There will be lots of Seaweek 2019 events happening in Waikato and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Waikato Regional Coordinators if you’d like to organise an event: Whāingaroa Environment Centre – email: admin@envirocentre.org.nz, phone: 07 839 4452

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.


Waikato Seaweek 2019 Events:


Kirikiriroa Explorers – Seaweek Special at Waikato River

Friday 8 March 2019, 3.30 – 5.30pm. Gate 1, Hamilton Gardens, Kirikiriroa Hamilton. We are meeting in the field by the Gate 1 car park.
To celebrate and acknowledge NZ Seaweek, Kirikiriroa Explorers are having a special session. Our focus is the Waikato River, which connects to the Ocean.
3.30-4pm – Gather, have a go at making flowers out of harakeke, ‘adopt a drain campaign’
4-4.30pm – Dog Awareness and playing with pups, thanks to Ellie
4.30-5pm – Bush exploration, kōrero about what goes in the River and what happens when it reaches the Sea, litter pick.
5-5.30 – Fun in the river (and litter picking). Some of us are staying for a picnic afterwards, too!
* Hat and sun cream
* Swimwear, towel and change of clothes
* Water, snacks and picnic
* [Optional] Picnic mat or chairs
Free event.
Kirikiriroa Explorers is a child and family oriented adventure group based in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, New Zealand.
We run term-time Fridays from 3.30-5.30pm and each week we go on a different adventure that engages children with nature, environmental care, and active citizenship.
All sessions are free (koha is welcomed).
For all enquiries, please contact Camilla on camilla@goeco.org.nz or 07 839 4452
More info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KirikiriroaExplorersHamilton/events/

Marine Matters Seaweek Science Night

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 6.30 – 8.30pm at Orca Restaurant & Bar, 2 Wallis Street, Raglan.
Hosted by Whaingaroa Environment Centre.
Have you ever wondered what impact extreme weather events and changing land use may have on the marine habitat within our harbour?
The Marine Matters project is all about connecting the community with their marine ecosystem and keeping them up to date with coastal issues. ‘Muddy Waters’ is the first in a series of Marine Matters science nights that will welcome expert speakers to present and take your questions on a range of marine topics.
During Seaweek 2019 we welcome Prof. Karin Bryan and Prof. Conrad Pilditch from University of Waikato to talk about the impact land derived sediment can have on estuarine and harbour systems, and find out what research is happening in our own harbour.
Turn up at Orca Bar for 6.30pm to grab some nibbles and get your dose of marine science.

Seaweek Inner Harbour Beach Clean

Saturday 2 March 2019, 2 – 5pm at Raglan Backpackers, 6 Wi Neera St, Raglan.
Hosted by Whaingaroa Environment Centre
Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week to celebrate our coastlines and renew connections with the sea. What better way to do this than to come together as a community to prevent beach debris ending up in the ocean? The Marine Matters project, supported by Xtreme Zero Waste and Karioi Maunga ki te Moana, brings you this Seaweek beach clean. We will scour both the Kopua Domain side of the harbour and the town side so at least half our awesome volunteers will need gum boots. We will round off the afternoon with a BBQ.

Maui Dolphin Day 2019 and the Recycled Raft Race

Saturday 23 March 2019, 11.30am – 4.30pm at Papahua Domain, Raglan.
It’s that time of year again – time to celebrate our community, our natural environment and our neighbours – the cutest, rarest dolphins around – the Popoto / Maui Dolphin.
Come and share some food, play some games, listen to some great music and enjoy the wet and wild Recycled Raft Race, whilst supporting our local community organisations. Emceed by the one and only X-Man.
More details to follow as we have them – keep checking back here.
See you there!
Hosted by the Whaingaroa Environment Centre

Free Professional Development Opportunity for Primary Teachers with Steve Hathaway from Young Ocean Explorers

Let Steve Hathaway, underwater cameraman for BBC’s Blue Planet 2 and creator of Young Ocean Explorers introduce you to the unique underwater world of New Zealand. Steve’s compelling footage and stories are all centred around their Young Ocean Explorers website from which you can confidently teach ecology, the environment living world, habitats and endangered species. The Young Ocean Explorers website covers topics that link to the curriculum for science, social sciences, english, health and physical education and the arts. Steve will introduce you to these curriculum links and the assignments that you can use and create for your class. Come along to the evening and you will leave with an assignment created for your class ready to go.
Register as a teacher on the Young Ocean Explorers website in advance so you’re ready to go on the night.
Bookings are essential. To book contact Erin erin@youngoceanexplorers.com
This event is in partnership with Miller Avenue School, Wright Family Foundation and GIFT.
Wednesday 26 September 2018, 4-6pm at Miller Avenue School, 30 Miller Avenue, Paeroa.

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