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

Christchurch / Canterbury Seaweek 2020 Events:

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

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

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

What happens to plastic in the ocean? – Friday, 6 March 11.30-1230 AM

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

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