GW Landscape Logo - FullcolThere are lots of Seaweek 2019 events happening in Wellington, we’ll be adding details of new events as we receive them. If you’d like to organise an event: Contact the Regional Coordinator from Greater Wellington Regional Council Sarah Cole – email: sarah.cole@gw.govt.nz phone: 021 840 191 or Joanne Waitoa from DOC (for MASTERTON) – email: jwaitoa@doc.govt.nz phone: 027 405 1048


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.


Wellington Seaweek 2019 Events



Kaiwharawhara Estuary Litter Project Workshop

Sunday 10 March 2019, 1.45 – 2.45pm at 238 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea/Thorndon, Wellington
The Litter Project is a three-year programme led by Sustainable Coastlines that aims to create a grass roots solution to beach litter in New Zealand. Working in collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment, Statistics New Zealand and the Department of Conservation, Sustainable Coastlines have developed a national beach litter monitoring programme, based on the United Nations Environment Programme marine debris survey methodology, that will enable an accurate picture of the beach litter problem in New Zealand to be developed. By working to a United Nations Environment Program methodology, the data will be collected at the highest standard of scientific rigour, allowing it to be used for national, regional and international reporting, including progress against UN Sustainable Development Goals.
To collect the beach litter data long-term, Sustainable Coastlines will be working with community groups & organisations to conduct beach litter surveys at a minimum of 108 beach sites across Aotearoa at least four times per year for the next three years.
They will provide the training and tools required for these groups to take part in this project as Citizen Scientists, conducting regular litter surveys at their chosen local beach sites and loading the litter data into a new, easy to use nationwide beach litter Citizen Science Platform/App they’ve developed specifically for the project. This platform will also include a solutions data base and some awesome litter data visualisation tools in the near future. All the litter data collected will be freely available to the groups involved as well as to the wider public and decision makers.
The upcoming workshop will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the project, the data collection methodology, health & safety planning and the reporting requirements that will allow you to play an important part in this long-term effort to keep our coastlines and beaches beautiful.”
Booking essential. Register here.
Light refreshments provided. Free event.
Contact: Ben Knight, email: ben@sustainablecoastlines.org
More info: http://sustainablecoastlines.org/litterproject/

Wonderful Wai (He Wai Whakamīharo)

Monday 4 March 2019, 3.30 – 4.30pm at Moera Library, 175 Randwick Road, Lower Hutt.
Water, water everywhere! Tamariki can explore water as a solid, a liquid and a gas. Learn about surface tension of water through fun activities and hands-on experiments!
Thanks to Hutt Science for the awesome science kits!
Hosted by Hutt City Libraries

The Sea and Me (Te Moana me Ahau)

  • Wednesday 6 March 2019, 3.30 – 4.30pm at Petone Library, 7 Britannia Street Petone, Petone.
  • Wednesday 13 March 2019, 3.45 -4.45pm at Naenae Library, 341 Cambridge Terrace, Naenae, Lower Hutt.
  • Thursday 14 March 2019, 3.45 -4.45pm at War Memorial Library, Cnr Queens Drive & Woburn Road, Lower Hutt.

Tamariki can learn about marine life through shells and try a couple of hands-on experiments to learn about the sea, water acidity and the importance of keeping it clean!
Thanks to Hutt Science for the awesome science kits!
Hosted by Hutt City Libraries.

Kaiwharawhara Estuary annual Beach Clean up

Sunday 10 March 2019, 3 – 4pm at Kaiwharawhara Estuary – meet outside Interislander Terminal.
Rubbish bags, gloves, hand sanitiser & sunblock will be provided. Also some light refreshments.
Please wear sturdy, toe covered footwear.
Sunhat and water bottle a good idea to bring with you.
Free event – your time & participation is your donation !!
Please email or text Amanda to indicate your intention to attend and support this event. ngahononga@gmail.com Ph: (022) 633-4151

Faces of Climate Change

Friday 8 March 2019, 7 – 8pm at War Memorial Library, Cnr Queens Drive & Woburn Road, Lower Hutt.
Patrick Rose recently finished a Volunteer Service Abroad assignment as a Communication Specialist with UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) Solomon Islands.
The collection of stories, profiles, songs and portraits present a complex mosaic of challenges communities are facing across the country. Climate change looms as the primary threat with sea level rise and extreme storms causing erosion and displacement.
By focusing on the people instead of the weather, the land or the development project infrastructure, the material gives a humanistic glimpse into the lives of people coping with a changing climate.
Hosted by Hutt City Libraries

Marine Reserve photo hunt & critter identification

Sunday 10 March 2019, 1.30 – 3pm at Snorkel Trail, Taputeranga Marine Reserve CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WATER QUALITY FOLLOWING RAIN
Celebrate Sea Week 2019 and become a marine citizen scientist. The Snorkel Trail is a great spot to explore the Taputeranga Marine Reserve, look at rock pools, go snorkeling or scuba diving and capture fascinating marine life with your camera.
WUC members will be at the Snorkel Trail to help identify fish & critters and add observations to the Taputeranga Marine Reserve project on iNaturalist NZ – Mātaki Taiao.
Please note – this event is not a guided activity.
Read more about the Marine Reserve project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/taputeranga-marine-reserve
Weather dependent. Please check in on the day of the event on the FB event page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/2349243588428174/
Free event
Contact: Nicole Miller, email: wellington.underwater@gmail.com Ph (021) 054-9865
More info: https://wuc.org.nz/

Ocean Detectives: Tracking Plastics in Our Marine Environment

Thursday 14 March 2019, 6.30 – 7.30pm at War Memorial Library, Cnr Queens Drive & Woburn Road, Lower Hutt.
Plastic waste is a global problem. Plastic that is dumped in the sea or ends up in the ocean can accumulate on beaches or be transported many kilometres by ocean currents. Plastic destroys marine environments.
Join us for a talk with Cawthron scientist Heni Unwin from the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge who is developing a new digital tool to track how ocean currents transport plastics.
Using modelling data for Cook Strait and Tasman-Golden Bays, they have produced an interactive tool which allows users to “drop” a piece of virtual plastic into the ocean and watch where the ocean currents take it. This kind of tool could eventually help to manage the impact of plastics in our marine environment and can also be used as a teaching resource for students studying marine pollution.
Get a chance to try out the prototype tool and give feedback to Heni which will help her project team develop it further!
About the speaker:
Heni Unwin (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Atihaunui-a-Papaarangi) is a scientist at the Cawthron Institute with a background in marine biology, chemistry and Māori studies. She has always had a love for the ocean but knew she wanted to study all things marine after snorkeling in Rarotonga at age of 10. Being Māori, Heni has a strong connection to the taiao (environment), one of the sayings from her iwi (tribe) is “Ko au te awa, te awa ko au”, “I am the river, the river is me”. She believes that in order to take care of the numerous issues in the environment we will need to combine mātauranga māori and science research for a sustainable future. Heni works within the Cawthron Maori Research Business and Development team, and the Coastal and Freshwater team helping to implement Matauanga Maori into science projects.
About the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge:
The Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge is one of 11 National Science Challenges. It is hosted by NIWA and is a multi-disciplinary programme of research in collaboration with over 30 organisations including Cawthron Limited. The objective of the Sustainable Seas Challenge is to enhance utilisation of New Zealand’s marine resources within environmental and biological constraints. Find out more at https://sustainableseaschallenge.co.nz/challenge

Upcycling Workshops

Wednesday 6 – Sunday 10 March 2019, 10 – 5pm daily at Wellington Museum, 3 Jervois Quay, Queens Wharf.

Upcycle your unwanted fabrics or clothing into shopping bags, vege bags, food wraps and other sustainable items with us. These workshops encourage participation and support people to make an individual commitment to effecting positive change.



Seaweek Movie Screening

Head to our libraries for a special screening of animated movies about the sea!

  • Saturday 2 March 2019, 2pm at Wainuiomata Library
  • Saturday 2 March 2019, 2.30pm at Taita Library
  • Friday 8 March 2019, 5pm at Stokes Valley Library, Koraunui Community Hub

Free event
More info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz

Waterbourne – Beach Clean Up and Storytime

Sunday 10 March 2019, 9.30 – 10.30am at Bishop Park, Eastbourne.
Eastbourne Library is helping to kick-off the Waterbourne Beach Clean Up with a sea-themed storytime.
For all ages. Everyone welcome!

Freshwater Connections to Land and Oceans

Thursday 7 March 2019, 6 – 7pm at War Memorial Library, Lower Hutt.
Our streams rivers lakes and groundwater are being degraded as we intensify agriculture and housing in New Zealand.
Unfortunately, the freshwater policies developed over at least the last ten years in New Zealand have moved further from their scientific underpinnings with each new iteration. For the fish in our waterways the connection to the ocean is crucial as are the connections between the land and the freshwater.
Join Dr. Mike Joy for a discussion on the importance of all the connections and why we need to lift our game on protecting all freshwater.
About the presenter:
Mike Joy BSc, MSc (1st class hons), PhD in Ecology is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science at the Ecology group-Institute of Agriculture and Environment Massey University Palmerston North. He researches and teaches freshwater ecology, especially freshwater fish ecology and distribution, ecological modelling bioassessment and environmental science. He has and continues to supervise many Masters and PhD students doing research into freshwater ecology, with topics from native fish ecology to farmers’ attitudes to sustainability.
Mike has published many papers in scientific journals, many international as well as articles and op-eds for newspapers and magazines. He has authored many reports for Regional Councils and ministry for the environment, and has developed a number of bioassessment tools and associated software used by many North Island Regional Councils.
Mike is an outspoken advocate for environmental protection in New Zealand and has received a number of awards including an Ecology in Action award from the NZ ecological Society, an Old Blue award from Forest and Bird, he was named 2009 Environmental New Zealander of the year by North and South magazine, Manawatu Evening Standard 2012 person of the year, in 2013 he received the Tertiary Education Union NZ Award of Excellence for Academic Freedom and contribution to Public Education, the 2013 Charles Fleming Award for environmental work from the Royal Society of New Zealand, in 2015 the Morgan Foundation inaugural River Voice Award and 2017 he received the inaugural NZ Universities Critic and Conscience award.

Seaweek: Project Jonah

Saturday 2 March 2019, 2 -3pm at Petone Library.
There are about 300 dolphins and whales that get stranded each year in New Zealand – one of the highest stranding rates in the world. When this happens, who helps? Who provides first aid and volunteers to help stranded animals? Project Jonah!
Project Jonah New Zealand is a New Zealand charity focussed on the care and protection of marine mammals and the oceans these animals call home. Hear Project Jonah volunteer Cameron Sang talk about whales, dolphins, and what it’s like to be a volunteer medic with Project Jonah.
Hosted by Hutt City Libraries.

Reo Rangatahi: Save the Turtles

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 4.30 – 5.30pm at Wainuiomata Library.
Will our grandchildren live to see a living turtle? This is the question that local teen Ella Magnusson asks herself and has inspired her to research the future of turtles.
Hear Ella explain what is currently happening to the turtle population and why it’s important for us to make sure they don’t become extinct. Find out what we can do to ensure turtles and other marine animals will still be around for our grandchildren and many other generations to come. It’s time we cleaned up our act, stopped plastic and other human actions from killing animals, and Save the Turtles.
Hosted by Hutt City Libraries.

Seaside Storytime at Petone Settlers Museum

Saturday 2 March 2019, 2 – 3.30pm at Petone Settlers Museum – Te Whare Whakaaro o Pito One, The Esplanade (end of Buick Street), Petone, Lower Hutt.
We’re launching Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana 2019 with our friends from Petone Library at an all ages storytime session by the sea.
Our local librarians will share their favourite ocean tales for you to enjoy with the whole whānau.

Seaweek Explore Your Shore

Thursday 7 March 2019, 3.45 – 5.30pm at Waikanae Estuary. Meet at Manley St entrance. Map:

Teachers are invited to join us for an exploration of Waikanae Estuary, including trying out a Marine Metre Squared survey and learning how your school can get involved in a nationwide beach litter monitoring programme.
Please bring:

  • Gumboots, warm clothing, water.
  • iPad / tablet if you want to try electronic data entry.

All other equipment, resources, kai provided.

Seaweek @ Te Pātukituki, Masterton


Thursday 7 and Friday 8 March 2019, 11am – 4pm at Te Pātukituki, 15 Queen St, Masterton
Join us and celebrate Seaweek in Masterton with activities for all ages including:

  • Flax waka weaving and sailing
  • Bamboo straw making
  • Kaitiaki kōrero at local stream
  • Moana flag creations with artist Ron Te Kawa
  • Beeswax wrap making workshop
  • Para Kore zero waste display and prizes
  • Moana themed colouring fun
  • Light refreshments available

Join our Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/317229675602624/
Or contact Joanne Waitoa for more information: email: jwaitoa@doc.govt.nz phone: 027 405 1048

Beach Play

Sunday 10 March 2019, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Petone Settlers Museum – Te Whare Whakaaro o Pito One, The Esplanade (end of Buick Street) Petone, Lower Hutt.
Have fun on Petone Beach with our Education team and join us to create sand sculptures, fly kites and make beautiful art out of things we find on the beach.
Let’s Play!
This event is run as part of Petone Settlers Museum Te Whare Whakaaro o Pito-one Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2019 celebrations.

Seaweek Storytime

  • Tuesday 5 March, 11am at Wainuiomata Library
  • Tuesday 5 March, 11am at Taita Library
  • Tuesday 5 March, 2pm at War Memorial Library
  • Wednesday 6 March, 10.30am at Naenae Library
  • Wednesday 6 March, 10.30am at Newtown Library
  • Wednesday 6 March, 11am at Moera Library
  • Wednesday 6 March, 2pm at Eastbourne Library
  • Thursday 7 March, 10.30am at Petone Library
  • Thursday 7 March, 11am at Stokes Valley Library
  • Friday 8 March, 10.30am at War Memorial Library

Join us for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana (2-10 March).
Preschool Storytime is a weekly programme for children aged 2-5 years. Introducing children to stories from a very young age enriches language development and expands vocabulary, giving them a valuable boost before starting school.
Free event.
More info: https://library.huttcity.govt.nz

Seashore Science with Marine Metre Squared

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 3.30 – 5.30pm at Lower Hutt War Memorial Library.
A free afternoon PD session for teachers and community groups with the amazing Sally Carson from Dunedin
Join us for an introduction to the Marine Metre Squared project (www.mm2.net.nz) and find out how your school or community group can gather valuable data that will lead to greater understanding and improved management of your local shoreline. The workshop will introduce the data collection methods, provide a hands –on introduction to Mm2 web site and highlight the on-line data analysis tools and educational resources available . Discussion will focus on survey results (collected earlier in the day) and how the survey can be tailored to answer questions of local relevance.
Bring your own laptop, tablet or phone.
Free event.
Bookings are essential. Please RSVP at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdNQZv4t3ks3IFhPaf7wTWk_Atxo4o-SG6dLIqHEGvpd3RCUA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Contact: Arihia Latham, email: arihia.latham@gmail.com Ph: (021) 057-4614

Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet Youth Photography Workshop

Sunday 10 March 2019, 4.30 – 7.30pm at Pauatahanui Forest & Bird Reserve. The entrance to the Forest & Bird Reserve is from the Pauatahanui Village.
The Guardians of Pāuatahanui Inlet are offering a free photography workshop on Sunday 10th March. The workshop is open to anyone under the age of 18. It will be taught by Destina Munro, photojournalism tutor at Massey University and Whitireia.
The workshop begins with an illustrated indoor session, followed by a visit to the Pāuatahanui Wildlife Reserve, finishing with a one on one look at the photos taken in the reserve.
Registration is essential. You will find the registration form & more info on the website www.gopi.org.nz .
For practical reasons, participation numbers will to be limited to 20.
Please bring: Camera, drink, appropriate clothing for a muddy environment.
Contact: Tony Shaw, email: pauainlet@gmail.com Ph: (027) 344-0068

Porirua Teachers: Explore your Shore!

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 3.30 – 5pm at Porirua Harbour – meet at Porirua School.
Please meet at Porirua School (Awarua St) at the main office/staff room and then we will walk down to the harbour shoreline near Te Hiko St (from about 4pm).
Join us for a teacher workshop to explore your local shoreline. This event is aimed at Porirua teachers (and interested community group members) and is being facilitated by Enviroschools, Porirua Harbour Trust and Sustainable Coastlines.
We’ll try out the Marine Metre Squared survey kits and you can learn about how your school could get involved with a new nationwide beach litter monitoring programme (Sustainable Coastlines).
Free resources for teachers!
We’ll be exploring the muddy/rocky shoreline so please wear gumboots or sturdy shoes, bring warm clothing and a drink bottle.
If you’d like to try entering data electronically in the field, then please bring an iPad or tablet, and download the Marine Metre Squared app before the workshop.
Afternoon tea and all necessary equipment will be provided.
This event is FREE, but registrations are essential. Please email Rebecca pht.education@gmail.com (I will send you the link to the registration form).

Victoria University Coastal Ecology Laboratory (VUCEL) Open Day


Saturday 9 March 2019, 10am – 3pm at 396 The Esplanade, Wellington.
The Victoria University of Wellington Coastal Ecology Lab (VUCEL) is holding its annual Open Day on Saturday 9 March from 10am to 3pm. Join Victoria’s team of knowledgeable researchers to learn about the marine biology research that happens right here in Island Bay. Visitors can touch tanks of marine creatures, see research equipment in action, ask our researchers anything they want to know, and learn about marine biology research from the interactive displays. This annual event is the only time VUCEL is open to the public. The event is suitable for all ages.
For further information, contact: Thom Adams, Engagement Co-ordinator Faculty of Science Phone: +64-4-463 4768 Mobile: +64-22-1664768

Morning Paddle For Marine Conservation

Saturday 2 March 2019, 10am at Lyall Bay, Wellington.
NZ Seaweek runs from Saturday 2nd March to the Sunday 10th March and what better way to celebrate than to get out for a paddle, swim or beach clean to raise awarness for ocean conservation! Dress-ups encouraged to visually show marine awarness and our love of moana (and because who doesn’t like a costume event)!
Whether you surf, kayak, paddle board, boogie board, swim, walk on the beach or dance on the beach we wana see you there! I will bring along some plastic bags for those keen to collect rubbish.
Where: Lyall Bay, Wellington. We will meet near the surf club (blue building)
Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Clubrooms
1 Lyall Parade, Lyall Bay, Wellington 6022
When: Saturday 2nd March 10:00am
What to bring:
– Your board, kayak etc.
– your beach cossie
– Sunscreen, sunhat and water bottle (summer and cooking up something good)
– Gardening gloves (for those picking up rubbish)
This event is for everyone keen to raise awareness for marine conservation and a chance to meet like-minded individuals. Under 18s must be supervised by an adult and please be responsible for your own safety!
So pack a picnic brunch and see you then for a morning paddle!

DIY Beeswax wraps and snack bags


Wednesday 6 March 2019, 5.30 – 6.45pm at Sustainability Trust, 2 Forrestors Lane, Te Aro.
Did you know that EVERY bit of plastic ever made still exists? Running 5.30pm – 6.45pm on Wednesday 6th March, this practical workshop is part of Seaweek 2019, themed Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas.
Come and learn how to make your own reusable beeswax wraps and snack pouches and help free our oceans of plastic!
Make two take-home reusable products that will help you have litter-free lunches. Litter-free lunches are a great way to reduce landfill waste and your environmental footprint and protect our oceans. Winning!
Cost: Unwaged / student $5. Waged $10
Bookings essential – via Sustainability Trust website. No door sales. Book here: https://sustaintrust.org.nz/pages/our-events
Contact: Kim, email: kim@sustaintrust.org.nz

A Plastic Ocean

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 6.30 – 8.30pm at Memorial Theatre – Victoria University.
Movie screening organised by Forest and Bird Youth Wellington!
Forest & Bird Wellington’s Wild Wednesdays
Presented by Forest & Bird Youth Wellington and Plastic Oceans
Film: A Plastic Ocean – In support of Sea Week 2019
When he discovers the world’s oceans brimming with plastic waste, a documentary filmmaker investigates the pollution’s environmental impacts. Produced by the Plastic Oceans Foundation, this film uncovers the damage being wrought to the world’s oceans by our use of plastic. Plastic pollution is also an issue in New Zealand’s oceans and threatens our precious marine taonga.
Given the Government’s recent moves to ban single-use plastic bags, what needs to happen next? Come and watch this movie about the state of our oceans and share your thoughts and ideas about how we can tackle this pressing issue.
Free event.
Contact: Molly O’Hagan, email: mohagan2000@gmail.com
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2266681816907992/

Explore Whitireia Coast Snorkel

Two events:
Saturday 2 March 2019, 9.30am – 3pm at Whitireia Park, Whitireia Rd, Titahi Bay, Porirua.
Saturday 9 March 2019, 9.30am – 3pm at Whitireia Park, Whitireia Rd, Titahi Bay, Porirua. CANCELLED DUE TO POOR WATER QUALITY FOLLOWING RAIN
Come snorkel with Mountains to Sea Wellington Trust and GWRC, exploring the mesmerising marine life in the coastal waters around Whitireia Park.
No bookings required, just turn up. New snorkellers are encouraged.
Snorkel sessions leave approximately every hour on the hour between 10am and 2pm (we advise you to turn up half an hour early to secure your place anytime between 9.30 and 1.30).
What you need to know:
All equipment, guides and safety gear is provided.
Please note the minimum age is 8 years, and children below 16 must be accompanied by a snorkelling adult.
Participants must be able to swim 50 metres.
For cancellations on the day (due to poor weather) please check the Greater Wellington Regional Council Facebook page, or phone 0800 496 734 after 8am.
Getting there: https://goo.gl/maps/d8k6UyakAey
Book now at www.eventfinda.co.nz/tour/2018/greater-wellington-great-outdoors2
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.

GFNZ Makara Beach Clean-up

Sunday 3 February 2019, 9.30am – 12 noon at Makara Beach, Wellington
Join Ghost Fishing NZ and the local Makaka community for this awesome “back to school” clean up at Makara Beach!
Date: Sunday, 3 February 2019
Time: 9.30am registrations open | 9.50am health & safety briefing | 10.00am – 12.00pm clean-up
This is a family friendly FREE event and we welcome one and all. Please remember to bring your own water, snacks and weather appropriate gear (sunscreen, hats & jackets). Also don’t forget to wear sturdy closed toed shoes and bring a pair of gardening gloves to pick up the rubbish.
GFNZ will provide sacks to collect the rubbish in and remove all rubbish at the end of the event. We will also provide a few gloves too, but best to bring your own if you can.
As a bonus we will see how pretty we can make the beach once the clean up is complete, by having a “Design your own Beach Mandela” competition!
Please be aware that there will be photographers and aerial videography shot on the day.
If this event is cancelled due to weather, the event will be moved to the following Sunday. Notification will be given on the Facebook page, the day before.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Contact: Serena Cox, email: serenacox@hotmail.com

Community Guided Snorkel: Taputeranga Marine Reserve

Saturday 26 January 2019, 10am – 3.30pm at Taputeranga Marine Reserve, Island Bay Beach
Come and get your snorkel on at the Taputeranga Marine Reserve!
Our guides will help you explore the spectacular underwater world of the south coast, learning about the amazing creatures that seek shelter within the reserve protected boundaries.
New snorkellers are encouraged. All equipment, guides and safety gear is provided. Please note the minimum age is 8 years, and children below 16 must be accompanied by a snorkelling adult.
We are unable to take bookings for this event – so please meet us on the day and sign up for the next available group.
Weather updates will also be posted here. Please check on the morning of the snorkel for any updates. We look forward to seeing you there!
This community snorkel event is supported by Greater Wellington Regional Council and delivered by the Mountains to Sea Wellington team – an endorsed provider of the national Experiencing Marine Reserves – EMR programme.
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.

Wellington Annual Harbour Clean Up

Saturday 26 January 2019 from 9am – 2pm at Frank Kitts Park
Please come along and help Ghost Fishing New Zealand with our annual clean-up of Wellington Harbour.
If you are interested in diving and able to make it along on the day, please contact Serena Cox directly and she will add you to the list.
Free family fun event.

The Great GFNZ Wharf Jump

Photo: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Sunday 10 March 2019, 11am – 1pm on Seatoun Wharf
Family friendly free event for one and all!
Come along and join in the fun by jumping off the wharf and showing us your best dive skills!
Displays and information about our Ghost Fishing NZ activities and the problems caused by pollution in our harbour will be available, along with some of our team to answer your questions.
Free event
Make sure you bring:
Dress Ups (optional)
Contact: Serena Cox, email: serenacox@hotmail.com



Thursday 8 to Sunday 10 March 2019, 9am to 6pm daily at Bishop Park Eastbourne, Lower Hutt, Wellington.
New Zealands biggest water sports festival, bringing together kitesurfing, windsurfing and paddle boarding. Enjoy the beach culture whilst listening to tasty tunes from local and international musicians!
There is a range of activities for the public to get involved with including:
– Beach Clean Ups
– Live Music
– Paddle Boarding
Please bring your swimming clothes! All ages welcome.
Live Music – $20
CentrePort Beach Clean Up – FREE
Paddle Boarding – $25
Contact: Laurence Carey, email: waterbournenz@gmail.com
More information: https://www.waterbourne.co.nz/

Ocean Store – Performance Arcade & Seaweek 2019

What we have stored, the waves throw back up. We treasure the ocean for its abundance, so what use is all its plastic? Ocean Store is a multi faceted work that frames process as performance and speculates on a future resource. In the guise of a playful pop-up store on an urban beach, the oceans store of plastic will be celebrated and explored in all its colourful glory. Engage with this timely issue within a nuanced framework of performance, art object and participation. Ocean Store is now open. Are you?
Find the Ocean Store container on the waterfront beach between Te Papa and the Marina.
Open from 10am – 11pm over two weekends (Thurs – Sun: 21st – 24th Feb & 28th Feb – 3rd Mar)
Free family friendly participatory event. Gather ocean waste, sort into colours and types, create artworks and engage in discussion around plastic waste and use.
Presented as part of Performance Arcade 2019. In support of Seaweek 2019: Tiakina o tātou moana – Care for our seas.
New public art project by Wellington artists Kemi Niko & Co. www.keminiko.com
Contact: Niko Leyden email: nikoleyden@gmail.com Ph: (022) 067-3486

Marine Metre Squared

Stuck for an idea? Why not grab a Marine Metre Squared kit and go out to discover what lives on your local shore?
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