Dive into Seaweek 2016!!!
Saturday the 27th February marks the beginning of Seaweek 2016 with 25 events in Northland listed on the Seaweek website at seaweek.org.nz/events/northland, plus 14 competitions nationally. So dive into Seaweek, visit the website and check out the events near you!

 The theme for this year’s Seaweek, which runs from Saturday 27 February to Sunday 6 March 2016, is “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata, Healthy Seas – Healthy People”.
Seaweek 2016 is coordinated by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) and supported by Foundation North (formerly ASB Community Trust), Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (Otago University), Environment Canterbury Regional Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, The National Aquarium – Napier City Council, DSP Print Group Ltd, New Zealand Coastal Society and many local sponsors.

EMR has over 10 community enagement events happening throughout the country

Some of these opportunities in Northland are listed below:
Community Guided Kayak Days - Experiencing Marine Reserves
Sunday 28 February and Sunday 13 March at the Waikaraka site of the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve. For seven year olds and up. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Registrations essential. Come and explore the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve by kayaking through the mature mangroves. Learn first-hand from experts about the marine life that lives there. Kayaks and kayaking tuition provided free of charge. To register, go to: www.emr.org.nz (under events)
Pecha kucha - Experiencing Marine Reserves
Wednesday 2nd March at Bank Street Social Club, 69 Bank Street, Whangarei. 6.30 – 8.30pm. Rapid fire, marine-themed entertainment by 10 presenters covering topics such as: Mangroves, Marine pollution action, KamaSEAtra and Pacific expeditions. $5 entry fee – proceeds go to supporting Raurimu Avenue School to experience its local marine reserve.
Taipa beach day - CoastCare Northland
Northland Regional Council Monday 29 February beginning at 10am at Taipa Beach Reserve (in front of Taipa Area School). A fun day out full of activities and information around sand dunes, dotterels, weaving pingao, releasing dune plants from weeds and a beach clean-up.
To register, Email coastcare@nrc.govt.nz or phone Laura on 0800 002 004
FREE beach clean-up kits - Enviroschools and CoastCare Northland, Northland Regional Council
Register a beach clean-up and receive a free kit to help make the marine environment even better. Each kit includes: a clean-up guide, gloves, sunscreen, rubbish bags, tide tables, posters and more.
Be in the prize draw for a-day-at-the-beach set by auditing one of your bags of rubbish. Enter the photo competition and be-in-to-win a beach games set. Beach clean-ups can take place outside of Seaweek.
To receive your free clean-up kit, register your beach clean-up at www.nrc.govt.nz/seaweek by Friday 4 March.
Community Guided Snorkel Days - Experiencing Marine Reserves - supported by the Whangarei District Council, Whangarei Lions, Department of Conservation and the Tindall Foundation.
10am – 3pm, Sunday 6 March at Tapeka Point, Bay of Islands and Saturday 12 March at Reotahi, Whangarei Heads. For five year olds and up. Weather postponements on www.emr.org.nz and www.facebook.com/emr.mtsct Learn how to explore the underwater marine world. Bring your own gear or get free use of mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit. Contact: Samara Nicholas at samara@emr.org.nz
Voices of land and sea talk series - Fish Forever
Monday 29 February, at the Scenic Hotel in Paihia, 7pm.
This is the third talks in the Voices of Land and Sea talk series. Dean Baigent-Mercer will share his experiences in his career as a conservation activist locally, nationally and globally, with a particular focus on his time spent campaigning for the ocean. Contact: Catherine Langford, Email: info@fishforever.org.nz
Seaweek pre-school funtimes
Dargaville, Kaitaia and Whangarei libraries – supported by the Department of Conservation
Dargaville library – 10am, Friday 4 March
Kaitaia library – 10.30am, Wednesday 2 March
Tikipunga library – 10am, Tuesday 1 March
Whangarei library – 10am, Wednesday 2 March and Thursday 3 March
Come along to these special preschool fun times to learn all about the sea, why it is important and how littlies can enjoy the sea safely. Fun times include a sea themed activity, story, giveaways and lots of singing. Dress in sea inspired clothing. ‘Sea’ you there for a whale-y great time!
For more information, for Tikipunga and Whangarei libraries Email: whglibrary@wdc.govt.nz, for Dargaville library: library@kaipara.govt.nz and for Kaitaia library: helen.yuretich@fndc.govt.nz
Seaweek sculpture scavenge challenge - CBEC EcoSolutions
Get your school’s environmental group together for a clean-up, grab all the litter you can find and upcycle it into an amazing sculpture!
Bring your family along to Children’s Day on Sunday 6 March at The Pulse to vote for your favourite sculpture.
Winning sculptures will receive a prize and have their creations displayed at the Whangarei Sculpture Symposium in the Town Basin on 7 March. Turn that trash into treasure!
Open to all primary and intermediate schools in the Whangarei district.
To register and for more information,
Email ecosolutions@cbec.co.nz or phone: 09 438 8710
A whale of a day- Kiwi North
10am – 2pm, Monday 29 February - Friday 4 March at
Butler Point Whaling Museum, 31 Marchant Road, Hihi (near Mangonui). $5/child and $15/adult.
Discover everything you ever wanted to know about whales and take part in whale rescue training. Experience the vessels and tools of the early settlers’ whaling industry, see an extensive collection of scrimshaw, and learn about whale species and how they live.
To register, Email education@kiwinorth.co.nz or phone 09 438 9630
Experiencing Marine Reserves competitions
Micromollusc hunt
Go in the draw to win a micromollusc locket necklace by hunting for ‘teenies’ (shells less than 10mm in size). Send your ‘teeny’ collection to: Experiencing Marine Reserves, 539 Rockell Road, RD1, Hikurangi, by 20 March.
More info on www.emr.org.nz (under events and then Seaweek)
Ocean drop colouring in competition
Be in to win a mask and snorkel set by colouring in an ‘ocean drop’ picture. Post your entry to the Experiencing Marine Reserves Facebook page during Seaweek.
To download the ‘ocean drop’ colouring-in picture, go to: www.emr.org.nz
Be in to win!
Fill out a survey at a Northland Seaweek event and go in the draw to win a family pass to the Poor Knights Islands
with Dive Tutukaka.
Virtual marine reserve experience - Experiencing Marine Reserves
Install the free PEEKAVU app on your electronic device and watch as marine images come ‘alive’ as you ‘travel’ through fished and marine reserve areas. For more information, go to: www.emr.org.nz