There will be lots of Seaweek 2020 events happening in Northland and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Northland Regional Coordinator, Morag Vasilaki, if you’d like to organise an event: firstname.lastname@example.org
Northland Seaweek 2020 Events:
Family Fun at the Beach – Saturday 29 February 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Community Guided Kayak Day @ Waikaraka – Saturday 29 February 10 AM onwards
Pataua Drift Snorkel – Sunday March 1
Ocean Fest Northland with Steve Hathaway, Young Ocean Explorers – Tuesday 3 March from 6 PM
Underwater/Beach Clean Up – Onerahi – Saturday 7 March
Kai Iwi Day Snorkel – Saturday 21 March 10am-3pm
Kai Iwi Night Snorkel – Saturday 21 March from 7pm
Where: Bayly’s Beach (near Chases Gorge entrance)
When: Saturday 29 February
2:30 – 5:00 PM
Details: Free Family fun activities and challenges! Informative Displays connecting us to the Sea. Surf Lifesavers equipment and games. Games and sports. Treasure Hunts. Colouring Competitions. Free Horse rides for children. Free sausage sizzle and Ice blocks. Happily provided by the Baylys Beach Society – Voice for the Community. Contact email@example.com for more information or to volunteer to help on the day.
Where: Waikaraka Rest Area
If coming from Onerahi, the Waikaraka Council Reserve can be found on the right hand side of the road just before you get to Waikaraka (70km speed limit). There is a gravel area for parking in front of the reserve, you will see the EMR gazebo set-up as well as an EMR teardrop flag!
When: 29 February Sessions are 10.00am, 11.00am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm, 1 hour duration each
Details: Come and explore the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve aboard a kayak.
Learn first hand about the marine life that lives there and get kayaking tuition from the professionals. You will be guided through large mature mangroves and down a tidal channel where one of New Zealand’s largest colonies of cormorants live and nest. See yellow-eyed mullet leaping out of the water, flounder in the shallows or the royal spoonbill hiding in the mangroves if you’re really lucky!
Fun for the whole whanau – recommended for children over 7. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult participant to ensure adequate ratio. Registrations are essential via eventbrite.
Only 64 spots available. Sea conditions permitting. Participation by koha/donation. Lifejackets and kayaks are provided option of BYO kayak
Meet at: Waikaraka Council reserve rest area on Whangarei Heads Road (please note: this is not the marine reserve at Reotahi!)
Bring: Footwear for kayaking. Spare change of clothes. Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen.
This event is funded by and supported by Seaweek, Pacific Coast Kayaks and the Department of Conservation
When: Tuesday 3 March from 18:00-20:30
Details: Ocean Fest is back – this time in Kerikeri! Join us for an evening of connecting with our coast! Doors open at 6.00pm followed by nibbles and networking around sea-inspired displays. Entertainment kicks off at 6.30pm with 10-minute talks from:
Howard (Howie Reti) and his story book about traditional seafood harvesting: Tāngata Nunui, Tāngata Nohinohi – Humans big and small, and
Samara Nicholas from Experiencing Marine Reserves showcasing marine conservation in Te Taitokerau and the importance of people exploring the ocean
And finally, special guest Steve Hathaway from Young Ocean Explorers will wow us for 45 minutes with his professional underwater videography and photography – not to mention his AMAZING stories.
More info on our GUEST SPEAKER – STEVE HATHAWAY
BAFTA award winning cameraman. Steve’s underwater footage has appeared on BBC’s Blue Planet 2 and many other international documentaries including the popular and timely documentary ‘Blackfish’, about orca in captivity. He’s an enthusiastic communicator who passionately educates the public on how incredible and fascinating NZ’s ocean is and the life that lives in it.
He’s also created the children’s series Young Ocean Explorers and says “There is nothing as powerful as a great story to captivate a child’s imagination. My mission is to inspire children to love the ocean through entertaining education to engage their innate curiosity of the natural world.” Check out Young Ocean Explorers Website
Where: Pataua estuary, Pataua. We will set up our EMR trailer at Pataua South near the toilets – but if you are coming from the northern side just walk over the bridge!
Just in case you are not familiar with Pataua – the bridge connecting Pataua North and South is a foot bridge only, so you will need to pick the side that you are driving to before the start of your journey. If you are coming from Whangarei or further south it’s probably easiest to drive to Pataua South, if you are coming from further north it may be best to drive to Pataua North!
When: Sunday March 1
Details: Explore the Pataua estuary through this fun guided drift snorkel. Watch schools of Parore, piper and yellow eyed mullet and have a close look at triplefin, anemones and hermit crabs – this estuary will surprise you with its abundance of life! Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Registrations essential via eventbrite.
Recommended for everyone 8 years and up. Children under 15 will need an adult supervisor with them in the water. Maximum of 24 participants per group, qualified guide will lead the group. Advanced safety procedures in place. Registrations essential. View this event on facebook!
First snorkel: 9:30am -11pm
Second snorkel: 10:30pm – 12pm
Third snorkel: 11:30 pm – 1pm
This event FREE to participate because it is funded by Whangarei District Council and is celebrating Seaweek.
Where: Onerahi Wharf, 188 Beach Road, Onerahi, Whangarei
When: Saturday 7 March
Details: We have been approached by Dive Now – Whangarei to run an underwater beach clean up for Sea Week. We will be running 2 teams, one to collect items in water and one team to deal with rubbish above water. We are diving at slack low tide which is 12.19pm, so plan to hit the water at 11.40am.
All divers must be qualified, buddied up and tow a dive float (Dive Now can provide these) and have a catch bag for rubbish. Larger items can be dealt with by the qualified teams with lift bags.We are also looking for volunteers in boats or kayaks to anchor up and display dive flags to alert of water users of our presence. The best parking will be further along the road around 206 Beach Road. Any support boats will be able to launch from the boat ramps. Website link to more information. Contact: Karen Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Pine Beach, Lake Taharoa, Kai Iwi Lakes, Dargaville
When: Saturday 21st of March 2020
Day snorkel from 10am-3pm Register at the tent on the day
(Twilight/Night snorkels from 7pm – Registrations essential. See details below.)
Explore the beautiful Taharoa Lake at Pine Beach and discover tuna/eels, bullies and dwarf īnanga whilst enjoying the crystal clear waters of the Kai Iwi Lakes. This event is funded by Foundation North and is a part of Sea Week. Recommended for everyone 5 years and up. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.
Experiencing Marine Reserves runs a series of free and subsidised events over the summer months that rely on public support to make them happen. We appreciate donations to participate, either cash or eftpos on the day, online or by giving a koha of your time volunteering at a future event. Most people donate $5-10pp. Check out some frequently asked questions here.
Where: Lake Waikare Ski Club, Kai Iwi Lakes, Dargaville
When: Saturday 21 March
Twilight snorkel from 8:00-8:45pm
Night snorkel from 8:45-9:30pm
Details: Explore Lake Waikare by night – see tuna/eels, kewai/kōura/freshwater crayfish and bullies. Registrations essential. This event is funded by Foundation North.
Experiencing Marine Reserves runs a series of free and subsidised events over the summer months that rely on public support to make them happen. We appreciate donations to participate, either cash or eftpos on the day, online or by giving a koha of your time volunteering at a future event. Most people donate $5-10pp.
Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 12 years and up. Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day. Information Sheet
As this event requires registration – if you give less than 48 hours notice or do not show up an invoice of $20pp may be issued. Check out some frequently asked questions here. Website link to more information.