PrintNapierCC-LogoThere will be lots of Seaweek events happening in Hawke’s Bay and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Hawke’s Bay Regional Coordinator if you’d like to organise an event: Jake Brookie – email: jakeecowater@gmail.com phone: 021 025 73553

Hawkes Bay Seaweek 2020 Events

SPEARO – Book Launch at Birdwood Gallery – Saturday 22 February 5.30pm

Department of Conservation Marine Metre Squared – From 29th of February to 31st of March 2020

Beach Clean Up Waitangi Regional Park, Awatoto – Saturday 29 February 9 am -12 pm

Estuary Tour – Sunday 1 March From 10am-12noon

CAN Seaweek Plastic Fantastic Sculpture Challenge – Monday 2 March

Twilight at Hardinge Road Reef – Tuesday 3 March at 5.30 pm

Twilight at Pandora Pond – Thursday 5 March 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Book Launch of IF ONLY from Adele Broadbent – Thursday 5 March from 5.30pm

Royal Society Seaweek Lecture – Thursday 5 March

Marine Parade Beach Clean – Friday 6 March 5-6 pm

Our Seas Our Future No Butts Cleanup – Saturday 7 March 10am – 12pm

Seawalls Mural Bus Tour – Saturday 7 March at 1 PM


What: SPEARO – Book Launch at Birdwood Gallery

Where: Birdwood Gallery, Havelock North

When: Saturday 22 February 5.30pm

Details: Spearo is a young adult thriller set in the thrilling world of spear-fishing. To be launched by spearfishing veteran Pat Swanson. One Tree House is an independent children’s publisher of quality books for children and young adults. Mary-anne Scott is a Hawkes Bay writer. All her previous books have been shortlisted for our national children’s book awards.


What: Department of Conservation Marine Metre Squared

Where: Hawkes Bay Libraries

When: From 29th of February to 31st of March 2020

Details: Create a splash during Seaweek by becoming a Marine Citizen Scientist. Help monitor New Zealand’s marine environment in the Marine Metre Squared (Mm²) project by counting the animals and plants you find in a 1m x 1m square patch of your local shore then upload what you have found to www.mm2.net.nz  Just pick up your Mm² How to Guide & Data Sheet and Sandy and Muddy or Rocky Shore Guide from your local library!


What: Beach Clean Up Waitangi Regional Park, Awatoto

Where: Waitangi Regional Park (Between Napier and Clive)

When:  Saturday 29 February from 9am to12pm

Details: Please join us for our annual Beach Clean Up for Seaweek 2020. In 2019 we removed over 752 kilos of litter from this beach, with 105 kgs able to be recycled. We will fire up the BBQ nice and early for our wonderful volunteers. Bring your drink bottle, gloves and a bucket if you can. Please wear appropriate footwear and weather appropriate clothing. In the event of bad weather this event may be cancelled. For further details and to register go to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council facebook events page the Beach Clean Up facebook event page or check out their website. Contact: sally.chandler@hbrc.govt.nz


What: Estuary Tour

Where: Embankment Road, Ahuriri (by the Westshore Beach Inn) From 10am-12noon

When: 1 March From 10am-12noon

Details: Join Lynne Anderson and Jake Brookie for a tour of Ahuriri Estuary. Discover what makes estuaries so important and meet the birds, snails, fish and crabs who call it home. Brought to you by Birds NZ, Forest & Bird and Ahuriri Estuary Protection Society.


What: CAN Seaweek Plastic Fantastic Sculpture Challenge

Where:   Creative Arts Napier, 16 Byron Street

When: Monday 2 March

Details: To celebrate Seaweek, take part in this fun competition, and repurpose some of that supermarket waste that we can no longer recycle!

Create a 3D Sculpture with an environmental message completely from non-recyclable plastic waste, either at home or at CAN from Monday 2 March in the special Plastic Fantastic workshop area on the Mezzanine. Your work will be added to our Plastic Fantastic Challenge exhibition display area and be judged on Friday 27 March by Guest Judges Environmental Artist Susan Mabin and Seaweek Educator Jake Brookie.

Susan and Jake will judge the competition based on the following criteria: Clear Visual Message, Construction and Visual Appreciation. Your sculpture must stand on its own, or be made with a hook for hanging on the wall.

Adults and kids are welcome to take part, using clean plastic waste, either from home or found on the beach. You can enter as an individual or as a group. Entry to the competition is just $5 per entry, with a stack of prizes to be won!

Entry forms will be available at the CAN Front Desk. Children must be accompanied by an adult in the Plastic Fantastic Workshop area. Cost $5  Website link to more information. Facebook Event Page. Contact: Lisa Feyen manager@thecan.co.nz


What: Twilight at Hardinge Road Reef

Where: Hardinge Road rocky shore (by Sprigg’s Park) Napier

When: Tuesday 3 March at 5.30 pm

Details: If you want to find out what lives in the inter-tidal zone at the Hardinge Road reef, join us for a hands-on adventure at the shore. Experts will be on hand to share their knowledge and help identify species.  Bring your own container. Be prepared to get wet feet so appropriate footwear required. Meet beside the playground. In the event of bad weather this event may be cancelled. For further details and to register go to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council facebook events page or check out the website. Contact: sally.chandler@hbrc.govt.nz


What: Twilight at Pandora Pond

Where: Humber Street, Napier

When: Thursday 5 March 5:30pm-7:30pm

Details: Discover the challenges and conservation work of Ahuriri Estuary, in conjunction with local experts.
Includes a loop walk from Humber Street Reserve to Embankment Bridge and beyond. Please wear appropriate footwear and weather appropriate clothing. In the event of bad weather this event may be cancelled. For further details and to register go to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council facebook events page or check out the website. Contact: sally.chandler@hbrc.govt.nz


What: Book Launch of IF ONLY from Adele Broadbent – NZ Children’s and Teens Author and Reviewer

Where: Wardini Books Napier, 44 Hastings Street, Napier City

When: Thursday 5 March from 5.30pm

Details: Come along to celebrate the release of Adele Broadbent’s new novel IF ONLY. Her first novel for Young Adults, this story draws together two girls experiencing their first ‘real’ party and the fallout afterwards. Seemingly unimportant white lies turn a young teen’s world upside down, bring her a first love, drown her in guilt from a secret pressed down deep, and introduce her to the world of whales. Website link to more information
Contact: adelebroadbent@ruralkiwi.com

This novel was written in support of Project Jonah NZ Event. Cost: Gold Coin Donation to Project Jonah NZ. Check out the Project Jonah NZ website and learn more about the wonderful work they do for our injured and stranded Marine Mammals.


What: Royal Society Seaweek Lecture

Where: National Aquarium of New Zealand, Marine Parade Napier

When: Thursday 5 March

Details: Evolution of fish harvesting technology has focussed on minimising cost and optimising extraction selectivity, i.e. minimising unwanted catch. Because of the sustainable limits of the fishery, our fishing industry is now at the point where increased value can only come from maximising fish utilisation. To achieve this we must be increasingly sophisticated about how we manage and harvest our limited resources. Fishing technology has evolved to the point where we are able to control many aspects of the harvesting process; but where to apply the control to maximise fish value?

From our research in the 1990s on King salmon (a model species for understanding the effects of harvesting on post-harvest quality), we developed a new fish-centric, quality-focussed, rested harvesting process. We applied the same approach to NZ’s largest wild fishery (hoki).

Development of a Modular Harvesting System (MHS, which replaces the conventional gear of a trawl), focussed on delivering low-damage, low-fatigue capture of wild fish and the unharmed escape and release of unwanted catch. Commercialisation of this technology has been at the centre of the Primary Growth Partnership-funded Precision Seafood Harvesting (PSH) programme.

This presentation will look at the background, underlying principles and development of the technology, and how fish-focussed industrial fishing technology is not only feasible, but great business.

Suzy Black is a Senior Scientist/Team Leader for PFR’s Seafood Production Group. She has a PhD in Fish Physiology from the University of Canterbury, and over 20 years’ experience in development and industrial implementation of finfish capture, handling and postharvest storage technologies.

Entry by Gold Coin Donation- Questions? Contact Jenny Dee: Secretary@hawkesbay.rsnzbranch.org.nz


What: Marine Parade Beach Clean

Where: Marine Parade, Napier (by Fishbike Rentals)

When: Friday 6 March 5 – 6 pm

Details: Join the Cathedral Environment, Justice and Peace Network and the Catholic Parish of Napier Care of Creation Group in a Beach Clean Up from the port fence to the viewing platform, Marine Parade from 5pm-6pm.

Meet on the grass by Fish Bike Rentals and bring an old bag / bucket and gloves for collecting. Stay for a shared picnic afterwards. Registration not required but the clean will be cancelled in the event of high seas or heavy rain. Contact Jenny Baker pjkr.baker@gmail.com


What: Our Seas Our Future No Butts Cleanup

Where: Meet outside the Jandal Bar in Ahuriri, Napier (by the Iron Pot on Nelson Quay)

When: Saturday 7 March 10am – 12pm

Details: Our Seas our Future (OSOF) is running a nationwide campaign to highlight the negative effects of cigarette butts in our environment. Join us this Seaweek for our first local No Butts cleanup. During this clean we will separate cigarette butts from general rubbish to begin building a picture on the extent of ‘butt pollution’ in the Bay. Please bring reusable gloves and a bucket/bag (reusable bags and gloves provided if needed) hat, sunblock, water. Contact: Jane Gardiner- hawkesbay@osof.org 2102573553


What: Seawalls Mural Bus Tour

Where: Meet at the National Aquarium carpark on Napier’s Marine Parade. There will be a bus stop near the front entrance.

When: Saturday 7 March at 1 PM

Details: All aboard for the mural tour! Take a trip aboard the bus with educator Jake Brookie and artist Cinzah to see the Seawalls murals of central Napier and Ahuriri! The bus will depart from the National Aquarium at 1pm and will return at 2:30pm. While on your journey you can learn about how the murals were painted and what they depict. There will be some short stops along the way to get out and see some of the murals close up. Bookings are essential to ensure everyone gets a seat. Cost: A koha is requested to help cover the bus hireage. Contact jakeecowater@gmail.com for more details and to book.

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