WELLINGTON

There are lots of Seaweek 2020 events happening in Wellington, we’ll be adding details of new events as we receive them. If you’d like to organise an event please contact the Regional Coordinator from Greater Wellington Regional Council Micheline.Evans: Micheline.Evans@gw.govt.nz

Wellington Seaweek 2020 Events

Taputeranga Community Snorkel Day – Saturday 1 February 10 AM – 2:30 PM

#rubbishchallenge – 29 February and onwards!

Ghost Fishing New Zealand Annual Harbour Cleanup – 29 February 9:00 AM

Seaweek @ Aratoi – 29 February – 8 March, 10am – 4pm

Save the Whales with Project Jonah – Saturday 29 February

Whitireia Community Snorkelling Day – Saturday 29 February 10 AM- 2:30 PM

Roaming Hut by the Wharf – Sunday 1 March

Lyall Bay Coast Care & Wellington East Girls College Enviro Group Beach Clean -Sunday 1 March 10am

Preschool Storytime @ Wainuiomata – Tuesday 3 March 10:30 am

Preschool Storytime @ Taita Library – Tuesday 3 March 11 am

Marine Menagerie @ Petone – Tuesday 3 March, 3.30pm

Preschool Storytime @ Eastbourne – Wednesday 4 March, 10 am

Seaweek Movie @ War Memorial Library – Wednesday 4 March, 10 am

Preschool Storytime @ Naenae – Wednesday 4 March,10:30 am

Preschool Storytime @ Morea – Wednesday 4 March, 11am

Preschool Storytime @ War Memorial Library – Wednesday 4 March, 11am

Marine Menagerie @ War Memorial Library – Wednesday 4 March, 3.30pm

Preschool Storytime @ Petone – Thursday 5 March, 10:30 am

Preschool Storytime @ Stokes – Thursday 5 March, 11 am

Marine Menagerie @Wainuiomata – Thursday 5 March, 3.30pm

Seaweek Movie @ Petone – Thursday 5 March @ 3:30 pm

Kai & Kōrero Networking Event – Thursday 5 March, 5.30-8.00pm

Ghost Fishing NZ – Diving into a Cleaner Future – Thursday 5 March @ 6:30 pm

Preschool Storytime @ War Memorial Library – Friday 6 March @ 10:30 am

Our Seas Our Future “No Butts” Cleanup – Saturday 7 March

Stop Motion Animation @ Petone – Saturday 7 March, 1pm-3pm

Whitireia Community Snorkelling Day – Saturday 7 March 10 AM- 2:30 PM

VUW Coastal Ecology Lab Open Day – Saturday 7 March, 10 am – 3 pm

Tour and Beach Tidy @ Lake Ōnoke – Sunday 8 March, 9.30am-4.30pm

Annual Kaiwharawhara Estuary Clean Up & Litter Audit – Sunday 8 March 10-11.30 am

Help save Leonard the Pilot Whale – Sunday 8 March , 2 pm

Seaweek Book Group @ Petone – Sunday 8 March, 2:30 pm

Science in the Hutt: Impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s kelp forest ecosystems – Thursday 26 March 6:30

 

What: Taputeranga Community Snorkel Day

Where: Princess Bay, Wellington. If the swell is up at Princess Bay, we may move the event to Island Bay. Check the facebook page in the morning of the event to double check. 

When: Saturday 1 February 10 AM – 2:30 PM 

Details: Come and get your snorkel on at the Taputeranga Marine Reserve! Mountains to Sea Wellington snorkel guides will help you explore the spectacular underwater world of the south coast, and learn about the amazing creatures that live in the reserve. New snorkelers are encouraged (but you must be able to swim). Wetsuits, snorkels, flippers and safety gear are provided. Please note the minimum age is 8 years, and children below 16 must be accompanied by a snorkelling adult.

You don’t need to book, just turn up and register for the next available snorkel tour. What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, camera, warm clothes. We look forward to seeing you there! If you register to attend on the Facebook event, you’ll receive important information and updates, including a confirmation of the location. If the weather isn’t great on the day, we’ll postpone the event to the 15th of February. This is a Free event is brought to you by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Mountains to Sea Wellington. View this event on Eventfinda for more information 

If you are a keen and experienced snorkeler and would like to help the Mountains to Sea Wellington team with this community event please contact volunteer@mtsw.org.nz. Volunteers are needed for this and a number of other community and school programmes over the summer.  

 

What: #rubbishchallenge

Where: National – #rubbishchallengenz starting in Seaweek, encouraging people to get plogging during Seaweek as well as afterwards, as rubbish never goes away!

When: Saturday 29 February Onwards!

Details: Run, walk, bike, stroll, take a plastic bag and collect rubbish from your local beach, riverside, park, street, shopping area and fill it. Take a picture! Post yourself with the rubbish on Instagram, Facebook and use #rubbishchallengeNZ and nominate at least 3 other friends to do the same. We will be posting on Facebook, Instagram, emailing our database of contacts as well as encouraging businesses to get groups together one lunchtime.  More info here on their facebook event page!

 

What: Ghost Fishing New Zealand – Annual Harbour Cleanup

Where: Wellington Waterfront; Taranaki Wharf, between Frank Kitts Park & Whairepo Lagoon – look for the GFNZ signs.

When: 29 February 2020
9.00am – Registrations open,
10am – Briefing
10:30am – Divers in the water.
2.00pm ish clean-up and pack down.

Details: Join Ghost Fishing New Zealand at the biggest dive clean up in New Zealand – our Annual Harbour Clean Up!!  This will be an ocean and shore based clean up once again targeting rubbish in and around the Wellington foreshore specifically at and around Frank Kitts park. Scuba divers, free divers and shore crew all needed! Be prepared to get wet and dirty! • Scuba Divers who wish to participate must have a minimum of 50 logged and be comfortable working in low / zero visibility. • Scuba and Free Divers must provide their own gear and tanks. If you also have your own catch bag(s) or float boat for collecting rubbish, please bring this along and ensure they are named. • If you would like to join in the fun and participate as part of the shore crew, you will need to make sure you are wearing fully covered shoes and bring a pair of gardening gloves……. also be prepared to get down and dirty! • The fantastic team from the Island Bay Marine Education Centre will also be on site to show you the weird and wonderful creatures we find, and help to educate you more on what we do!

Shore Crew are needed to: 1) Supporting the divers, monitoring positions, and ensuring the safety of the other shore crew members; 2) Picking up rubbish from the shore and surrounding area; 3) Collecting rubbish from the divers and delivering this to the decritter station; 4) Decrittering; 5) Recording rubbish collected; 6) Clean up and pack down; 7) Other tasks as needed.

PLEASE NOTE: • This is a free family friendly event, but children must be supervised at all times by an adult. • Closed toe footwear must be worn for safety. • Please bring your own hand protection (gardening gloves or similar). • Don’t forget your own water bottle and bring sunscreen if it’s a warm day. • Dress for the weather (warm clothes and jackets) – we go ahead rain or shine. • There will also be plenty of work for non-divers to get involved. • If this event is cancelled due to weather, notification will be given on the Facebook page, the day before. Check out this great poster too: GFNZ 2020 ANNUAL HARBOUR 3

 

What: Seaweek @ Aratoi

Where: Aratoi, 12 Bruce St, Masterton, Wairarapa

When: 29 February – 8 March, 10am – 4pm

Details: Aratoi celebrates SEAWEEK KAUPAPA MOANA in three ways!

Whale paintings by Wairarapa artist Paula Coulthard from her series Ika Moana, a very old Te reo Māori name for whales. The English translation is Fish of the Sea.

A sea-blue window installation made with waste plastic by Wellington artist Dani Henke, the recent Masterton District Fellow with NZ Pacific Studio.

Table of treasures collected from local beaches, ready for tamariki and their whānau to explore and create something special to take home.

Free entry. All welcome. Visit their website for more information

Aratoi is proud to join Seaweek, the annual national week celebrating the moana, in partnership with the Department of Conservation (DOC) Whakaoriori / Masterton Office and the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE)

 

What: Save the Whales with Project Jonah

Where: Sustainability Trust, 2 Forresters Lane

When: Saturday 29 February

Details: Celebrate National Sea Week at this family friendly event. Meet Lionel the whale, learn hands-on how to save stranded whales and dolphins on our beaches, and take away some practical tips about how we can help our amazing sea creatures.

All of the proceeds from ticket sales for this event will go to Project Jonah to support the important work that they do. Choose to attend for free or donate $5, $10, or $20. Thank you for your generous donations. Website link to more information.

 

What: Whitireia Community Snorkelling Day

Where: Kaitawa Point, Whitireia Park, Porirua 

When: Saturday February 29 10 AM- 2:30 PM

Details: Come and get your snorkel on at Whitireia Park! Our guides will help you explore this spectacular underwater world and learn about the amazing creatures living in the coastal waters close to Porirua. Local seaweed experts will be joining us on dry land to share their knowledge of our important underwater gardens. New snorkelers are encouraged (must be able to swim). Wetsuits, snorkels, flippers and safety gear are provided. Please note the minimum age is 8 years, and children below 16 must be accompanied by a snorkelling adult.  

You don’t need to book just turn up and register for the next available snorkel tour. If you register to attend on the Facebook event, you’ll receive important information and updates. Otherwise you’ll need to check out the Greater Wellington Regional Council and Mountains to Sea Facebook event page on the morning of the event to find out. What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, camera, warm clothes.

How to get there: NO car parking at the snorkel site – the road there is narrow and can be dangerous when there’s a lot of traffic. You will NOT be able to drive your car to the snorkelling site.  But there are free transport options available. Buses: Titahi Bay bus stop in front of 2 Richard Street – free buses will leave every 30 minutes from 9.30am-1.00pm OR Porirua Train Station bus stop – free buses will leave every hour from 10.00am-1.00pm. You can also park your car in Whitireia Park at the top car park near the junction of Whitireia Road and Transmitter Street and catch one of the buses as it goes past.  

Cycling: You can cycle to the site around the beautiful coastal track. Starting at Titahi Bay Boat Club, it’s 5km to the snorkel site.  

This Free event is brought to you by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Mountains to Sea Wellington. You can also find the details on Eventfinda.

If you are a keen and experienced snorkeller and would like to help the Mountains to Sea Wellington team with this community event please contact volunteer@mtsw.org.nz. Volunteers are needed for this and a number of other community and school programmes over the summer.

 

What: Roaming Hut by the Wharf

Where: Next to the Petone Wharf carpark

When: Sunday 1 March from 12.00 noon to 2 o’clock

Details: You never know who you could meet in a back country hut. Well, what if one of these huts came to Petone beach? Kemi & Niko have created a mobile miniature hut from salvaged materials and invite you to come and hang out beside the wharf, to share your stories about the sea, read from our zine library, and help us collect any MooP (Matter out of Place) found along the beach. All ages welcome! Check @urbanhutclub on instagram or their website for more details on the day. Also a part of NZ Festival of the Arts

 

What: Lyall Bay Coast Care and Wellington East Girls College Enviro Group Beach Clean

Where: Meet next to the playground on Lyall Parade

When: Sunday 1 March, 10 am

Details: Lyall Bay Coast Care and Wellington East Girls College Enviro Group invite you to their Lyall Bay Beach Clean-Up. Meet next to the playground on Lyall Parade at 10 am. Bags provided BYO gardening gloves (limited number of disposable gloves available). Check out the facebook event for more details.

 

What: Preschool Storytime @ Wainuiomata 

Where: Wainuiomata Library & Community Hub, Queen Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt

When: Tuesday 3 March, 10:30

Details: Join us at 10.30am for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana 2020. All ages welcome.

 

What: Preschool Storytime @ Taita Library

Where: Taita Library, Walter Nash Centre, Taine Street, Taita, Lower Hutt

When: Tuesday 3 March, 11 am

Details: Join us at 11am for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana 2020. All ages welcome.

 

What: Marine Menagerie

Where: Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

When: Tuesday 3 March, 3.30pm

Details: What lives under the sea? Victoria University of Wellington’s marine biology experts are bringing marine animal models for you to explore! Learn about the diversity of life beneath the waves. Ask questions about life in the sea! Event starts at 3.30pm.

 

What: Preschool Storytime @ Eastbourne

Where: Eastbourne Library, 38 Rimu Street, Eastbourne, Lower Hutt

When:  Wednesday 4 March, 10am

Details: Join us at 11am for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana 2020. All ages welcome.

 

What: Seaweek Movie @ War Memorial Library

Where: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

When: Wednesday 4 March, 10 am

Details: Join us at 10am for a special screening of a movie about the sea! For more information, check with the library.

 

What: Preschool Storytime @ Naenae

Where: Naenae Library, Hillary Court, Naenae, Lower Hutt

When: 4 March 10:30 am

Details: Join us at 10.30am for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana 2020. All ages welcome.

 

What: Preschool Storytime @ Morea

Where: Moera Library, 107 Randwick Crescent, Moera, Lower Hutt

When: Wednesday 4 March, 11am

Details: Join us at 11am for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana 2020. All ages welcome.

 

What: Marine Menagerie

Where: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

When: Wednesday 4 March, 3.30pm

Details: What lives under the sea? Victoria University of Wellington’s marine biology experts are bringing marine animal models for you to explore! Learn about the diversity of life beneath the waves. Ask questions about life in the sea! Event starts at 3.30pm.

 

What: Preschool Storytime @ Petone

Where: Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

When: Thursday 5 March @ 10:30 am

Details: Join us at 10.30am for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana 2020. All ages welcome.

 

What: Preschool Storytime @ Stokes

Where: Stokes Valley Library, Koraunui Community Hub, 186 Stokes Valley Road, Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt

When: Thursday 5 March, 11 am

Details: Join us at 11am for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana 2020. All ages welcome.

 

What: Marine Menagerie @ Wainuiomata

Where: Wainuiomata Library & Community Hub, Queen Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt

When: Thursday 5 March, 3.30pm

Details: What lives under the sea? Victoria University of Wellington’s marine biology experts are bringing marine animal models for you to explore! Learn about the diversity of life beneath the waves. Ask questions about life in the sea! Event starts at 3.30pm.

 

What: Seaweek Movie @ Petone

Where: Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

When: Wednesday 5 March, 3:30

Details: Join us at 3.30pm for a special screening of a movie about the sea! For more information, check with the local library.

 

What: Kai & Kōrero Networking Event

Where: Te Pātukituki 15 Queen Street Masterton

When: Thursday, March 5 5.30-8.00pm

Details: To celebrate Sea Week 2020, we are holding a networking event to bring together the people in our community passionate about sharing knowledge of te taiao.

Kaiako, kaitiaki, educators and others – we want to celebrate what you do while connecting and re-connecting with people doing this important work for the environment.

Please join us for drinks, nibbles and kōrero from our hosts Te Pātukituki who will be sharing their ideas around community learning and te wai. View the Poster for this meet and greet for details. Please RSVP to Joanne Waitoa 027 405 1048 or jwaitoa@doc.govt.nz by 26/02/2020. Tickets are limited to 50

 

What: Ghost Fishing NZ – Diving into a Cleaner Future

Where: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

When: Thursday 5 March @ 6:30 pm

Details: What is Ghost Fishing NZ? What do they do? Meet Rob Wilson, the President of Ghost Fishing NZ and learn about how they promote marine conservation through sea floor and coastline clean-ups. Find out about the weird things they’ve found in the sea and its affect on marine life. Serena Cox, marine scientist and scientific diver at NIWA, will explain why the work Ghost Fishing does is so important from a scientific point of view. Event starts at 6.30pm. Visit the library website for more info.

 

What: Preschool Storytime @ War Memorial Library

Where: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

When: Friday 6 March @ 10:30 am

Details: Join us at 10.30am for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana 2020. All ages welcome.

 

What: Our Seas Our Future “No Butts” Cleanup

Where: Oriental Bay beach by the Rotunda building. 10.30am-12.30pm.

When: Saturday 7 March

Details: Our Seas our Future (OSOF) is running a nationwide campaign to highlight the negative effects of cigarette butts in our environment. Join us and ‘Keep Wellington Beautiful’ this Seaweek for our first local No Butts cleanup. During this cleanup, we will separate cigarette butts from general rubbish to begin building a picture on the extent of ‘butt pollution’ in Wellington. What to bring: A hat, sunblock, water, your own reusable gloves. Reusable bags and gloves will be provided on the day. Contact: Tasmin: wellington@osof.org

 

What: Stop Motion Animation

Where: Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

When: Saturday 7 March, 1pm-3pm

Details: Tamariki can learn how to make a simple stop-motion animation and create their own short sea-related movie. This event runs from 1pm-3pm. For ages 5+. Spaces are limited. Email – LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz to register.

 

What: Whitireia Community Snorkelling Day 2

Where: Kaitawa Point, Whitireia Park, Porirua 

When: Saturday 7 March 10 AM- 2:30 PM

Details: Come and get your snorkel on at Whitireia Park! Our guides will help you explore this spectacular underwater world and learn about the amazing creatures living in the coastal waters close to Porirua. Local seaweed experts will be joining us on dry land to share their knowledge of our important underwater gardens. New snorkelers are encouraged (must be able to swim). Wetsuits, snorkels, flippers and safety gear are provided. Please note the minimum age is 8 years, and children below 16 must be accompanied by a snorkelling adult.  

You don’t need to book just turn up and register for the next available snorkel tour. If you register to attend on the Facebook event, you’ll receive important information and updates. Otherwise you’ll need to check out the Greater Wellington Regional Council and Mountains to Sea Facebook event page on the morning of the event to find out. What to bring: Togs, towel, sunhat, camera, warm clothes.

How to get there: NO car parking at the snorkel site – the road there is narrow and can be dangerous when there’s a lot of traffic. You will NOT be able to drive your car to the snorkelling site.  But there are free transport options available. Buses: Titahi Bay bus stop in front of 2 Richard Street – free buses will leave every 30 minutes from 9.30am-1.00pm OR Porirua Train Station bus stop – free buses will leave every hour from 10.00am-1.00pm. You can also park your car in Whitireia Park at the top car park near the junction of Whitireia Road and Transmitter Street and catch one of the buses as it goes past.  

Cycling: You can cycle to the site around the beautiful coastal track. Starting at Titahi Bay Boat Club, it’s 5km to the snorkel site.  

This Free event is brought to you by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Mountains to Sea Wellington. You can also find the details on Eventfinda.

If you are a keen and experienced snorkeller and would like to help the Mountains to Sea Wellington team with this community event please contact volunteer@mtsw.org.nz. Volunteers are needed for this and a number of other community and school programmes over the summer.

 

What: VUW Coastal Ecology Lab Open Day

Where:  VUCEL, 396 the Esplanade, Island Bay, Wellington

When: Saturday 7 March, 10 am-3 pm

Details: Wellington locals can take an up-close look at the exciting marine biology discoveries happening right on their doorstep at the annual Victoria University of Wellington Coastal Ecology Lab (VUCEL) Open Day on Saturday 7 March.

Between 10am and 3pm, visitors of all ages can interact with marine creatures, see research equipment in action, ask VUCEL researchers anything they want to know about marine life, and learn about marine biology research from interactive displays.

“We really enjoy the opportunity to engage with folks in the local community about our coastal research. It’s basically in their backyard so people are very curious and often passionate about the marine environment. And so are we!” says Associate Professor Nicole Phillips, Director of VUCEL. “This event gives our researchers and visitors the chance to share our discoveries and  how we go about trying to answer some challenging questions.  Of course the touch tank is also always immensely popular, because it’s a chance to  not only see and touch these fascinating marine creatures but learn about them as well.”

The VUCEL Open Day is the only time the laboratory is open to the public. Please note that this is a free and family friendly event, but children must be supervised at all times by an adult.

 

What: Tour and Beach Tidy @ Lake Ōnoke

Where: Lake Ōnoke, Southern Wairarapa Coast

When: Sunday 8 March, 9.30am-4.30pm

Details: Celebrate Sea Week 2020 at Lake Ōnoke with local tour guides Te Rua o Mahara; catch the bus from Masterton, listen to kōrero about matauranga Māori around navigation and the lunar calendar. Visit the star compass (mātai whetū) and help tidy the beach on the way. Light lunch provided. Bring water, sturdy shoes and dress for changeable weather conditions. Register online at Eventfinda by Monday, March 2. Capacity 40. Bus leaves Tranzit, Masterton at 9.30am. Bus returns to Tranzit at 4.30pm.

 

What: Annual Kaiwharawhara Estuary Beach Clean Up & Litter Audit

Where: Meet outside the Inter-Islander Ferry Terminal, from where we will make our way to the estuary as a group.

When: Sunday 8 March  10 am until 11.30

Details Please wear sturdy, toe covered footwear, a sunhat, sunscreen and bring a water bottle. Gloves and rubbish bags will be provided. Also some light refreshments will be provided at the end of the clean up.

There is an additional optional activity following this: We will be completing a litter audit of the rubbish collected to contribute to the Sustainable Coastlines Litter Project database. We will go to 238 Thorndon Quay for this (5 to 10 minutes drive from Ferry Terminal) hosted at Te Puna Reo o Ngā Kākano. Some lunch will be provided at Te Puna Reo for volunteers between the Estuary clean up and the Litter audit. Contact Amanda Dobson for more info: ngahononga@gmail.com

 

What: Help save Leonard the Pilot Whale

Where: Anzac Lawn, War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

When: Sunday 8 March

Details: Have you ever wondered how rescuers try to save stranded whales, dolphins and orca?

Come along at 2pm to meet Leonard, Project Jonah’s life-size inflatable training whale, as well as some local Project Jonah Marine Mammal Medics, as they demonstrate some of their skills and share their experiences.

Project Jonah is a New Zealand charity with volunteer Marine Mammal Medics all over the country who are trained to respond to marine mammal strandings along our coastline. Strandings can happen at any time of the year, and can involve a single animal, or hundreds, and members of the public often provide valuable assistance.
Join in as the Marine Mammal Medics explain and demonstrate how stranded marine mammals are cared for and refloated, and some of the challenges involved. You’ll learn what to do (and what not to do) if you are ever at a marine mammal stranding, and what equipment is used.  Suitable for all ages, although younger children will need adult supervision. Visit the library website for more info.

 

What: Seaweek Book Group @ Petone

Where: Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street, Petone, Lower Hutt

When: Sunday 8 March

Details: A friendly and casual book discussion group that meets at 2.30pm at Petone Library on the second Sunday of the month, everyone welcome! In March, the theme will be sea-related in recognition of Seaweek | Kaupapa Moana

 

What: Science in the Hutt: Impacts of climate change on New Zealand’s kelp forest ecosystems

Where: War Memorial Library, 2 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt

When: Thursday 26 March, 6:30pm

Details: Ocean warming and acidification threatens New Zealand’s iconic kelp forest ecosystems. Ocean warming will cause profound shifts in species distributions and growth rates. Ocean acidification will inhibit the ability of calcifying species to form new skeletons and could shifts ecosystems away from calcifying species and towards opportunistic seaweeds.

Science in the Hutt are monthly science talks are organised by the Lower Hutt Café Scientifique crew. Come and enjoy a range of science and technology speakers in a relaxed, friendly environment. The talks are aimed at non-scientists so that everyone can explore and learn more about new scientific ideas. Last Thursday of the month, 6:30pm, War Memorial Library.

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