ecan-logoThese are the Seaweek 2020 events happening in Christchurch and full details will be posted here as we receive more of them. Contact the Christchurch Regional Coordinator, Jocelyn Papprill if you’d like to organise an event. email:, phone: 027 703 0772

Check out this Seaweek Events Calendar to see a pdf version of some of the events Christchurch has happening in CHC over Seaweek 2020!

Christchurch Seaweek 2020 Events:

Ephemeral Art Competition – Open to entries until Tuesday, 10 March 2020

VIP Penguin Backstage Pass – Saturday 29 February to 8 March

Conservation of Penguins – Education Tour 9.00am – 11.30am during Seaweek

Hirepool Big Clean Christchurch: Love Your Coast – Saturday 29 February 1:30 – 4:30

Dog’s Day Out – Saturday 29 February

Seaweek themed Children’s Clay Workshop – Saturday 29 February from 10-11:30 am

Know your big blue back yard – Saturday 29 February – 7 PM

Tuhaitara Coastal Park Bike Ride – Sunday 1 March  3.30-6.30pm

Ephemeral Art Competition – Creation Day – Sunday 1 March 3- 5 PM

For the Love of Sharks – Tuesday, 3 March 4:00 – 5:00 PM

RRR -React to Plastic Tuesday 3 March 7-9 pm

Ocean Life Presentation – Wednesday, 4 March 7:00 – 8.30 PM

Is there a case for deep sea mining? A Youth Open Space Workshop – Thursday 5 March 4-6pm

Sea Week Quiz Night – Thursday 5 March 6:30 pm

Twilight Beach Walk – Thursday 5 March 6:30pm

What happens to plastic in the ocean? – Friday, 6 March 11:30-12:30 AM

Estuary Edge Clean-up – Saturday, 7 March 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Children’s Workshop: Make a Migratory Fish Puppet – 7 March 1.30-4.30 PM

Farewell to Godwits – Sunday, March 8 at 6:00 PM

Ride the Coastal Pathway Ferrymead to Sumner – Sunday 8 March 10.30-12:30 PM

Wetland Detective Walk Sunday, 15 March 2:00 – 3:00 PM


What: Ephemeral Art Competition: Create an ephemeral art work using what you find at the beach, in the estuary or on the sea that expresses the theme for Seaweek 2020 – ‘Connecting with our seas: Ko au te moana, ko te moana ko au / I am the sea, the sea is me’.

Where: For children & young people within the Canterbury Region only.
When: 16 December 2019 – 10 March 2020
Details: Canterbury Ephemeral Art Competition

There’s something about being a New Zealander… we’re drawn to the beaches and the seas beyond! And there’s nothing better than creating art when at the beach – making sand or driftwood sculptures is such fun – or bringing found objects back from a time at the beach & creating ephemeral art at home! Check out the art some children made back in 2016 on Sumner beach:

Once you have created the art work, photograph it and send it in using the form link below. Entry is free.
There will be 1st, 2nd & HC in prizes in these categories:
• Pre-school /ECE
• Years 1-4
• Years 5-8
• Years 9-13

1. Entries close at 5.00pm on Tuesday 10th March 2020
2. All entries must be uploaded using
3. Please enter your details including name, phone number, email address, plus the title of your art work into the online form.
4. Entrants will also need to tick the consent box in the online entry form to give authorisation for photograph(s) to be displayed publicly.
5. Entries are limited to 6 entries per ECE or school class, or 2 per person if entering as an individual.
6. All entries will be judged anonymously.
7. Judging will take place between 12-18th March with the winners notified shortly after. Winning entries will be displayed from the 20-29 March at the EnviroHub in The Kiosk at The Christchurch Botanic Gardens as well as via Seaweek & Youth Engagement and Education Facebooks.
8. If two people work on an art work together, and enter jointly, any prize received will have to be shared
9. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant(s)
10. The competition is open to anyone except the judges & organiser of the competition.

Free. All entries must be uploaded using this form. Contact with any queries.


What: VIP Penguin Backstage Pass

Where: International Antarctic Centre

When: Every day during Seaweek • Tours are run daily at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.
Please be at the centre at least half an hour before the tour time.

Details: Experience behind the scenes tours of the Centre – mention Seaweek when booking. to get a discount off your * VIP Penguin Backstage Pass* or *Breakfast with the Penguins*! Limited to just 8 visitors per tour, you’ll see how our quarantine area works, learn about penguin feeding and husbandry and take your penguin knowledge to the next level. Book Here!


What: Conservation of Penguins – Education Tour

Where: International Antarctic Centre

When: 9.00am – 11.30am during Seaweek

Details: Bookings open for groups to celebrate Seaweek – learn heaps about the life of penguins and what is being done to look after them.  SCHOOLS – when booking use this code: EDUSEA for access to Free 4D Movie for Sea Week.  Visit their website to make a booking!


What: Hirepool Big Clean Christchurch — Love Your Coast 2020

Where: There is three different registration locations for this Big Clean!

New Brighton Beach: Registration is just south of New Brighton Library. This station will be managed by the Sustain South Brighton and will service Waimari Beach to South Shore and the surrounding community areas.

Sumner Beach: Register next to the Beach Bar. This station will be managed by Remix Plastic and local residents, and will service Charlesworth Reserve to Taylors Mistake and the surrounding community areas.

Lyttleton Harbour: Register at Naval Point Boat Ramp. Thanks to Conservation Volunteers New Zealand. Please register here for Lyttleton Harbour to Governors Bay and the surrounding community spaces.

When: Saturday 29 February 1:30 to 4:30pm

Details: In support of Seaweek 2020 and to celebrate our premium partner sponsorship with Sustainable Coastlines, we’re mucking in and doing a BIG public clean-up of Christchurch beaches, from Governors Bay to Waimari on Saturday February 29th

Come and join us from 1:30 to 4:30 to help us have the biggest possible impact on cleaning up the rubbish found on the coast. If you’re a local pop along with your knowledge of the rubbish hotspots, We’ll be enabling local community groups to run their own cleanup ‘stations’ to have the biggest possible impact on cleaning up the rubbish found on the coast.

Join Hirepool Ltd, Sustainable Coastlines, and Scott and Mig from Fishing & Adventure on the day to take part and be sure to engage in some good fishing chat while we’re at it!

Map of meeting locations can be found here.

You should remember: To register online! (below). Bring: closed-toed shoes. Sun-smart gear. Raincoats and appropriate clothing for the day on the coast. Reusable drink bottles, filled and ready to go. A camera!

What we’ll provide: All relevant equipment: Gloves, sacks, sunblock etc. Health and Safety documentation & briefing. First aid trained staff and first aid kits. Hand sanitiser. Refreshments post-cleanup. Water refills. Rubbish removal.


What: Dog’s Day Out

Where: Sumner at 10:30am and New Brighton Beaches at 2:00 pm (near the surf life saving clubs)

When: Saturday 29 February

Details: Find out how you can “LEAD THE WAY” with your pooch to help keep coastal wildlife safe on our beaches. Meet a local conservation dog, and participate in some doggy games to earn your pooch a treat  Contact: Leeann Ellis,


What: Seaweek themed Children’s Clay Workshop

Where: Art At Sumner Hub 57 Nayland Street Sumner, Christchurch. Located in the Old Police Station.

When: Saturday 29 February from 10-11:30  am

Details: Come along and express your love for our oceans! In this 90-minute clay workshop (10 -11:30), the young artist will have the opportunity to make two Seaweek themed clay pieces. We will be creating a turtle and a bowl/dish that are perfect for gifts or keepsakes. Creations will be glaze fired using one colour and be available for collection in two weeks after the workshop. Suitable for children aged 7 upwards. 5-7-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $25 – this covers the cost of clay and two firings Website link to more information. To book contact Nikki through this link. Places are limited. Email:


What: Know your big blue back yard

Where: Akaroa Boat Shed

Event Date: Saturday 29 February – 7 PM

Details: Friends of Banks peninsulas new sub committee ‘Regenerate’ is organising an event during sea week, do you know your big blue back yard?

Local PHD students and special guest speakers will present their latest studies and stories about what’s happening in our marine environment. Want to find out about our hectors dolphins, yellow-eyed penguins and what it’s like to live with leopard seals ? Come along to the Akaroa boatshed! Entry fee – Koha donation on the day. (50 places available first in first served.) View PDF of Sea-week poster  View speakers & topics below:

“Investigating potential impacts of tourism on Hector’s dolphins” by William Carome, M.Sc. student, University of Otago

– “An update on the status of Hector’s dolphins at Banks Peninsula, is the number of dolphins increasing or declining” by Lindsay Wickman, PhD candidate, University of Otago

– “Effects of mussel farming on Hector’s dolphins, an ecosystem perspective” by Jesu Valdes, PhD candidate, University of Otago.

– “Kāinga noho o ngā hoiho: marine distribution of yellow-eyed penguins” by Rachel Hickcox, PhD candidate, University of Otago.

– “Living with Leopard seals” by Giverny Forbes-Scott, M.Sc. student, University of Otago.

Website link to more information Contact: Pohatu penguins Akaroa 03 304 8542


What: Tuhaitara Coastal Park Bike Ride

Where: Woodend Beach Domain – Trust office

When: March 1 3.30-6.30pm

Details: A 14km round trip that will showcase a mix of projects underway to restore & protect sensitive ecosystems in the area. Bring your own bike (mountain bike best), helmet, water bottle & snacks. All riding on trails & quiet roads. Children must be accompanied by an adult & be able to ride confidently. Event free but a Donation to Te Kohaka o Tuhaitara Trust welcomed. Website link to more information.  Contact: Greg Byrnes


What: Ephemeral Art Competition – Creation Day

Where: Sumner Beach – register at the gazebo by Cave Rock

When: Sunday 1 March 3-5 PM

Details: As part of the Christchurch/Canterbury wide Ephemeral Art Competition. Come along and create your very own entry on Sumner Beach. Gather together with others and create art that is made from sand, driftwood and other goodies you can find on the beach. Add further interest to your creations using items found on a beach clean up day. We’ll help you enter the competition by photographing your artwork and uploading it to the Sea Week website. General information about the competition and prizes can be found on the NZAEE Sea Week website in the link below and check out the Art At Sumner Hub Facebook page for timings (again these will be tide dependent) or pop into the Sumner Hub 57 Nayland Street. Free event – Koha/donation to the Sumner Hub to cover printing costs of your photographed work for an exhibition at MPCC. Check out the PDF Flyer here: Ephemeral Art Competition Poster


What: For the Love of Sharks

Where: WEA, 59 Gloucester St (opposite the Art Gallery)

When: Tuesday 3 March 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Details: Did you know that sharks don’t have bones? That there are sharks that (attempt) to eat submarines? And that sharks have no vocal cords?! Want to learn even more about these fascinating creatures? Join Anthea Madill to learn about her (and soon to be your) favourite animals: Sharks. Suitable for children too! Koha entry. Register for the lecture online. Contact Lottie Vinson at for more info.


What: RRR – React to Plastic

Where:  Sports Complex, Akaroa

When: Tuesday 3 March 7-9pm

Details: This workshop is about -How we reduce and manage household and commercial plastic waste? How we avoid contributing to the plastic waste problem? Where are we headed?

The main speaker is Dr Sharon McIver whose team ‘Our Daily Waste’ has managed waste at over 100 Canterbury events. She will provide insight into plastic waste and what we can do about it. She will be followed by Julian Calcutt who is Wasteline’s Operator on Banks Peninsula who is at the “coalface” and dealing with disposing our waste. We’ll round things up with sharing ideas and supper will be provided

Cost: Free, sponsored by Akaroa Marine Protection Soc. Contact


What: Ocean Life – From skies above to watery depths and rocks deep below

Where: WEA, Gloucester Street
(opposite the Art Gallery)

When: Wednesday, 4th March 7:00 – 8.30 PM

Details: Let’s take a snapshot of the amazing diversity of ocean life but in a different sort of way with a presentation with Paul Broady. Choose a location way offshore in the Pacific. Plummet vertically down from the high atmosphere, swim through the water to the abyssal depths and then tunnel deep into the sediments and rocks. What do we find along the way? What strategies for survival has life evolved in the many and varied habitats? How do they all combine in a network of interactions? Is anything left to be explored? Maybe there’s quite a lot. Koha entry. Register for the lecture online. Contact Lottie Vinson at for more info


What: Is there a case for deep sea mining? A Youth Open Space Workshop

Where:TSB Space, Tūranga – Central library

When: Thursday 5 March 4-6pm

Details: Join this workshop to discuss the possible environmental, social, economic and political effects of deep-sea mining. Explore the issues that may arise should we decide to mine for minerals deep in our oceans. Hear from those already thinking about them followed by discussion. Please register to attend:


What: Sea Week Quiz Night

Where: Ma Maison Restaurant and Bar’s terrace (2 Rue Jolie, Akaroa 7520)

When: Thursday 5 March 6:30 pm

Details:  – Know your big blue backyard! – Ma Maison, Friends of Banks Peninsula’s new sub committee “Regenerate” and the New Zealand Whale and Dolphin Trust are organising a Quiz Night during Sea Week 2020.

Registration: 5 nzd per person (20 nzd for teams of 4 people) which will be donated to Penguin Conservation. (LIMITED SPACES, REGISTER ASAP TO SECURE A TABLE!)

Website link to more information. Contact: Maria Jesus Valdes


What: Twilight Beach Walk

Where: Meet near the toilets at entrance to the Southshore Spit Reserve/ Te Karoro Karoro, end of Rockinghorse Road.

When: Thursday 5 March 6.30pm

Details: From the Spit Reserve to New Brighton Pier

Come; enjoy the ocean, beach & bird life with others. Reflect together on the amazing beauty that surrounds our island home, & how we might give back. Stay on at the end for takeaways on the beach. Walk leader: Mark Gibson Cost: Free. If wet, alternative date Fri 6th March, 6.30pm Contact: Mark Gibson


What: What happens to plastic in the ocean?

Where: WEA, 59 Gloucester St
(opposite the Art Gallery)

When: Friday, 6 March from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Details:  You have likely heard in the news about vast quantities of plastic making their way into the ocean. But what happens with it once it is there? Anthea Madill will describe the types of problems that plastic can cause and then discuss some opportunities to reduce single use plastic use. This talk is part of the Scientific Snippets series at WEA. Cost: $10 casual for one session or $27 for series of 4 talks. Register online. Contact Lottie Vinson at for more info


What: Estuary Edge Clean-up

Where: South New Brighton Community Centre, end of Beatty Street

When: Saturday 7 March 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Details: Together we can make a difference! Let’s clear the litter & Keep Christchurch Beautiful. Bring sunhat, gardening gloves (if you have them) & footwear that covers your toes. There will be a safety briefing at 10:30 AM. Organised by Hamish Fairbairn, of Conservation Volunteers with Tanya Jenkins of the AHI Estuary Trust. Contact for more details.


What: Children’s Workshop: Make a Migratory Fish Puppet

Where: Ao Tawhiti School, 5 Mollet St, Chch City

When: 7 March 1.30-4.30pm

Details: Facilitated by Lyttelton puppet maker Juliet Neill this workshop is for children 8-13 keen to create fish puppets that will be used during World Fish Migration Day on 16th May (an event to be held at Tūranga). Bookings essential Cost $10.00 Website link to more information. The puppets will need to be left to dry overnight. We would like to hold on to them for the student to collect and use during the World Fish Migration Day event at Tūranga but participation in that event can be negotiated. Contact:


What: Farewell to Godwits

Where: Meet at Southshore Spit Reserve at the end of Rockinghorse Road

When: Sunday, 8 March at 6 PM

Details: Meet at Southshore Spit Reserve at  6 to enjoy a free sausage sizzle, music and information stalls.

6:30pm: A short talk by a ranger followed with a guided walk to view the birds up close. Bring your own binoculars if you have them. Visit their website or contact Tanya Jenkins for more details at


What: Ride the Coastal Pathway Ferrymead to Sumner 

Where: Meet Tidal View carpark area, Ferrymead

When: Sunday 8 March 10.30-1230

Details: Check out the bird life along our estuarine coast and get some inside tips on their life from our guide. Bring your own bike, water, & helmet. Free but bring $$ for icecream/coffee at end. Contact Colleen Philip:


What: Wetland Detective Walk

Where: Charlesworth Wetland Reserve carpark, Charlesworth Street, Brookhaven.

When: Sunday,15 March 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Details: Wetland Detective activity for the whole family! Walk the 40-minute Detective trail in the restored wetland and receive a prize for completing the walk. Follow a map to discover interesting facts about the wetland. No need to register, free event, just be there. Contact Tanya Jenkins for more details:

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