We don’t currently have a Regional Coordinator for Otago, so if you’d like to get involved, have any queries, ideas or events for Seaweek 2019 please contact the National Coordinator:  email pamdcrisp@gmail.com

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.


Otago Seaweek 2019 Events:


Aramoana Snorkel Day

Sunday 24 March 2019, 10am – 2.30pm
Explore the waters of Aramoana/The Mole by snorkel. Spot butterfish, sea tulips and bull kelp.
Fun for the whanau aged 12+*. Create a video of the event, partake in a Marine Metre Squared workshop and you could win a fully funded trip to the Poor Knights**.
This event is funded by The Tindall Foundation and supported by The Department of Conservation, Marine Metre Squared and LB Engineering.
It is part of NZAEE Seaweek.
When: 10am – 2:30pm – Please arrive 20mins prior to your registered time in your swimwear, Marine Metre Squared workshops running on the same times.
Back up date of Monday 25th of March 2019 (Otago Anniversary Day).
Where: Exact location TBC. Either on the Mole (seawall) or at Aramoana Beach (harbour side)
Bring your own gear or get free hire of our mask, snorkel, fins, hoods and wetsuits. Recommended for everyone 12 years and up. *Younger participants are welcome to attend if they have their own equipment.
All children under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult beach observer.
Experienced guides and advanced safety procedures will be in place on the day.
This event is donate to participate – either cash on the day, online or by donating your time in volunteering on future events.
Information Sheet: https://www.emr.org.nz/images/emr/events/Snorkel_Day_flyers/Aramoana_Information_Sheet_2019.pdf
Check out our frequently asked questions here:
* Poor Knights Annual Competition Trip information
The Poor Knights Islands are a marine reserve off the coast of Tutukaka, Northland.
The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation is funding 2 students and their parents to attend the trip on Friday the 17th of May. All flights and accommodation included.
Students 18 and under are able to enter the competition.
They need to attend the snorkel day and a Marine Metre Squared workshop.
You need to create a video which addresses a marine related issue in the Otago Region which reaches the wider community.
It must include footage from the snorkel day.
Full criteria can be found here: https://www.emr.org.nz/images/emr/pdf/poor-knights-trip/poor_knights_comp_criteria_19.pdf
Entries must be uploaded to Google Drive/Dropbox and shared with lorna@emr.org.nz.
Entries close on Monday the 22nd of April at 6pm.
Terms and conditions:
Please note that if you can no longer make it you need to give at least 24 hours notice via email. We have a limited number of spots on these trips and last minute pull outs or no shows mean that people miss out. We may charge a fee of $10pp if we don’t get adequate notice.
We will be collecting images and video from the day – if you do not want to be included in social media or press releases please let the organiser know.
Lorna is the trip organiser – if you have any questions or you think you may be running late – please call her on 021 02732339.

Marine Metre Squared on Quarantine Island

Saturday 2 March 2019, 8am
Join us for some Marine Metre Squared fun on Quarantine Island.
You need adequate shoe wear for rocky shore.
Free event.
Contact: Nadjejda Espinel, email: nadjejdae@gmail.com

Dunedin Coastal Clean-up & Expo

Saturday 2 March 2019, 10.30am – 2.30pm. Meet at Marlow Park, JOHN WILSON DRIVE, ST KILDA.
Keep Dunedin Beautiful & Our Seas Our Future are again joining forces (with more friends this year!) for the 2019 Sea Week Coastal Clean-up. This year’s theme is “Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas”, highlighting the impact of plastic, litter and other pollutants on our coastline, seas and the marine life that live there.
Join us for a family fun event at Marlow Park (Dinosaur Park) to learn about our special coastal environment and how we can help it flourish.
The Aquavan from the University of Otago Marine Studies Centre will be joining us, bringing live marine critters and touch pools to create awareness and understanding of our special marine environment. There will be interactive educational games from DOC and Keep Dunedin Beautiful to teach us about what threatens the health of the marine environment and what we can do to help it.
Finish off the fun by getting stuck in and cleaning up the beach. Bags and gloves will be provided at the site.
*************Beach Clean Up Guidelines****************************
Where can I do a clean-up?
– Beaches and coastal environments around Dunedin. You choose the area and go for it!
Where do I get rubbish bags and gloves?
– Join us at the meeting place from 10.30am (Marlow Park, JOHN WILSON DRIVE, ST KILDA) and collect your rubbish bags and gloves (or bring your own pair of reusable gloves).
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GkfKKCpX36F2
What are some good places to clean?
– John Wilson Ocean Drive/Ocean Beach (Coastal Dune and Beach areas), Brighton, Blackhead, The Molars, you choose! ( but be mindful of wildlife that may be seeking shelter in the trees and dunes!)
What do I do with the rubbish?
– BRING COLLECTED RUBBISH BACK TO MEETING PLACE BY 12.30 PM (latest) for sorting and removal.
What else do I need to know?
Low tide is 8.30 am
High tide is 2.11pm
What to bring:
• Closed-toe and sturdy shoes (such as sports shoes/ cross trainers/ tramping boots)
• Warm clothing: Check the weather and dress appropriately
• Sun screen and hat
• Camera (please send photos to info@osof.org)
• Lunch and snacks
• Water
This event is open to everyone who would like to take part in keeping Dunedin’s coastline clean and beautiful, however under 18 year olds must be supervised by a parent or guardian. We recommend looking for rubbish in pairs or groups for safety (and some good company).
When you are done with your rubbish collecting, please bring it back to the meeting place for sorting and collection.
For more information please contact one of the event host organisations or email keepdunedinbeautiful@dcc.govt.nz

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