach Clean-up.

The winning Regional Coordinator is Nataalia Lunson from DOC in Bay of Plenty West who put on a fantastic programme of events in her first year as a Seaweek Regional Coordinator.

All our winners will receive a copy of Sally Carson & Rod Morris's fantastic book The Collins Guide to the New Zealand Seashore, which is a must have for every home & classroom. Congratulations everyone! Huge thanks to HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand for donating the books for us to give away.
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AUCKLAND

FN-Logo-Full-Colour-CMYK_0There will be lots of Seaweek 2019 events happening in Auckland and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Auckland Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Mels Barton – email: mels@subliminal.co.nz, phone 021 213 7779

 

If you attend a Seaweek 2019 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.

 

Auckland Seaweek 2019 Events:

 

Motu Manawa Snorkel Days

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April 2019, at Eric Armishaw Park Play Ground, 117 Walker Road, Pt Chevalier, Auckland

Explore one of the hidden gems of the Hauraki Gulf, one of our most visited marine reserves with experienced kayak guide. You never know what you might spot! Kayak through mangrove forests. Fun for the whole whanau – recommended for children over 7.

Children under 13 need an adult companion. Registrations are essential. Only 48 spots available per day. Sea conditions permitting. Participation by koha/donation.

When: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of April 2019

Saturday Sessions are 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm
Sunday Sessions are 12.00pm, 1.30pm, 3.00pm

Early access to those in the Albert-Eden Ward – Check out the Mt Albert Community Page for the code or send an email to auckland@emr.org.nz with your address for the code. General registrations will open on the 29th of March.

Where: Eric Armishaw Reserve, Pt Chevalier
Bring: Footwear for kayaking. Spare change of clothes.
Lifejackets are provided

This event is funded by The Albert-Eden Local Board with the support of The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation and Auckland Sea Kayaks.

 

 

King Tide Countdown

Saturday 23 March 2019, 9am at Orewa Bridge, 214 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland.

Join us from 9:00AM this Saturday as we countdown to the king tide!
Learn about the new tide gauge installed by the Auckland King Tides Initiative at Orewa Bridge with support from the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board.

 

 

Rotoroa Island Snorkel Day

Saturday 6 April 2019, 8am – 9.30pm at Rotoroa Island

Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the annual Rotoroa Snorkel Day. Snorkel and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket!

Ever wondered what lives under the water at Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf? Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for a snorkel with our experienced guides and get FREE mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit hire. Ferry tickets are from $18-45 each + a booking fee. Safe fun for the whole whanau!

See baby parore, spotties and triplefins.

When: Saturday 6th of April

Ferry leaves from Auckland CBD ferry building at 8:45am
You need to arrive at the ferry building by 8:15am at the latest.

What: Snorkelling at Ladies Bay (weather dependent), walks around the pest free island and a picnic lunch on the beach!
Where: Rotoroa, ferry is arriving at the wharf and leaving from the Auckland viaduct.
Parking: Limited in Auckland CBD – I would recommend catching public transport.

What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes, raincoat, water bottles, walking shoes, a picnic lunch.

Suitable for children aged 5 and above.

This event was sponsored by The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is run with the assistance of the Rotoroa Island Trust.

Please note that the ferry ticket is non-refundable – and the trip will run rain or shine! Our snorkel location will be Ladies Bay or Maimai – Dependent on the weather. If you are late and miss the ferry unfortunately there are no refunds.

Check out our frequently asked questions here

 

 

 

Living with Leopard Seals

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 6pm at Outboard Boating Club, 7 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland

Auckland and Northland have been home to a resident leopard seal for over three years. This seemingly unusual occurrence has had a lot of people scratching their heads wondering why an animal usually found in Antarctica is sunning itself on our shores. The scientists who formed leopardseals.org had the same questions and have made some astounding discoveries about leopard seals in New Zealand waters. Join master’s student and leopardseals.org research assistant Giverny Forbes to learn more about leopard seals, their presence in New Zealand and the research being done to investigate how we can share these shores with these incredible animal’s. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes followed by a questions and answers session.

 

 

 

Beach clean of Cornwallis

Monday 4 March 2019, 3.30pm at Cornwallis Beach.

The Laingholm Kindergarten are off to clean Cornwallis Beach.

Wear gardening gloves and a sunhat.

Free event.

 

 

Things in the Sea Are Touching Me – Free Children Book Launch

Saturday 16 March 2019, 10.30am – 12 noon at the Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland CBD.

Ellen Melville Centre and little Unity present
Some THING in the sea is TOUCHING ME!’

You’ll squawk, screech, yelp… and laugh out loud at the surprises for all on this funny-sunny family day at the beach.

Things in the Sea are Touching Me is the debut picture book from Linda-Jane Keegan, and we warmly invite you to come along to an event to celebrate its publication. There will be sea-themed activities for the little critters, as well as exciting readings and speeches for the book’s official send-off into the wide world. An NZSL interpreter will be at the event.

 

 

Rotoroa Island Family Day

Saturday 2 March 2019, 8.45am – 5.15pm

This is the perfect chance to bring your family to an island paradise, and kids go free on the ferry! You can explore four beautiful beaches and look for takahē, tieke, weka, as well as many other threatened New Zealand species.

> Join a family day guided nature walk to learn about how we keep Rotoroa Island predator free, and it’s the best opportunity to see our special wildlife. This is a one hour walk that only costs $10 for adults, and kids are for free*

> Visit a beach – Men’s Bay, Ladies’ Bay, Mai Mai Bay and Cable Bay. They are great for picnics and a swim.

> Make sure you grab an ecosystem fandeck and note the wildlife plants you see on the island. The kids can be junior scientists as they discover our unique flora and fauna.

Note:
One free kids per paying adult
Our regular guided nature walks will be replaced by special family-friendly 1-hour guided walks which we’ll run throughout the day. Bookings essential.

DATE: Sat 2 March 2019
BOOKINGS: http://websitestaging.fullers.co.nz/whats-on/rotoroa-island-family-day/

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GETTING HERE

360 Discovery ferries depart from downtown Auckland to Rotoroa Island at 8.45am every morning.

The trip takes just over an hour, with a stop-off at Waiheke’s Orapiu wharf on the way to Rotoroa Island.

You can also get to Rotoroa Island by ferry from Coromandel.

To get free tickets for your child (one child per paying adult), you need to call up Fullers. Find all the information here: https://www.rotoroa.org.nz/experience/familyday2019

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WHAT TO BRING

– Your own food and plenty of water as there are no shops on the island
– Walking shoes, sunblock and a sun hat

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CANCELLATIONS

While unlikely to cancel unless terrible weather, here’s how you can be sure it’s going ahead. Check our website or Facebook page where we’ll post a cancellation notification.

If you are unsure, please call the island’s duty phone on the morning of the volunteer day: 09 283 0849.

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BIOSECURITY INFORMATION
Before you visit please:
– Check your bags thoroughly for rodents, insects (especially ants) and other pests prior to boarding the ferry
– All bags must be SEALED – plastic bags, open top bags and supermarket bags are easy for pests to access so please leave these at home
– Carry food in sealed, rodent proof plastic containers and take your rubbish home
– Check your footwear is clean and that there is no soil or seeds in laces or treads
– Leave your bicycle at home and if you’re bringing a buggy, make sure your tyre treads aren’t packed with dirt or insects
– Leave your dog on board your vessel if visiting by boat as no dogs or domestic animals are permitted as they may endanger the island’s wildlife, particularly shore birds

 

 

 

Karen Baird: Forest & Bird Seabird Advocate

Photo: Juan Fernandez

 

Thursday 21 March 2019, 7.30 – 9pm at Kelston Community Centre, corner of Great North Road and Awaroa Road, Kelston.

Before Karen started her role with Forest & Bird, she worked at, among other places, the Ministry of Fisheries. She will share her knowledge of (the absence of) fish management practices influence our seabirds: from albatrosses to penguins. At a recent North Island gathering, Karen showed the audience what fish quota are based on and why they mostly don’t work. Karen’s talk will not only be engaging, it will definitely open your eyes about our current practices and what needs to change to keep our seas in shape.

Free event.

Contact: Liz Anstey, email: lizanstey@hotmail.com

 

 

 

LATE: Taiātea – Gathering of Oceans

Monday 11 March 2019, 6 – 9pm at Auckland Museum, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland

Marine Ecology – lost, found and sustained. Significant and worsening threats to marine environments mean that urgent, internationally coordinated action to protect the global ocean is essential. With this theme, LATE at Auckland Museum will examine post-anthropocentric and indigenous worldviews side by side. If we shift our focus on indigenous governance of biodiversity, natural and cultural connectivity and modern science, could it guide us towards more sustainable futures?

This panel discussion will delve into how human action affects the marine environments, how and why research is being blocked by government agencies and attempt to inspire innovative future problem-solving, as well as new ways of engaging with our moana.

Food and drink available.

Cost: $25-30 bookings advised. Book here.

 

Bill Ballantine Memorial Lecture: Changing ecology in a changing ocean

Photo: P. Caiger

 

Thursday 7 March 2019, 7pm at the University of Auckland, Owen Glen Lecture Theatre 4 in the Sir Owen Glen Building, 12 Grafton Rd, Auckland.
Understanding the impacts of environmental change has become one of the key challenges of our time. Long-term ecological and environmental data is crucial in understanding how much our natural world has changed, and why.  This year’s Bill Ballantine Memorial lecture will involve presentations from three marine ecologists on long-term changes in coastal ecosystems from Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“The changing ecology of rocky shorelines, from Canada to New Zealand” Professor Chris Harley (University of British Columbia)  

Using historical and long-term ecological data Dr Harley will describe how rocky shores on the Pacific coast of North America have been impacted by climate change. He will also discuss ongoing ecological change on New Zealand rocky shores by comparing data collected in the last few months to older studies, including work done by Bill Ballantine himself.

“Species on the move and the tropicalisation of Australia’s Great Southern Reef” Associate Professor Adriana Verges (University of New South Wales)

Dr Verges will explain the large-scale changes occurring as a result of climate change in temperate Australia, and specifically how the arrival of tropical species is changing the ecology of the Great Southern Reef.

“Long-term warming and heatwaves in New Zealand waters: tropicalisation or homogenisation?” Associate Professor Nick Shears (University of Auckland)

Using long-term seawater temperature data collected from the Leigh and Portobello marine laboratories Dr Shears will explain how warming trends and the occurrence of heatwaves varies around New Zealand and what this might mean for our coastal ecosystems.

The lecture will be followed by the presentation of the Seaweek Ocean Champion awards.

Event sponsored by the University of Auckland.

 

 

Oneroa Beach Clean Up Fun

Sunday 10 March 2019, 9 – 11am at Oneroa Beach, Waiheke Island

Join Plastic Free Pantry, Island Waste Collective and Waiheke Island Dive for another sensational beach clean up on our beautiful motu.

This time we’re hitting Oneroa, meeting at big O at 9am (in front of the toilet block). You’ll get free coffee, cakes and briefing before we head out to clean. Be sure to click going on the Facebook event below so we can cater for you!

This date coincides with the last day of Sea Week so it will be a great event to support, bring your friends and family and togs for a swim afterwards. Meet like minded people. See ya there!

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/989325311265849/

 

 

Newshoots Eastern beach clean up

Saturday 9 March 2019, 9 -10am at Eastern Beach, Howick. Meet opposite the playground

Come along help us to clean up Eastern Beach.

Please bring a bag or bucket to collect your rubbish, shoes, hat, sunscreen, drink (& snacks).

Newshoots will provide gloves and big bags to take the rubbish away in.

Free event.

Contact: Bridget Hackett, email: bridgeth@newshoots.co.nz

 

 

 

Goat Island Snorkel Day

Saturday 16 March 2019, 10am – 3pm at Goat Island Discovery Centre, Leigh

Explore the waters of Goat Island by snorkel. Find huge snapper, silver drummer and elusive crayfish.
Fun for the whole whanau.

This event is funded by the The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is part of Seaweek.

When: 10am – 3pm (arrive and register any time between 10am and 2:30pm)
Back up date of Saturday 23rd of March 2019
Where: Grassed area on the way up to the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre. Please park in the top carpark and walk down.
NO DOGS AT GOAT ISLAND.

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

This event is donate to participate – either cash on the day, online or by donating your time in volunteering on future events.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://www.emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx_2.pdf

 

 

Rotoroa Island Takahe Recovery Talk

Saturday 9 March 2019, 3pm at Rotoroa Island. Ferry leaves 8.45am and returns 5.15pm.

We are celebrating 70 years since takahē discovery!

That’s why we would like to invite you to join us for a special talk (and walk) to celebrate this huge milestone on Saturday, March 9. Our ecologist Jo Ritchie will give an introduction and discussion into one of our most unique and endangered endemic species.

With only 376 takahē in existence, they are threatened and vulnerable. However, since they were rediscovered in 1948 after they were thought to be extinct, huge efforts by DoC’s Takahe Recovery Programme has gone into studying them, and the threats to their survival. This has included manipulating wild nests and eggs, artificially incubating eggs, captive breeding, and predator control. All to make sure the takahē is never again threatened with extinction.

We’ll share both the latest on the recovery programme across NZ and the practical side of Rotoroa Island’s role in protecting this special species.

Special mention will be given to our resident takahē on Rotoroa island, and the latter part of this talk will involve tracking some individuals using telemetry in order for visitors to (hopefully) get a rare opportunity to view these birds ‘up close and personal’. If you are lucky you may spot the newest and cutest member of our resident family feeding with the adults.

DATE: Saturday 9 March 2019 (make sure you choose this date when buying ferry tickets)
TIME: 3pm
COST: Talk is free, usual ferry prices apply.
BOOKINGS: Book your ferry ticket on Fullers360 website. No booking required for the talk.

(This image of the takahē was taken by James Gow Photography)

 

 

Beach Clean-up, Eastern Beach

Saturday 2 March 2019, 9.30 – 11.30am at Eastern Beach, Howick, Auckland

Come and join McLeans College Environment Group for a Big Beach Clean-up to celebrate Seaweek and protect our seas from summer picnic rubbish.
Meet at the Southern end of the beach under the Pohutukawa trees.

 

 

Onehunga Festival

Saturday 23 February 2019, 10.30am – 3pm at Onehunga Bay Reserve on Beachcroft Avenue.

Come along to the Onehunga Bay Reserve with your family for a great day of entertainment, activities, food, stalls and fun.

Headline act for the festival is pioneer Pasifika hip hop artist Che Fu who promises to bring his energy and enthusiasm that makes him one of New Zealand’s most successful recording artists. Joining Che are the recent winners of the RNZ Battle of the Cover Bands White Chapel Jak. Their eclectic sound will ensure the stage will be humming with their take on classic tracks. Festival favourites Cook Island performers Anuanua are back again, and many more on the stage. Our MC for this year is King Homeboy who will beatbox is way into your hearts.

Free amusements include face painting, bouncy castles, water walkers, cannonball blaster, jump slide, bouncer maze, climbing wall, Old MacDonald’s Farm petting zoo, balloon twisting and a Circus Fun Zone!

Food stalls include Onehunga Bites pop-up eatery with tastes from some of Onehunga’s cafes and bakeries, Miso-Ra, Mama’s dumplings, WISE catering, and Sisi’s Pastry.

Other stalls will host some of Onehunga’s great community groups including the playgroup and community house, plus you can get a free chiropractic check or have a free Well Woman smear test.

On the water, the Aotea Sea Scouts will give you the opportunity to try your hand at kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding.

The YMCA will have some equipment to put you through your paces and the Onehunga Football Club will have a small pitch set up to test out your skills.

Consider riding your bike to the event. We are looking to provide bike valet parking and will have a free bike mechanic on-site.

There’s so much more fun to be explored at the 2019 Onehunga Festival so come along on 23 February to enjoy!

Thanks to our sponsors:
– Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board
– Onehunga Business Association
– Panuku Development Auckland
– Mercury
– Dress-Smart
– AT Community Bike Fund
– Parkinson & Bouskill
– Denise Lee MP

And support from our community including:
– Onehunga Community Patrol
– Kiwianis
– Onehunga Council of Social Services
– Onehunga Community News
– The 312 Hub

 

 

Cornwallis Clean-up, Eco-Education Hub and Sand Sculpture Competition

Photo: Jacqui Geux

 

Saturday 2 March 2019, 10am – 3pm with Sand Sculpture Competition starting at 11.30am

Location: Cornwallis Beach, Pine Ave entrance off Huia Rd, Waitakere Ranges.

Join the Seaweek crew at Cornwallis for a family activity day. Free event.

From 10am you can register for the Manukau Harbour clean-up at Cornwallis and take your team to any spot you like along the northern Manukau coast. Return your gloves and rubbish to Cornwallis and join us for a BBQ free for participants.

There will be a number of eco-education stalls to browse and learn about our environment and how to stay safe in the water.

From 11.30am you can register for the Sand Sculpture Competition on the beach with a range of fantastic prizes to be won including a kayak worth $800 thanks to the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust and Canoe & Kayak. The theme for your sculpture is “Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas”

Judging will take place at 2pm.

Three categories:

  • Children sculpture under 16 years old
  • Adult sculpture
  • Family/group of adults and children sculpture
  • Plus the People’s Choice award – popular vote

Thanks to our sponsors the Waitakere Ranges Local Board, Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust, Canoe & Kayak, Kilwell Sports, Harper Collins Publishers, Sustainable Coastlines, Sea Cleaners and Friends of Regional Parks.

              

 

 

 

 

Mission Bay Clean-up & Contest

Saturday 2 March 2019, 10am – 2pm at Mission Bay

Hi Ocean lovers!

💦 Join us for our Sea week event in Auckland, in Mission Bay, we will collect rubbish on the shore but also on the sea!
Bring along what you can: paddle boards, kayak, snorkels … and lets make this coast plastic free! ✌️

🐬Contest 🐬
We will also giveaway some tote bags of our partners in Re-think & Re-use, for the people finding the most outrageous rubbish on the beach!

🌴Where : Mission Bay Beach, just find the Our Seas Our Future Banner (we will keep you updated on the day of the event)

🕙 When : High tide is at 9 so we can start around 10, but you can start anytime after that, just come to say hi 🙂

🚎 How to get there: Just take the Tamaki link from Britomart (15mins), or other buses. If you come with a car we can organise a carpooling 🙂

👉 What to bring ? SUNSCREEN, Water, anything you like to go on the water (kayak, paddle ….), gloves, and your best smile 🤗

🦀 You will also discover our Adopt a Coast program: beach clean ups and citizen science !

Sea you there! 🐠🦈🔥💦

PS: Also, Our Seas Our Future is looking for more volunteers !
It’s also the occasion to come and meet us if you didn’t already! So if you want to get involved dont hesitate to get in touch with us 🙂

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2053494418052903/

 

UN World Wildlife Day 2019

Saturday 2 March 2019, 12 noon to 4pm at Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland.

Each year the UN World Wildlife Day (WWD) is recognised on 3 March
This year the theme for WWD is ‘Life below water: for people and planet’

The event for WWD 2019 will be held at Kelly Tarlton’s (KT’s) on Saturday 2 March, it will include:
– a colouring in competition
– a word finder and quiz
– WWD themed cotton bag giveaways
– CITES themed bag-tag and pen giveaways
– a display table near the ‘Rocky Pool’ exhibit with items from CITES listed marine species
– a video display that explains the CITES work done in New Zealand
– two CITES Rangers and CITES Intern onsite at KT’s to talk to and discuss CITES and WWD
– a Toyota Kiwi Guardians adventure to complete so you can claim a medal www.doc.govt.nz/kiwiguardians

Cost: Usual admission fee to Kelly Tarlton’s – $32 per adult & $22 per child

Contact: Avi Narula, email: anarula@doc.govt.nz Ph: (027) 236-7118

More info: http://wildlifeday.org/

 

Mokohinau Adventure Snorkel

Saturday 2 March 2019, 8.30am – 6pm at Mokohinau Islands

Travel to the Mokohinau Islands for Experiencing Marine Reserves’ second Outer Hauraki Gulf Trip. Only 10 spots available

Check out the information sheet here

When: Saturday 2nd of March 2019
Back up date of Sunday the 17th of March.

What: Join EMR and Gulf Eco Adventures for a guided snorkel and tour to the Mokohinau Islands. We will be leaving from Sandspit and travelling 2hrs out to the Mokes for a day of snorkeling and exploration by SUP and kayak.

Where: Mokohinau Islands, leaving from Sandspit Wharf

Cost: $145pp

How to get on the trip – follow the get tickets link and express your interest. Entries will close on the 20th of February at 12pm. 10 lucky participants will be chosen to purchase tickets.

Please note that this trip has been heavily subsidised and is intended for participants that wouldn’t be able to afford it at the full cost of $225pp.

 

 

Family Event Beach Clean-up @ Shakespear

Sunday 3 March 2019, 10 – 11.30am. Meet at Te Haruhi Bay by the old Ranger’s Office at Shakespear Regional Park.

Shakespear Open Sanctuary is surrounded by the sea. We have three beautiful beaches plus a variety of coastal birds and marine life. For Seaweek SOSSI would like to provide an opportunity for families to participate in volunteering for the Sanctuary. There’s also a bit of fun thrown in for the children.

Here’s what we’ll do on the day….

  • Care for our coastal environment by having a beach clean-up
  • Discover sea creatures in Shakespear’s rock pools
  • Learn why rubbish is bad for the ocean and what we can do to help
  • Spot some of our local wildlife
  • Children can gain a Seaweek certificate for making a difference

This is a family event so parents/caregivers must stay and supervise their children at all times

Where: Meet at Te Haruhi Bay by the old Ranger’s Office at Shakespear Regional Park

When: 10am Sunday 3 March (approx finish 11.30am)

What to wear: sturdy shoes, sunhat, sunblock, dress for the weather

Wet weather cancellation: via SOSSI Facebook page by 8am on the day.

Please register your interest on our SOSSI Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/2207948116189800/

Donations to Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society Inc (SOSSI) welcome

http://www.sossi.org.nz/support-us/donate/

 

Onehunga Foreshore Clean-up with Hirepool & Fishing & Adventure

Saturday 9 March 2019, 9am – 1pm at Taumanu Reserve, Seacliff Rd, Onehunga

In support of Seaweek 2019, Hirepool, Fishing & Adventure and Sustainable Coastlines are getting together for a beach clean up of the Onehunga Foreshore on the Manukau Harbour on March 9.

We’d love you to join us for a fun family morning and help with the issues caused by coastal rubbish.

Scott and Mig from Fishing and Adventure will be there on the day to take part and have some good fishing chat. Arrive at 9am on Saturday 9 March at Taumanu Reserve, Seacliff Road, Onehunga and we’ll arm you with a reusable rubbish sack and gloves to get going.

Once the clean up is done, we’ll have the Hirepool Sizzle Shack BBQ cranking with some snarlers and ice-cold Phoenix Organic drinks to fuel you up after your efforts.

What to bring:

  • Closed-toe sturdy shoes, such as sneakers, sports shoes or tramping boots are required for participation. Gumboots are not allowed.
  • Warm and waterproof clothes:
  • Sun hat and other sunsmart gear.
  • Sunglasses
  • Reusable water bottle (filled-up and ready to go).
  • Snacks
  • Camera (optional). Use #loveyourcoast on social media or email to camden@sustainablecoastlines.org

What we’ll provide:

  • Reusable rubbish sacks and gloves
  • Drinking and hand washing water
  • Sunblock, hand sanitiser and soap
  • Health and Safety briefing and documents
  • First aid kits and first aid trained staff
  • A fun, healthy and safe environment
  • Refreshments and BBQ afterwards

For more information, please email Fletcher on fletcher@sustainablecoastlines.org

Register to participate herehttp://sustainablecoastlines.org/event/seaweek-onehunga-foreshore-clean-up-with-hirepool/

 

 

Marine Metre Squared rocky shore excursion with Kelly Tarlton’s and Ocean Youth

Saturday 16 February 2019

Ocean Youth is a new conservation education program being run by the SEA LIFE Trust. It is not for profit and aims to provide participants with the tools they need to make a real difference with their passion for the marine environment and conservation over the course of the year www.oceanyouth.org

Join Ocean Youth for a day of intertidal discovery! Ocean Youth has teamed up with Marine Metre Squared to run a citizen science experience at Kohimarama Beach. Qualified marine biologists will lead the charge through the rocky shore – introducing the animals that live there, providing insight into the day-to-day lives of the intertidal communities as well as demonstrating how we can all collect valuable data from our local shorelines. www.mm2.net.nz

This event is perfect for 12-18 year olds who are interested in learning more about the marine environment, are passionate about conservation, keen to meet like-minded people – or who simply love our beaches.

Following the shore excursion, ticket holders are invited to attend a data entry session at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s. This session completes the citizen science experience – having collected and shared the valuable data from our local rocky shore. Tickets holders that have attended the data entry session are welcome to find even more inspiration within SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s with free entry to the attraction!

Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Entry to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s is only permitted for ticket holders that have attended both the shore excursion and data entry session – entry only valid on the 16/02/2019.

We are happy to offer this first event at a discount – using the promo code OCEANYOUTH this full day event is only $17.50 (plus a booking fee). The sale of tickets will go towards the running costs and equipment used for the surveys.

Bookings are essential. Book here: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2019/ocean-youth-shore-excursion-with-marine-metre-squared/auckland/kohimarama/tickets

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/555459641638060/

Contact: Emma Fergusson, email: Emma.Ferguson@kellytarltons.co.nz  Ph: 021 890 837

 

 

Grey-faced Petrels on the West Coast

Photo: Juan Fernandez www.pelagicodyssey.ca

 

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 7pm at the Arataki Centre.

Hear all about 30 years of research on the grey-faced petrels surviving on the islands and headlands of the West Coast near Bethells. Graeme Taylor, DOC’s petrel expert, who also identified petrel colonies on Puponga Point in 1998, will explain the findings of his research at a special talk organized by Seaweek and the Cornwallis Petrelheads. James Russell of Auckland University will talk about recently established burrows on the northern Manukau Harbour Foreshore and his plans for volunteer coordination in our community.

Free event. Cuppa to follow to allow you to talk with researchers and ask questions.

Sponsored by The Waitakere Ranges Local Board and Manukau Harbour Forum

 

 

Seaweek sailing to new shores on Steinlager 2

Photos by: Nigel Sharp & James Gow

 

THIS EVENT HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED

Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. Supporting sea week and educating people about the sea is strongly aligned with the Trust vision to encourage New Zealanders to have a new appreciation for our environment.

NZ Sailing Trust & Rotoroa Island are excited to be part of Seaweek and to take New Zealanders to explore the sea.

On this outing to Rotoroa Island we hope everyone will develop an appreciation of what it took to sail these yachts around the world and complete a challenge with a sense of respect and admiration for their fellow sailors and the sea.

We have a few activities we can do to learn about the marine environment and the Hauraki Gulf.

On arrival at Rotoroa Island we will have the opportunity to explore the island and what it has to offer. Jo Ritchie, the islands Ecologist will give a talk about the coastline work happening on the island.

The NZ Sailing Trust was set up in 2008 to preserve the legacy of the adventures of Sir Peter Blake, his racing teams and his vessels. Today we are achieving these goals by collaborating with schools and youth organisations to help young New Zealanders experience the thrill of sailing on one of New Zealand legendary yachts. Our sailing adventures are run on board to help inspire the next generation about the environment and the maritime industry.
www.nzsailingtrust.org

Rotoroa is an island sanctuary and a place to experience first hand the conservation of iconic NZ Zealand species. A place to discover the history of the island at the museum, explore the beaches and walk around the native bush at your leisure. www.rotoroa.org.nz

Adults $180 and Children $125
Minimum age 12 years of age accompanied by an adult, 14 years of age unaccompanied.

Bookings essential. Book and pay online https://fs27.formsite.com/Iiy3AJ/form6/index.html

For more information email info@nzsailingtrust.com

 

 

Okura Marine Reserve Taster Kayak Tours

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March 2019

Explore the Okura Estuary and Karepiro Bay which is bordered by protected native bush, council reserves, historic buildings, pa sites and is filled with natural wonders. See some of NZ’s rarest seabirds, look for fish flying through the air and watch stingrays as they cruise under your kayak.
No previous experience is necessary, but a reasonable level of mobility and fitness is required.
Kayak tours are run in fair-weather conditions (we will call you in case of cancellation).
The kayak tour is suitable for children 11 years and over, although younger children over 5 are welcome if the conditions are suitable (each child must be accompanied by an adult).

Bookings are essential – please book via email:
adventures@canoeandkayak.co.nz
or ring us on 09 476 7066. Canoe & Kayak are vocal supporters of this amazing region and your attendance for only NZD$20 a seat on these trips helps support community projects to save Okura!

Meet at Okura Boat Ramp to take a tour on Saturday, 2 March: 3.30pm-5.30pm or 5.30pm-7.30pm
Sunday, 3 March: 4.30pm-6.30pm or 6.30pm-8.30pm

What to Bring
Bring swimming clothes and warm extra layers– avoid wearing cotton, wear well-fitting wet shoes and a lightweight windbreaker/raincoat are recommended. Also bring a towel, sunscreen, sunhat, personal medication, waterproof camera and polaroid sunglasses.
Once the tour has finished have a change of warm clothes, thermals, fleeces etc.

Harbourview Wetlands Guided Walk

Saturday 2 March 2019, 10am to noon at Harbourview Orangihina Park, Te Atatu Peninsula. Directions for meeting up will be provided by email to registered participants.

A guided walk hosted by Forest & Bird Motu Manawa Restoration Group to explore Harbourview’s coastal wetland wilderness on Te Atatu Peninsula in celebration of Seaweek.

Harbourview’s wetlands are a rare and remarkable environment. The area is vast – much bigger than many people realize. It represents the last major unreclaimed wetlands of the Upper Waitemata Harbour. There are hectares of freshwater swamp and saline marshland featuring photogenic multi-coloured swards of the original species of native vegetation.

The signature native bird species we might glimpse are fernbird and banded rail. At low tide, the nearby Whau River estuary transforms itself into a different world with vast exposed sand and mud flats that feed tens of thousands of wading and migratory birds such as godwits.

There’s lots of interest about this wild and beautiful place in the heart of Auckland city, with many opportunities to observe the flora, fauna and geology along the way.

Meeting instructions will be given via RSVP. Bookings essential and places strictly limited to 25 guests maximum.

Please contact motumanawa@gmaill.com to register your request for attendance and receive further information.

A medium level of personal fitness is the least required to walk through mud, scrub, and broken ground for approximately two hours. Gumboots or sturdy footwear mandatory and thick trousers recommended. Not suitable for young children or any persons who have disabilities, health issues or low fitness levels. Bring drinking water and wear sunblock, sunglasses and sunhats. Cameras, binoculars and telescopes recommended for bird watching.

Free but gold coin donations appreciated. Any donations will be passed on to Forest & Bird Waitakere branch.

25 persons maximum as guests on the guided walk. Free car parking is available on site, but guests will need to walk approximately one kilometre back to it at the end of the guided walk.

 

 

Puhinui Guided Walk and Beach Clean-up

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 3.30pm. Meet end of Prices Road, off Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe.

Limited to 25 people bookings essential. Book by emailing: Kara.goddard@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 

SEA MERC Day II

Sunday 10 March 2019

Join us for a fun day on the sea. Have a look at our educational displays & join in on an ocean experience. We’ll have exciting options based on the water conditions that day.

You can RSVP and find out more info on our Facebook Page. Please bring appropriate water wear and a sense of adventure!

 

 

Matakana River Tours Seaweek Special

  • Saturday 2 March 2019 at 3pm
  • Sunday 3 March 2019 at 4pm
  • Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March 2019 at 11am

One child free with every fare paying adult when you quote promo code SEAWEEK on booking.

Book here: https://rtbslive.com/obl/matakanarivertours

The Matakana River was a vital route not only for local Maori but also in early European occupancy. The fertile surrounding lands of Matakana brought settlers as early as 1849, and a variety of businesses all relying on the river to take their goods back to the masses of Auckland. As the village prospered roads were paved and the once busy waterway slowed. We would like to share this historic and vibrant river with you. Step onboard and enjoy the scenic beauty, as we cruise on the sheltered safe waters. Travel though a tidal wonderland showcasing New Zealand’s diverse landscape. We even have local beers and wines that will be sure to help you relax!

 

 

Marine Life Underfoot

Friday 8 March 2019, 5 – 8pm at Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre, 1045 Beach Road, Long Bay, Auckland

Join MERC Staff on a walk around the rocky reef in Long Bay! To celebrate Sea Week (March 2-10) MERC is inviting you to join us to explore and discover creatures you’ve never noticed before!

This is a family friendly event, entry by donation. We will have guidebooks with beautiful colour images, a scavenger hunt for all ages to participate in, a marine biologist to answer your questions and an interactive educational display!

 

 

Open Day at Matuku Link on World Wetland Day

Saturday 2 February 2019, 10am – 3pm at 111 Bethells Rd, Te Henga, Waitakere.

World Wetland Day is worth celebrating: we only have 9% left in Auckland! Matuku Link joins World Wetland Day with a host of activities on Saturday 2nd of February from 10 am to 3 pm. A festival atmosphere with stalls, food, coffee, walks, talks: the opportunity to see the changes since last year and have spend over 4000 volunteer hours improving the place.

Try to find one of our wandering Pateke (brown teal) or spot a secretive banded rail or even our namesake Matuku (bittern), have a look at the plans for the barn, the fundraising opportunities and maybe even buy a plant!

We’d love you to join us on this special day. 111 Bethells Road, Te Henga, West Auckland

Annalily & the trustees from Matuku Link – John Sumich, John Staniland, Chad Wilkie and Geoff Davidson

More info: matukulink@gmail.com or 021-2207136

 

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s and the Tread Lightly Drain Game

Daily from Monday 4 to Friday 8 March 2019, 9.30am to 3.30pm at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s, 23 Tamaki Drive, Auckland.

Plus a special schools programme at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s for Sea Week. During Seaweek, classes will participate in a special 1hr session to learn about Auckland’s stormwater and waste water systems, what shouldn’t go down the drains, where the drains lead to and the effects of pollution and litter in our marine environments. Students will spend 20 minutes at the Tread Lightly Drain Game, 20 minutes with the Kelly Tarlton’s educator, then come back as a class in a facilitated session to discuss possible solutions and actions to make a difference.

This special programme is presented by SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s and Tread Lightly and proudly supported by the Orakei Local Board.

The Tread Lightly Drain Game is a bespoke built, mobile education trailer which teaches students that “only rain goes down the stormwater drain” and the importance of correct disposal of common items that can cause pollution in our creek and stormwater systems.

Bookings are essential for the special schools programme through the normal booking process for SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s education programme here: https://www.kellytarltons.co.nz/learn/primary-plus-intermediate/

Sessions will run on the hour from 9.30am – with the last session at 2pm. Schools need to indicate at time of booking what day and session time they would like to book, year level of students and number of students in each class attending.

Costs for schools: $15 per student, with one free adult per 6 paying students. Additional adults will be charged $31 and under 3’s are free.

If there is a free session, the Tread Lightly Drain Game will be available for visitors to SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s experience.

Contact: Emma Fergusson, email: Emma.Ferguson@kellytarltons.co.nz Ph: 021 890 837 or 09 531 5145

More info: https://www.facebook.com/treadlightlycaravan

      

 

 

Glass Bottom Boat Tour Seaweek Discount

Monday 4 to Friday 8 March 2019 at Goat Island, Leigh

Get 10% off your Glass Bottom Boat tour of the Goat Island Marine Reserve during Seaweek (discount applies 4 – 8 March 2019 only) by using the promo code SEAWEEK2019 when you book online. Discounted bookings can be made from 2 – 8 March but only redeemed from 4 – 8 March 2019.

Bookings essential. Book here: https://glassbottomboat.co.nz/

 

 

 

Ocean detectives: tracking plastics in our marine environment. A Seaweek breakfast talk with Heni Unwin in partnership with Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge and Cawthron Institute.

Monday 4 March 2019, 9am at the Learning Centre, NZ Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour.

Light breakfast/morning tea provided. Bookings essential. Please call (09) 373 0800 or email info@maritimemuseum.co.nz to reserve your place.

Plastic waste is a global problem.  Plastic that is dumped in the sea or ends up in the ocean can accumulate on beaches or be transported many kilometres by ocean currents.  Plastic destroys marine environments.

Join us for this Seaweek talk with scientists from the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge who are developing a new digital tool to track how ocean currents transport plastics. Using modelling data for Cook Strait and Tasman-Golden Bays, they have produced an interactive tool which allows users to “drop” a piece of virtual plastic into the ocean and watch where the ocean currents take it.  This kind of tool could eventually help to manage the impact of plastics in our marine environment.  It can also be used as a teaching resource for students studying marine pollution.

At this seminar you will have a chance to try out the prototype tool and give feedback to Heni which will help her project team develop it further.

About the speaker

Heni Unwin (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Atihaunui-a-Papaarangi) is a scientist at the Cawthron Institute with a background in marine biology, chemistry and Māori studies.

She has always had a love for the ocean but knew she wanted to study all things marine after snorkeling in Rarotonga at age of 10. Being Māori, Heni has a strong connection to the taiao (environment), one of the sayings from her iwi (tribe) is “Ko au te awa, te awa ko au”, “I am the river, the river is me”. She believes that in order to take care of the numerous issues in the environment we will need to combine mātauranga māori and science research for a sustainable future. Heni works within the Cawthron Maori Research Business and Development team, and the Coastal and Freshwater team helping to implement Matauanga Maori into science projects.

About the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge

The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge is one of 11 National Science Challenges. It is hosted by NIWA and is a multi-disciplinary programme of research in collaboration with over 30 organisations including Cawthron Limited.  The objective of the Sustainable Seas Challenge is to enhance utilisation of New Zealand’s marine resources within environmental and biological constraints.   You can follow @Sust_seasNZ on Twitter or subscribe to their newsletter.

 

Ocean Oases: Seaweek Film Extravaganza

 

Wednesday 6 March 2019, from 10.30am in the Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Lopdell House, Titirangi, west Auckland

Award winning cameraman and film maker Robin Kewell will be presenting his series of underwater films at a special SEA WEEK event. This will be the first time that he has shown all 6 films he made that were part of a series for Discovery Channel. Travelling to some of the remotest parts of the globe to marine environments where man has not ‘made his mark’. Several of the locations in the series are now World Heritage sites. Robin is better known locally for showing other people’s films at FLICKS cinema, Lopdell Theatre and for this special event he will be there to present the films with a Q & A session after each screening. Each session will last for about 75 mins, which includes two 25 minute films and a Q&A. There will be two screenings of each film at the following times.

The programme consists of the following films (there will be 2 films shown at each screening time):

At 10.30am and 4.30pm:

  • Fernando de Noronha (Island of the Dolphins) Brazil
  • Cocos the Treasure Island (Costa Rica)

At 12.30pm and 6pm

  • Palau-The Rock Islands (Micronesia)
  • Aldabra-Paradise Islands (Seychelles)

At 2.30pm and 7.30pm

  • Niugini-islands of Eden (Papua New Guinea)
  • Aotearoa – Land of Ice and Fire (New Zealand)

The films will be screened throughout the day on Wednesday 6 March starting at 10-30am in the Seminar Room, 1st floor, Lopdell House.

For trailers, times and details go to flickscinema.weebly.com

Robin is currently writing up all his dive experiences from his illustrated diaries and journals which will be published as a series of books and he will bring examples of these to the film screenings.

Sponsored by The Waitakere Ranges Local Board

 

Takapuna Snorkel Day

Sunday 24 February 2019, 10am – 2pm at 22 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland

Explore the waters of Takapuna by snorkel. Find spotties, parore, goatfish and the occasional snapper.
Fun for the whole whanau.

This event is funded by The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is part of Seaweek.

When: 10am – 3pm (arrive and register any time between 10am and 2:30pm)
Sunday 24th of February 2019
Where: North of the Takapuna Boat Ramp, Auckland. Parking is pay and display along the surrounding streets.

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

This event is donate to participate – either cash on the day, online or by donating your time in volunteering on future events.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

 

KINZ clean-up Maraetai Beach

Sunday 3 March 2019, 10.30am. Meet at wharf area.

Come along and help KINZ clean up Maraetai Beach again this year.

Please bring 2 buckets for doing your rubbish collection & some drinking water. Dress appropriately (sunhat, sunscreen and comfy shoes).

KINZ will supply gloves and big rubbish bags.

Bring your togs and picnic if you want to stay behind for a splash.

 

Motuihe Snorkel Day

Saturday 2 February 2019, 7am – 4.30pm at Motuihe Island, Hauraki Gulf

Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the annual Motuihe Snorkel Day. Snorkel and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket!

Ever wondered what lives under the water at Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf? Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for a snorkel with our experienced guides and get FREE mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit hire. Ferry tickets are $25 each + a booking fee. Safe fun for the whole whanau!

Booking is essential. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/motuihe-snorkel-day-registration-54894422696?fbclid=IwAR24JIpapvFHV2CQGtQJuvw5_NUsF8RxMQeJjX1WryNYzkQhDimrOtzCCPw

See baby parore, spotties and triplefins.

When: Saturday 2nd of February
Ferry leaves from Auckland CBD ferry building at 7:15am
You need to arrive at the ferry building by 7:00am at the latest.

What: Snorkelling at Calypso Bay (weather dependent), walks around the pest free island and a picnic lunch on the beach!
Where: Motuihe, ferry is arriving at the wharf and leaving from the Auckland viaduct.
Parking: Limited in Auckland CBD – I would recommend catching public transport.

What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes, raincoat, water bottles, walking shoes, a picnic lunch.

Please note that there will be up to a ~45min walk to get from the wharf to the snorkel site. Reasonable level of fitness required. Suitable for children aged 5 and above.

This event was sponsored by The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is run with the assistance of DOC.

Please note that the ferry ticket is non-refundable – and the trip will run rain or shine! Our snorkel location will be Calypso or Snapper Bays – Dependent on the weather. If you are late and miss the ferry unfortunately there are no refunds.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx_2.pdf

 

Westhaven Marina Day

 

Sunday 10 March 2019, 10am – 2pm at Westhaven Marina, Auckland CBD.

Westhaven Marina Day is a fun free day out for all the family and it’s big on the environment! Along with boat rides, kayaking, sailing and kids fishing, we are pleased to welcome some amazing environmental ambassadors to this year’s event: Legasea, Department of Conservation, Ministry of Primary Industries, Our Sea Our Future, New Zealand Customs Service, and the Auckland Council Biosecurity team… amongst others.

Please dress for the weather and bring a bottle of water. Ensure you park in the white spaces as the yellows are reserved.

Free entry.

More info: http://www.westhaven.co.nz/marinaday

 

Motutapu Snorkel Day

Come join Experiencing Marine Reserves for the annual Motutapu Snorkel Day. Snorkel and explore the Island with a subsidised ferry ticket!

Registrations are essential. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/motutapu-snorkel-day-registration-53932731251?fbclid=IwAR2ZfeLTneLaM8V9BfSG-Oxg4zJFwmH-KTaUNr8kq-2cMeTbuEDbbWONIJc

Ever wondered what lives under the water at Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf? Join Experiencing Marine Reserves for a snorkel with our experienced guides and get FREE mask, snorkel, fins & wetsuit hire. Ferry tickets are $25 each + a booking fee. Safe fun for the whole whanau!

See baby parore, spotties, eagle rays, triplefins and snapper.

When: Saturday 19th of January
Ferry leaves from Auckland CBD ferry building at 7:15am
You need to arrive at the ferry building by 7:00am at the latest.

What: Snorkelling at Administration Bay, walks around the new planting, exploring the WWII gun emplacements and a picnic lunch on the beach!
Where: Motutapu Island, ferry is arriving at Home Bay and leaving from the Auckland viaduct.
Parking: Limited in Auckland CBD – I would recommend catching public transport.

What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes, raincoat, water bottles, walking shoes, a picnic lunch and a torch if you want to explore the tunnels.

Please note that there will be a ~45min walk to get from the ferry at Home Bay to the snorkel site. Reasonable level of fitness required. Suitable for children aged 5 and above.

This event was sponsored by The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is run in conjunction with the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp (Official). It is a Seaweek Event.

Please note that the ferry ticket is non-refundable – and the trip will run rain or shine! Our snorkel location will be Administration Bay or Home Bay – Dependent on the weather. If you are late and miss the ferry unfortunately there are no refunds.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

Te Maketu Paddle

Celebrate the Te Matuku marine reserve on Waiheke Island with Experiencing Marine Reserves and SUP Waiheke. With funding from the The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation and Waiheke Local Board we are running the second guided paddleboard in Te Matuku Marine Reserve. 8 free paddle board hires in each timeslot and 4 BYO. Fun for the whole whanau. Registrations essential. Minimum age is 10.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/te-matuku-paddle-registration-53929987043?aff=efbevent&fbclid=IwAR3rJ7tn114fXlpbSvMk1iMFu7KWPun3w9lgovc0rcAF5Oen-U3yIj3sIgU

Donate to participate – either a koha of money or time volunteering. This is a Seaweek event.

When: Session 1 – 11:30am, Session 2 – 1pm –
please arrive 20 mins prior to your start time.
Sunday 13th of January 2019
Where: Te Matuku Reserve Stockyards, Orapiu Rd, Waiheke.
NB: There is no public transport to this site – you will need to drive or carpool.

This event is SmokeFree.
If you are no longer able to make the event you need to give at least 48 hours notice – otherwise an invoice may be issued.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

Waiheke Snorkel Day

Explore the waters of Enclosure Bay by snorkel. Find spotties, parore, goatfish and the occasional snapper. Fun for the whole whanau.

This event is funded by the Waiheke Local Board and The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is part of Seaweek.

When: 11am – 4pm (arrive and register any time between 11am and 3:30pm)
Saturday 12th of January – Back up Saturday the 30th of March 2019
Where: Enclosure Bay, Waiheke
Cost: Koha – either by cash on the day, donate online or your time. Most people donate $5-10 per person.

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

Beachcare Awhitu Coastal Walk

Beachcare Awhitu are once again celebrating Seaweek by holding a COASTAL WALK along five of our beautiful Harbour beaches on Sunday 17th March (St Patrick’s Day) so we will have a Green theme with:

  • A short talk on the Shorebirds you may see on the Manukau Harbour;
  • The distribution of bags for collecting tideline rubbish;
  • At the walks end a Display of Pest Control with Landcare pest officers and a display of our homegrown native sand-binding and dune plants.

Entry: Gold coin donation to Beachcare.

Meet: 11am at Wattle Bay Reserve, Dodds Road, Awhitu Peninsula, Franklin.
Walk-5 bays from Wattle to Grahams Beach, via Orua, Big Bay, Hudson’s Beach.
Suitable for all walkers and families – average time 2 hours.

Need: Good non-slip shoes – mostly sand but some rocky/muddy headlands to negotiate; suitable clothing for weather conditions, water bottle, sun screen, hat.

Refreshments, including local artisan foods, available to purchase at the walks end at Hudson’s Beach. Shuttle bus will be at Hudsons 1.30pm onwards to take drivers back to Wattle Bay.

Dogs permitted on lead only (shorebirds).

Contact: Anna McNaughton email: kohekohestud@xtra.co.nz

 

Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari Fundraising Trip

Photo: Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari

 

Saturday 8 December 2018, 8am – 12.30pm

Meet at: Viaduct Harbour – New Zealand Maritime Museum

How to book: email Emma.Ferguson@kellytarltons.co.nz

Would you like half-price tickets for Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari??? Well keep reading!

The SEA LIFE Trust is conducting fundraising with the support of Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari. We will be running a trip on the 8th of December with tickets for only $90! That’s a discount on all tickets – half price for adults!

All proceeds will be going towards SEA LIFE Trust initiatives – with the main goal of subsidising the cost of our new conservation education program – Ocean Youth. It is our dream to make this year-long program accessible and affordable for all! To learn more about this program follow the link below:
http://www.oceanyouth.org/

 

Auckland Green Drinks

NZAEE are joining forces with Kelly Tarlton’s to host the next Green Drinks on Tuesday 27 November.  We will be having a belated celebration of World Fisheries Day with a ‘Protecting our Oceans’ themed event.

Come along to hear about the amazing work of The Sea Life Trust (www.sealifetrust.org), LegaSea (www.legasea.co.nz) and other marine advocates. There will also be lots of time for networking and exploring Kelly Tarlton’s.

Drinks and nibbles will be supplied by us (NZAEE).

WhereKelly Tarlton’s, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei

When: 5-7pm, Tuesday 27 November 

Bring: Your own name badge

RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking the link below

http://www.boltmail.co.nz/nzaee/green-drinks-rsvp.html

Sustainable Transport Options: .
Check out your sustainable transport options at www.at.co.nz.

Keep up to date with our Green Drinks events by liking our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nzaee-Auckland-Branch/399633906761550

Upcoming Green Drinks….if you can’t make this event, don’t fret, there are more Green Drinks planned. We meet on the first Wednesday of each month for ‘low-fi’ Green Drinks, and plan Green Drinks events with other partners and companies throughout the year.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch via our website if you are interested in hosting an event.

See www.greendrinks.org for more information

Hope to see you there.

 

 

Whangateau Snorkel Day

Explore the mangroves of the of Whangateau Harbour with an experienced snorkel guide; you never know what you might spot? Discover crabs, triplefins, parore and yellow eyed mullet. Fun for the whole whanau. Register at the event on the day and express your interest via EventBrite. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements on website, Facebook page and via email.

When: 1.30pm – 5pm
Sunday 2nd of December
Where: Whangateau Harbour, 511 Leigh Rd, Whangateau. On sports field next to Whangateau holiday park.

Presented by Experiencing Marine Reserves, supported by The Bobby Stafford Bush Foundation.

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

Torbay Snorkel Day

Explore the waters of Torbay by snorkel with Experiencing Marine Reserves. Find spotties, parore, goatfish and the occasional snapper. Learn how to weave harakeke – flax. Fun for the whole whanau.

This event is funded by the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is part of Seaweek.

When: 11am – 4pm (arrive and register any time between 11am and 3:30pm)
Sunday 16th of December – Back up Saturday the 9th of February 2019
Where: Bottom of Rock Isle Rd, Torbay, Auckland. Parking is along the surrounding streets.

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

 

Shakespear Snorkel Day

Explore the waters of the Hauraki Gulf at Shakespear Regional Park with an experienced snorkel guide; you never know what you might spot? Discover pipefish, triplefins or nudibranchs. Fun for the whole whanau. Express your interest here or register at the event on the day. Sea conditions permitting. Postponements via email, on website and facebook page.

This event is funded by the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. It is part of Seaweek and run by Experiencing Marine Reserves

When: 10am – 3pm (arrive and register any time between 10am and 2:30pm)
Saturday 1st of December – Back up Saturday the 8th
Where: Either at Te Haruhi Bay or Army Bay – Weather permitting. Follow the EMR signs.

Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

 

Okura Kaitiaki Day

What: Okura Kaitiaki Day
Date: Saturday the 15th of December from 11.30am-4:30pm
Location: Deborah Reserve – Okura, North Shore – Please do not go to Long Bay Regional Park.

Activities: Celebrate the Okura marine reserve with Experiencing Marine Reserves. With funding from the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board and The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation we are running our first Kaitiaki Day out of Deborah Reserve, Okura. Join us for a day of guided kayaking, stand up paddleboarding and weaving workshops led by Ngati Manuhiri. Fun for the whole whanau. Koha – donations appreciated to participate.

Registrations are essential for the kayaking and the paddleboarding. Minimum age for the on-water activities is 10. No minimum age for the weaving workshop.
If you are no longer able to make the event you need to give at least 48 hours notice – otherwise an invoice may be issued.

Information sheet: https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/Okura_Kaitaki_Info_Sheet_2018.pdf

Check out our frequently asked questions here:
https://emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/snorkel-days/FAQ__Information_Sheet_2018-19.docx.pdf

 

Preparing for Seaweek 2019 Workshops

 

Educators and anyone interested in organising an event or activity for Seaweek 2019 is encouraged to attend one of two free preparation workshops:

Weds 14 Nov from 3.30pm at Auckland Council’s Service Centre, The Strand, Takapuna, North Shore.

Thurs 15 Nov from 3.30pm at Ormiston Junior College, 285 Ormiston Rd, Flat Bush, Manukau.

Refreshments provided.
Find out all about the resources and help available to enable you to engage your school or group in activities to celebrate Seaweek, New Zealand’s annual week about the sea.
Bookings are essential before 9 Nov by completing the registration form here: https://tinyurl.com/ycxuoso5

 

Manukau Harbour Clean-up

Have fun and clean up your beach during Seaweek 2 – 10 March 2019.
Seaweek and Manukau Harbour Restoration Society are again coordinating a Manukau harbour-wide beach clean up during Seaweek. Sea Cleaners will use their boat to access tough-to-get-to places, and Sustainable Coastlines will provide supplies. Organize a group and tackle your local foreshore. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and do good for the harbour.  Please register your group here https://tinyurl.com/yd7ncjpo so we can get you supplies and pick up your bags of rubbish afterwards.

 

Tāwharanui Snorkel Day – CANCELLED

Experiencing Marine Reserves are excited to announce our first snorkel day at Tāwharanui Marine Reserve using the vessel Norma Jean.
This snorkel day will be celebrating Seaweek. Please ensure you read the information prior to purchasing tickets.
Minimum age of 8 for the boat trip. Minimum age of 5 for the shore based snorkelling.

When: Sunday 25 of November (postponed from 4 Nov) – CANCELLED

Session times – If you wish to snorkel at both sites you will need to register for both – just not at the same time!

9:30am
– Boat trip into the marine reserve with a guided snorkel tour – $40pp
– Guided snorkel at Jones Bay Reef – free

12:30pm
– Boat trip into the marine reserve with a guided snorkel tour – $40pp
– Guided snorkel at Jones Bay Reef – free

Please arrive 10mins prior to your start time.
All snorkel equipment included.

What: Join EMR and Norma Jean Charters for a guided snorkel and tour in the Tawharanui Marine Reserve – spot the difference between the non protected site at Jones Bay.

Where: Leaving from Jones Bay, Tawharanui Peninsula

Parking: Parking is available at the access gate into the Tawharanui Regional Park – Please note – NO DOGS ALLOWED.

What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, warm clothes and lunch. If you have your own snorkel gear you are welcome to bring it along as long as it is fit for purpose (no full face masks). Medication if you suffer seasickness (best to take first thing in the morning).

Cost: EMR is providing the snorkeling for free and Norma Jean Charters is giving us a great deal to get into the marine reserve. Participation by koha/donation – you can donate when you purchase tickets – or in cash on the day.  $40pp for the Tāwharanui boat trip.

 

Free Professional Development Opportunity for Primary Teachers with Steve Hathaway from Young Ocean Explorers

 

Let Steve Hathaway, underwater cameraman for BBC’s Blue Planet 2 and creator of Young Ocean Explorers introduce you to the unique underwater world of New Zealand. Steve’s compelling footage and stories are all centred around their Young Ocean Explorers website from which you can confidently teach ecology, the environment living world, habitats and endangered species. The Young Ocean Explorers website covers topics that link to the curriculum for science, social sciences, english, health and physical education and the arts. Steve will introduce you to these curriculum links and the assignments that you can use and create for your class. Come along to the evening and you will leave with an assignment created for your class ready to go.

Register as a teacher on the Young Ocean Explorers website in advance so you’re ready to go on the night.

Bookings are essential. To book contact Erin erin@youngoceanexplorers.com

This event is in partnership with SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland, Department of Conservation, Wright Family Foundation and GIFT.

Wednesday 19 September 2018, 4-6pm at Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s, 23 Tamaki Drive, Auckland.

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And the winners are…

And the winners are…

Huge congratulations to the winners of our two national Seaweek competitions and thanks to everyone who entered, the judges found it really hard to decide. The winner of the Fish4all photo competition was Happy Steps Early Learning Centre at Dargaville who thoroughly enjoyed their seafood BBQ prize. The winner of the Experiencing Marine Reserves video… Read More

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We challenged everyone who attended a Seaweek 2019 event to submit an Event Report and tell us what they thought about it. Thanks to everyone who took the time to do that, we get some really useful data that we use to let our sponsors know how successful Seaweek is.

We did a prize draw from all those entries and the winner of the Participant Evaluation prize is Vicki Smith from Nelson who attended the EMR Cable Bay Snorkel Day.

The winning Event Coordinator is Jenny Baker from Napier who organised the Hawkes Bay Beach Clean-up.

The winning Regional Coordinator is Nataalia Lunson from DOC in Bay of Plenty West who put on a fantastic programme of events in her first year as a Seaweek Regional Coordinator.

All our winners will receive a copy of Sally Carson & Rod Morris's fantastic book The Collins Guide to the New Zealand Seashore, which is a must have for every home & classroom. Congratulations everyone! Huge thanks to HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand for donating the books for us to give away.
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