EMR was first piloted in the Auckland region in 2004 at Orakei School, with support from the Department of Conservation (DOC). Auckland Girls Grammar was involved in 2005. In 2006 two schools took part in the EMR programme, funded by the DOC: Te Huruhi Primary School (Waiheke Island), and Takapuna Normal Intermediate School. Te Huruhi students on Waiheke have continued to be involved in their local marine reserve ‘Te Matuku’ since first participating in EMR in 2005. Te Huruhi have also lead projects to help build awareness of Maui dolphins.Te Huruhi and Waiheke primary schools involvement in EMR in 2008 was supported by WWF and the Auckland Marine Matters programme. In 2012, Te Huruhi & Kaurilands Schools were involved in EMR. Lorna Doogan has been the Regional Coordinator since 2014.
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