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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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School Programmes

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Information + Experience + Action = EMR!

Our goal: To engage as many people as possible in meaningful experiences in the marine environment.

 “We work with hearts and minds. These are the building blocks for people to create emotional connections with their environment.” Samara Nicholas (EMR founder)


Download a brochure here   Read our 2021 national promotional report here


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EMR coordinators offer guidance, direction and coordination of classroom exercises and field trips to the ocean. EMR seeks funding to provide the full EMR programme to schools.  Our full programmes involve investigating marine biodiversity via a classroom presentation, a pool session and snorkel in a local marine environment before venturing to a marine protected area. After this experience, students are able to compare unprotected and protected areas and are encouraged to put their knowledge into action within the community.

Snorkel equipment provided

We  provide snorkel equipment, instruction, resources and snorkel risk management. For many students, it is their first time using snorkel gear. EMR snorkelling experiences recommends a 1:2 adult/student ratio for year 8 and below, the result being active involvement of many family and community members. 

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Casual 'User paid' snorkel experiences

In addition to the full EMR programme outlined above. EMR is interested in getting as many people as possible to ‘experience’ a marine reserve and the marine environment. EMR offers ‘once off’ introductory snorkel experiences (run in accordance with EMR snorkel Risk Assessment & Management Systems, EMR Kaupapa (looking & learning) and conditions outlined in the itinerary created for the task. We offer these experiences at marine reserves or locations of choice (e.g. as part of your school camp). 

Express your interest here

EMR ID Chart that you will use on your snorkel