DoC Logo SQThere will be lots of Seaweek 2019 events happening in the Bay of Plenty and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Western Bay of Plenty Regional Coordinator: Nataalia Hemaima Lunson – email:, phone: 027 536 6847 or the Eastern Bay of Plenty Regional Coordinator: Courtney Andrews – email: if you’d like to organise an event.

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.


Bay of Plenty Seaweek 2019 Events:


Sea Week 2019 at Ohiwa

Tuesday 5 to Friday 8 March 2019, 9am – noon at Ohiwa.
Care for our sea.
We’re down on the sand seeing what we can find. What natural resources will you find along our coast line.
Please bring: kai, hats, sunscreen, water.
Costs Covered by Eastbay REAP and TPOOM
Bookings essential.
Contact: Jodi Hawe, email:

Nga Taonga o Tangaroa


Wednesday 20 March 2019, 9.30am – 1.30pm at Port Ohope Boat Ramp.
A time to slow down and notice the amazing Marine biodiversity we share with our world.
Nga tamarisk can explore and enjoy the wonders of our ocean and the foreshore and have the opportunity to explore.
Crab fishing, starfish hunting, making hand lines, story telling.
Costs Covered by Eastbay REAP, Tuhoe Hauora and TPOOM
Bookings essential.
Contact: Courtney Andrews, email:

Tiakina o Tatou Moana

Tuesday 12 March 2019, 10am – 12.30pm at Te Ahiaua, Waiotahe: Opotiki
An opportunity to escape the classroom, explore our backyard and the learnings it has to offer.
A time for all of us to get to know our oceans, its habitats, characteristics and inhabitants better.
Please bring: kai, hats, sunscreen, water.
Costs Covered by Eastbay REAP
Bookings essential.
Contact: Courtney Andrews, email:

Underwater Clean-up

Sunday 3 March 2019, 10.30am – 1pm at Pilot Bay, The Mall, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga
Join us as part of Sea Week and Sustainable Backyards month for an underwater clean up at Pilot Bay.
Please register online (no cost):
Hosted by Dive Zone Tauranga.
When : Sunday 3rd March meet at 10.00am for compulsory briefing at 10.30.
Where : Boat Ramp end of Pilot Bay
Who: Certified Open Water divers or above
Bring: Your dive gear, catch bag  and tank if you have one, in return we will provide you with a coupon for x2 free tank fills.
We will have a limited number of tanks available on the day please confirm on the registration form if you need a one
There is no cost involved. Please complete registration form to confirm your place.
Free sausage sizzle afterwards.

Learn to Snorkel and Marine Survey with DOC and Discovery Through Nature

Photo: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Sunday 10 March 2019, 9 – 11am at Baywave TECT Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Mount Maunganui.
Learn to snorkel safely and with purpose. Discover how real marine biologists survey for fish, invertebrates and algae. Explore the marine species that live in the Bay of Plenty and their distinguishing features. Learn how to write and swim underwater, all at the same time! Have fun and learn how to do more to protect our marine environment!
Specific requirements: for children 8 years and older only, must be able to swim 50 meters confidently and without stopping, able to put your head underwater and duck dive with confidence. Bring togs and a towel.
Booking essential. Number of places strictly limited (max 20). Snorkel gear is provided but if you have your own equipment please bring it with you.
More information on location and to book contact


Kia Tika Tatahi (clean the coastline)


Sunday 10 March 2019, 10am – 2pm at Sulphur Point
Local business and the Waikato Coastal Marine Group, based in Tauranga are undertaking a coastal clean up of debris along the inner coastline. The coastal clean-up will also be used by Waikato University to collect flora and fauna form the salvaged debris and confirm an inventory of biosecurity marine incursions living in our harbour and port. The results of the bio-blitz will be put to good use and inform the development of future solutions to addressing marine ‘invaders’ in our harbour that are negatively impacting on native and taonga marine species, and the natural marine diversity of Tauranga A Moana.
People who want to be part of this event must register their interest in the first instance by emailing us with your name and contact email address. You will receive further information after the 12/02/19. Thank you.
Free event.
Contact: Waitangi Wood, email: Ph: (021) 114-3865

Interacting with Marine Mammals the Do’s and Don’ts

Thursday 7 March 2019, 7pm at M301 Lecture theatre, Toi Ohomai Windermere campus, Tauranga
A DOC public lecture with Q & A.
Guest speaker Nathan Pettigrew marine mammal permit holder and marine educator.
Booking essential limited spaces
More information and to book contact


Rocky Shore Adventure with DOC and Discovery through Nature

Credit: National Aquarium of New Zealand

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 12pm – 2.30pm at Rock and Beach on the base track at Mount Maunganui. Meeting Point: Grass area in front of Mount Surf Club (near the boat ramp)
Fun for the family, bring your passion for shells and small creatures of the sea and become a marine biologists discovering what lives in the Rocky shore at low tide. Scramble over rocks, discover rock pools and listen to marine scientists tell tales of interesting creatures. If you are lucky find them yourself! Find an octopus, watch a starfish feed and lots more. Learn about marine conservation issues for our rocky coastlines.
Specific requirements: all children under 16 years old should be accompanied by an adult. Appropriate foot wear is necessary (such as wetsuit boots or old lace up shoes), we do not recommend bare feet. Also sunhat, sunscreen and drinking water should be brought to this event.
Booking essential limited spaces (max 60)
More information on location and to book contact


Soft Shore Explore with DOC and Discovery through Nature

Credit: Mels Barton

Saturday 2 March 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Mudflats near Tye Park, Welcome Bay, Tauranga. Meeting Point: Tye Park, Welcome Bay, at the far end of the park on the grass, hear the sand bank
Fun for the family bring a small bucket and spade and become a marine biologist discovering what lives in the soft sediment at low tide. Take a walk into the mud with experts to find out who lives in the mud and why? How amazing mangroves really are and how many crabs live in our harbour. Discover the beauty of our estuary in Welcome Bay. Learn about the conservation issues for these unique habitats.
Specific requirements: all children under 16 years old should be accompanied by an adult. You may get muddy feet so appropriate foot wear is necessary (such as wetsuit boots or old lace up shoes), we do not recommend bare feet. Also sunhat and sunscreen
Booking essential limited spaces
More information on location and to book contact


Motiti – Protecting a small part of our Blue Backyard

Credit: Wikipedia

Friday 8 March 2019, 7 – 8.30pm at Club Mount Maunganui (Cruise Deck Room)
Find out about local efforts to protect marine life at Motiti 7 years after the Rena disaster. Forest & Bird and Motiti Rohe Moana Trust are calling on the government and regional council to get on with protecting the marine environment around Motiti Island, seven years after the Rena disaster.
Organised by: Tauranga Forest & Bird / Motiti Rohe Moana Trust.
Contact: Kate Graeme, Home phone 576 6510, Mobile 021 254 4037


Seaweek Awareness Evening

Sunday 10 March 2019 at Tauranga Rialto cinemas
A cinematic exploration of the ocean’s life-changing power, followed by an enlightening Marine Conservation talk. This movie explores the life-changing power of the ocean. Then a short talk highlights ground breaking Marine Conservation efforts which are happening in our own backyard, against all odds.
Cost $9 via Eventbrite (link TBC)
Draft programme (TBC):
6.30pm Registration and networking
7.00pm Theatre opens
7.05pm Intro Shorts: 
A voice for nature
I am the ocean
Our Ocean: Ideas for change
More Marine Reserve: Ben Knight

7.15pm (10min) Talk – Protecting the Blue backyard – regional MPA’s?
7.30pm (48min) Patagonia Film – Fishpeople – A film about lives transformed by the sea – A beautiful compilation of stories woven together by people who love the sea and spend their lives in it and protecting it.
Directed by Keith Malloy
Featuring: Dave Rastovich (surfer), Matahi Drollet (surfer/fisherman), Lynne Cox (open-water swimmer), Ray Collins (photographer), Eddie Donnellan (youth worker) and Kimi Werner (spearfisher).
8.30pm Thanks and Acknowledgements
8.35pm Finish
Organised by: Tauranga Forest & Bird / Patagonia


Opape & Otara CleanUp

Sunday 9 December 2018, Opotiki
Opape CleanUp 9am – 10am
Otara CleanUp 10-15am- 12pm
What we take from Tangaroa & Papatuanuku we can give back by caring & maintaining their waters & land.
Gloves & Rubbish bags provided
Free Sausage Sizzle & Refreshments for all volunteers & Ice blocks for the ki follows @ Magpie Park (Ohui Park) cnr of Terere Pa & Aerodrome.
Bring your water bottle, free event.
Contact: Jacqui Biddle email: Ph: (027) 347-7360

Opape Waterways Cleanup

Sunday 25 November 2018 from 9am to noon at Opape Beach, Opotiki
Come along and have fun at our Opape Cleanup.
Gloves & rubbish bags provided
Bring a water bottle and a hat.
Free sausage sizzle & refreshments provided after clean up
Contact: Jacqui Biddle email: Ph: (027) 347-7360

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
This event is in partnership with Envirohub, Coastcare, Wright Family Foundation and GIFT.
Thursday 27 September 2018, 4-6pm at Bethlehem Community Hall, 239A State Highway 2, Bethlehem, Tauranga.

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