The Whitebait Connection programme is now also offererd in the Coromandel/Hauraki area - an article was published to outline the Mountains to Sea approach
Over the years there have been some fantastic action projects to promote and celebrate our marine environment.
EMR History in the region
For sustainability reasons, to continue EMR into the future The Friends of Te Whanganui A Hei Marine Reserve Trust was identified as EMR Hauraki’s umbrella organisation. The Trust receives funds through fines incurred by illegal activity in the reserve and through grants and donations. One of the main reasons for setting up the Trust was so that funds could be raised to develop the educational aspect of the reserve with EMR in mind.
Members of the Trust are made up of two representatives appointed by Ngati Hei, one from the Te Whanganui A Hei Marine Reserve Committee and three representatives from the community.
To raise awareness, understanding and support for marine conservation through provision of dynamic experiential environmental education opportunities.
- Introduce young people to marine conservation through EMR programme
- To increase awareness of the effects humans have on the marine environment and promote the Te Whanganui– A– Hei Marine Reserve
- To provide opportunities for community stakeholders to become involved in marine conservation
- Spread EMR to more schools
- Strategic Direction – Vision EMR Hauraki
- To continue to grow the programme in Hauraki by ensuring at least 1 school is involved in the full EMR programme during the summer school terms.
- Work with schools on an ongoing basis whereby they show an ongoing commitment to ACTION projects, EMR becomes a culture in the school and/or schools are in close proximity of the marine reserve and therefore important schools to involve in a stewardship role
- Inform the wider community via local media
- EMR is to contribute no more than the estimated cost per school, to any school.
- Schools can request to be on a waiting list for free delivery services and/or offered a quote based on cost price to provide service, local business could also sponsor involvement of schools
- Additional requests for once off type services (rocky shore studies) are subject to EMR coordinator availability and ability of school making the request to fund the service.
- Continue to prioritise low decile & coastal schools for the EMR programme
- Target new & existing schools and or communities when they close to a marine reserve or a community group active in marine conservation initiatives or whereby ground level support for marine reserves is required (Tairua community)
Actively work towards providing all schools & community groups in the Thames Coromandel District with new material relating to the marine reserve as a result of participation in the EMR programme.