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Te Atatu Intermediate School found an innovative way to stay dry while studying their @marinemetre2 identification guides in a downpour on the Orangihina Harbourview mudflats today. Great work team! #marinemetresquared #Mm2 #citizenscientists #citizenscience ... See MoreSee Less

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We challenged everyone who attended a Seaweek 2019 event to submit an Event Report and tell us what they thought about it. Thanks to everyone who took the time to do that, we get some really useful data that we use to let our sponsors know how successful Seaweek is.

We did a prize draw from all those entries and the winner of the Participant Evaluation prize is Vicki Smith from Nelson who attended the EMR Cable Bay Snorkel Day.

The winning Event Coordinator is Jenny Baker from Napier who organised the Hawkes Bay Beach Clean-up.

The winning Regional Coordinator is Nataalia Lunson from DOC in Bay of Plenty West who put on a fantastic programme of events in her first year as a Seaweek Regional Coordinator.

All our winners will receive a copy of Sally Carson & Rod Morris's fantastic book The Collins Guide to the New Zealand Seashore, which is a must have for every home & classroom. Congratulations everyone! Huge thanks to HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand for donating the books for us to give away.
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Samara Nicholas

Samara Nicholas

Samara Nicholas is a founding trustee and Programme Director of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust. She was recognised in 2005 in the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Awards. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from AUT and is a graduate of Northtec’s Diploma of Environmental Management. Samara played a key role in the Kamo High school’s marine reserve proposal and establishment and is currently a representative on the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve advisory committee. Samara founded the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme in 2001. Samara leads the development and expansion of the EMR programme throughout 9 regions of New Zealand in which she works with a team of up to 20 regional coordinators. The EMR programme was recently adopted in South Australia to help generate community engagement in marine reserves.
Samara is a PADI Dive Master and a registered assessor for unit standards in snorkelling. She was involved in the development of the Sir Peter Blake Trust’s ‘Young Blake Expeditions’ and was the snorkelling director for the inaugural expedition to the Kermadec Islands in 2012. In 2014, Samara received the Leo Ducker award from the New Zealand Underwater Association for outstanding deeds or services to New Zealand’s underwater environment. She was Seaweek coordinator in Northland for three years from 2014-2016. Samara is a regular public speaker and mentor for marine conservation projects. She has provided annual seminars to the University of Auckland post-graduate Marine Reserves course (begun by Bill Ballantine) at Leigh Marine Laboratory for five years.
Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) is a national programme of experiential learning about marine conservation. EMR’s independence, professional delivery, marine reserves focus and provision of a range of learning styles make it unique within New Zealand. Since its introduction in Northland in 2002, programme uptake has continued to increase throughout the country. The Department of Conservation (DOC) is a foundation partner of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust, and has supported the development of the EMR programme since inception. The Tindall Foundation and DOC Community Fund support the programme’s national expansion and community engagement activities.
The concept of EMR is to engage schools and communities by providing the equipment and expertise for a hands-on learning experience in the ocean. The programme involves investigating marine biodiversity and local marine environments before venturing to a fully-protected marine reserve. After this experience, students
are able to compare unprotected and protected areas and are then supported to put their knowledge into ACTION within the community.
Since 2002, EMR has expanded to eight regions, with a team of 20 coordinators, EMR has guided snorkel experiences for 27,834 (39,304 including accompanying whanau and teachers) students in NZ marine reserves and over 14,889 people have been engaged in EMR organised marine conservation events. In all, almost 50,000
(49,532) kiwi’s have been engaged in EMR.
Samara is an inspiration and role model to all ages in how positive persistent action can lead to change benefiting society, in particular by creating new marine reserves and educating families about the marine environment. Her major achievement has been making EMR a sustainable marine education programme in addition to successfully advocating for new marine reserves. These successes are leading to long lasting changes in how New Zealand society will respect and protect ocean life.
Nominated by: Mark Costello, University of Auckland on 2 November 2017
Note: NZAEE Seaweek is not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied by the person nominating the Ocean Champion nominee.

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7 days ago

Sea Week

Te Atatu Intermediate School found an innovative way to stay dry while studying their @marinemetre2 identification guides in a downpour on the Orangihina Harbourview mudflats today. Great work team! #marinemetresquared #Mm2 #citizenscientists #citizenscience ... See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

Sea Week

We challenged everyone who attended a Seaweek 2019 event to submit an Event Report and tell us what they thought about it. Thanks to everyone who took the time to do that, we get some really useful data that we use to let our sponsors know how successful Seaweek is.

We did a prize draw from all those entries and the winner of the Participant Evaluation prize is Vicki Smith from Nelson who attended the EMR Cable Bay Snorkel Day.

The winning Event Coordinator is Jenny Baker from Napier who organised the Hawkes Bay Beach Clean-up.

The winning Regional Coordinator is Nataalia Lunson from DOC in Bay of Plenty West who put on a fantastic programme of events in her first year as a Seaweek Regional Coordinator.

All our winners will receive a copy of Sally Carson & Rod Morris's fantastic book The Collins Guide to the New Zealand Seashore, which is a must have for every home & classroom. Congratulations everyone! Huge thanks to HarperCollins Publishers New Zealand for donating the books for us to give away.
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