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Wyland Foundation - Dive New Zealand magazine Recognition Award----One Person can make a difference

Samara Nicholas  and the Experiencing Marine Reserves - EMR Team 

Wyland award

Picture shows:
Left to right:
Sophie Journee - EMR coordinator
Samara Nicholas - EMR founder/National coordinator (Co-director/Poutokomanawa of Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust)
Koha Kahui-McConnell - EMR cadet
Lorna Doogan - EMR Deputy national coordinator - Auckland Manager

What is EMR?

 D8A7159(EMR) is a national programme of experiential learning about marine conservation. Our EMR - Te Kura Moana programme empowers schools and communities by providing hands-on experience in the ocean.

Since 2001, EMR has taken 73,180 people into NZ’s marine reserves/rahui and over 27,291 people have been engaged in EMR organised marine conservation events. A total of 147,905 people have snorkelled with EMR. The total number of Kiwis engaged in EMR has now reached 207,494 .

Action projects

letter politicianAfter 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. 

Over the years students have been involved in a range of action projects to promote marine conservation, from writing letters to their local authorities and Members of Parliament, presentations in front of assembly and public events, investigating where marine protected areas would go, supporting marine reserve proposal groups and addressing local issues in their community such as sand dune erosion.

Mountains To Sea Conservation Trust (MTSCT)

mtsctMountains To Sea Conservation Trust (MTSCT) - Nga Maunga ki te Moana

The Northland-based Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust was established in 2002, as a charitable umbrella and support organisation for the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) marine education and Whitebait Connection (WBC) freshwater education programmes. These are both leading models in education for sustainability in New Zealand and both have expanded nationally.

Policy documents

Policy documents 

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MTSCT – EMR Policy
Policy documents on use of the trailers (if applicable), police vetting, sanitisation and anything else that requires a policy, are found on our website under about us. The most recent policy relates to the below (see website for all policies and protocol’s).

Gazebos supplied by EMR MUST be pegged down no matter what the wind conditions. During windy conditions we MUST peg and tie down the gazebo (to cars, trailers or water filled containers). Erected EMR gazebo’s MUST not be left unmanned at any time.
Policy on full face masks: We do not to allow the use of full face masks as of 2017/18 season, due to possible H & S risk (mask can be hard to remove when full with water)
Formal procedure for antihistamine administration
Our team may carry over the counter antihistamine for personal first aid items. Coordinators do not administer any medication without specific written permission. We must ensure that we have captured information and increase identification of participants with known allergies and anaphylaxis via our pre – site assessment forms and/or other forms. Find out if there is an ‘action plan for anaphylaxis’ in place as part of our notes for medical/swimming management

Feedback procedure
Our comments procedure is to advise the MTSCT Chairperson for any complaints or concerns, which will be dealt with by The Trust.

For free events requiring bookings - the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust - Experiencing Marine Reserves programme reserves the right to charge a fee for any 'no shows' or late cancellations. The usual policy is 48 hours, but the exact terms will be specified on your event sign up form. 'No shows' and late cancelations may affect our ability to offer free events in the future!

EMR SOP Manual Amendment Policy
All coordinators to implement. Write note on the page that has been updated. Attach amendments to the back. National coordinators checks that all coordinators have received and understood amendments.


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