Experience the wonders of your local marine enviornment or marine reserve! The EMR programme organises Community Guided Snorkel Days around the country. We provide free hire for all the snorkel equipment and provide experienced snorkel guides to lead your discovery. Our national events for 2018 are coming soon!
The purpose is to provide an inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation. Usually held in April, in Northland every second year and other parts of NZ every other year. Our theme changes each wananga. View our proceedings from our 2017 wananga from Omaha, Leigh here
In April 2018, our wananga will be held in Motueka! Have a look at the 1 page promo document here
Seaweek 25th Feb - 5th March 2017
Seaweek theme for 2017 will be "Toiora te Moana - Toiora te Tangata - Healthy Seas, Healthy People".
EMR is planning heaps of groovy events! Take a look at our event calendar
Caring for the ocean begins on land – 2014
To celebrate World Ocean Day on Sunday the 8th June and as part of an Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) action project, Campbell Mosely of Whananaki School organised a ‘cutting kerbside clean up’.
The world’s first human chain around the world’s first student-driven marine reserve was a success. 1005 Northland students, parents’ teachers and community members formed the chain around the landward boundary of the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve at Reotahi (Motukaroro) on 16 September 2009.
Presented by Experiencing Marine Reserves . Supported by the Department of Conservation and Pacific Coast Kayaks
Come and explore our local marine reserve by kayak. Learn first-hand about the marine life that lives there and get kayaking tuition from professionals.
Marine kaitiaki guardians from Kaitaia to Otago rewarded with Poor Knights snorkel experience!
The annual EMR competition trip is made up of representative students from each school that that participates in the programme. We now offere the trip to all eight regions where EMR is operating, thanks to sponsorship from Dive! Tutukaka and the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation. Download the 2017 criteria here
Our 'Underwater Love' charity dinner was held on the 17th October 2015.
The purpose of the fundraiser is to support the cost of achieving our Adventure Activity Safety Accreditation - contributing to more safe and fun EMR snorkeling experience. Having the safest possible practice benefits the entire community.
In 2012, Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) was part od the inaugural Young Blake Expedition to the Kermadecs. With the aim of inspiring New Zealanders to understand the global significance of the Kermadec Islands and to encourage stewardship of the Kermadec Marine Reserve and the planet's oceans generally, The Sir Peter Blake Trust, together with EMR, the Ministry for the Environment, the Royal New Zealand Navy, Department of Conservation, Pew Environment Group, Air New Zealand and LEARNZ, achieved this goal and successfully followed in the footsteps of Sir Peter to mobilise and inspire the next generation of kiwi leaders, adventurers and environmentalists.
Back in 2003, during Seaweek, an awesome event occurred. It began with a powhiri, then the Dive Tutukaka boat ‘Calypso’ was boarded by a diverse group of Northlanders and special guests including the Conservation Minister at the time, Chris Carter, and Don Robertson from Blake Expeditions (a total of 45 people).