Our 17th annual Poor Knights trip was a success with a full boat on Perfect Day heading to Blue Mao Mao Arch. Huge thank you to The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation and Dive! Tutukaka. Schnappa Rock Restaurant & Bar for the beaut dinner, Matapouri Holiday Units for the lovely accommodation and to Whangarei Coastal Commuters for getting us from A to B.
Huge thanks to Foundation North and Dive! Tutukaka for helping Whananaki School and their whanau get out to the Poor Knights as part of their EMR programme. Special thanks to Whananaki School PTA and the Noser family!
Experiencing Marine Reserves - EMR had our 16th Annual Poor Knights trip on Friday the 26th of May 2017. With the sponsorship of Dive! Tutukaka and The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation we were able to take 59 students and parents from Otago to the Far North to the beautiful Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve off the coast of Tutukaka, New Zealand. The students that produced the best action projects and artworks were chosen from each region.
Darren from Wettie NZ joined Samara of EMR on her annual snorkelling trip to the Poor Knights marine reserve. Check the action out! This trip involved the 8 EMR regions of NZ with students from Kaitaia to Dunedin.
Maori TV's Marae team set sail on Sir Peter Blake's yatch Lion with our young leaders' of the future. It's easy to say, children are our future, but investing time and money in their development isn't always as easy. More than 40 high school students from around New Zealand have been chosen by the Sir Peter Blake trust to attend a young leaders environmental forum.
Karetu School haka in Rikoriko Cave at the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve with Dive Tutukaka and Experiencing Marine Reserves www.emr.org.nz
EMR empowers schools and communities by providing the equipment and expertise for a hands-on learning experience in the ocean. The programme involves investigating marine biodiversity and local marine environments before venturing to a fully-protected marine reserve. After this experience, students are able to compare unprotected and protected areas and are supported to put their knowledge into action within the community.
To celebrate EMR's 10th anniversary, we are showcasing the history of our resources. This is from the 2003 2nd edition CD ROM by Cubemedia. This clip shows the seamount image gallery from the CD ROM.
The Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve is New Zealand's top diving spot. Watch this video to find out why you might visit these Northland islands.
Huge thank you to the Young Blake Expeditions team at the The Sir Peter Blake Trust for inviting Experiencing Marine Reserves - EMR to share in the adventure of a lifetime to the Kermadec Islands. EMR were able to lead 7 stunning snorkels in New Zealand's largest - and one of the most remote - marine reserves. This video shows the highlights of our trip.
Experiencing Marine Reserves ran our annual Mountains to Sea Wānanga in April 2017 in conjunction with Whitebait Connection- Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust. Music is 'Lemon Tree' by The Nukes www.thenukes.co.nz
This competition offers the students added incentive to produce projects and positive actions towards marine conservation within their community. It is not only a special opportunity for the students, but for their parents/guardians too, as they also get a chance to experience the magical Poor Knights, which is a new opportunity for all from the regions.
Some of the highlights of the 2013 Wānanga Conference hosted at Te Rawhiti, April 2013 by the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust in partnership with Ngāti Kuta, Patu Keha, Fish Forever, Living Waters and supported by Northland Dive & Otehei Bay Resort.
Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR), in partnership with the Sir Peter Blake Trust, was part of the inaugural Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadecs in August 2012.
Thirty outstanding teenage explorers travelled aboard HMNZS Canterbury for an adventure of a lifetime.
Watch this two-part video presentation by Dr Roger Grace that explains the science behind no-take marine reserves.
To celebrate EMR's 10th anniversary, we are showcasing the history of our resources. This is from the 2003 2nd edition CD ROM by Cubemedia Leigh interactive is loosely based on EMR's interpretation of research regarding the recovery of marine life at Goat Island from before it was a marine reserve till after 25 years of full protection. It can be assumed that hard rocky substrate exists under some of the sand, therefore allowing growth of seaweed.
Great interview with Murray Palmer from Experiencing Marine Reserves in Gisborne
The Experiencing Marine Reserves (www.emr.org.nz) programme organised the human chain around the worlds first known student-driven marine reserve on September 16th 2009.