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Te Kura Moana

EMR is a national programme
of experiential learning about marine conservation
Te Kura Moana - School of the Ocean

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Hands up !

Since 2001, EMR has taken 77,688 people through NZ marine reserves, we have guided snorkel experiences for 147,905 people. The total number of kiwi’s engaged in EMR is now 207,494!

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Summer Event Series

Experience the wonders of your local marine environment or marine reserve! EMR organised Community Guided Snorkel and Paddle Days around the country. We provide free hire for all snorkel/kayak/SUP equipment and provide experienced snorkel/kayak/SUP guides to lead your discovery.

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Info for educators

Plan your programme, download our curriculum resources, programme structure, success criteria (learning outcomes) and learning concepts.

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Marine Monitoring

With the multitude of pressures impacting our coastal marine ecosystems it’s important that we are aware of the changes that are occurring so we can respond appropriately. Our Reef Savers timed swim fish surveys provide a quick and simple method to measure the diversity and abundance of fish communities on shallow reef ecosystems.

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Kaitiaki Action Projects

After experiencing their local marine environment and the fully protected marine reserve, participants are encouraged to lead action projects and become kaitiaki of their marine environment.

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Registrations open - Mountains to Sea Wānanga 2022

Mountains to Sea Wānanga 2022

Date: 10 -12th October 

Location: 229 Takahiwai Road, Takahiwai 0171

Theme: Kotahitanga
An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in marine and freshwater science, education and conservation. In the theme of Kotahitanga we will also be integrating the NZAEE’s Hā + Houora + Tangata Conference with our wānanga.

✦ provide a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for sustainability initiatives and projects around science communication
✦ provide professional development opportunities
✦ provide a forum to discuss the effectiveness of existing and potential partnerships that foster action for marine and freshwater conservation
✦ ensure strong delivery of the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection (WBC) concepts around New Zealand
✦ explore the idea of Kotahitanga in the context of marine and freshwater conservation and education
Wānanga registration will include
✦ pōwhiri at 11am on Monday
✦ marine & freshwater keynote presentations including orientation and whakawhanaungatanga with te hau kainga
✦ fresh wholesome meals and marae accommodation over the 3 day wānanga
✦ idyllic scenery of the Whangārei Harbour and coastal areas
✦ marine and freshwater field trips including local conservation initiatives and attractions
✦ a social evening with entertainment at The Porthouse Bay and Eatery in Ruakākā
✦ an opportunity to share your own project during ‘show n tell’, displays & facilitated workshops
✦ inclusion of local residents, tāngata whenua & conservation groups throughout the programme
✦ an additional 1.5 days of specialist training workshops for Experiencing Marine Reserves & Whitebait Connection coordinators after the wānanga (Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October)
Registrations essential early bird rates: $429 waged professional $319 non waged/student/teacher/not for profit. Register here: https://forms.gle/d7tWzbecyXqkBPBD6
Full programme here

For more information and registration forms contact Kim Jones 027 243 4818 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This wānanga is made possible with the support of Foundation North, Tindall Foundation and 2Plus

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