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Henderson Reeves Lawyers sponsor EMR

Henderson Reeves sponsors the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme for local schools!

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Kamo Intermediate were able to participate in the full EMR programme which included a class room introduction, field trip to Goat Island Marine Reserve and action follow up.  Kamo Kamo Intermediate involved 95 students and 28 adults  Manaia View School were able to experience  Reotahi marine reserve involving  28 students and 5 adults.
 A total of 123 students benefited directly from their kind sponsorship along with an additional 32 parents and teachers!

Teacher feedback

The introduction lesson was engaging and hooked the students in. Nice to have visuals and hands on activities.

It was a highlight for many of the students and really made them appreciate and think about what they could do to look after the marine environment.

Kamo Intermediate action projects 

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Students also worked on a variety of projects that wanted to raise awareness about marine conservation. Two girls made this fantastic clip to promote the marine reserve at Reotahi.

 Students from Room 21 presenting their work: Action plans ranged from letters to Jacinda Ardern to create more marine reserves to T-Shirt and re-usable bag design to contacting a local radio station to talk to them about marine reserves in New Zealand.

Riley proudly presenting her Monopoly game - with popular NZ beaches instead of streets, Action cards and play money. And if you drop a chip packet on the street the game will send the player straight to jail where a giant shark awaits him/her.

Students also created Posters, Marine Reserve artwork and Info cards about Marine Reserves!

Room 20 also did a rubbish clean-up at Kamo to prevent rubbish from the streets entering the stormwater system and the Harbour!


We are very grateful to Henderson Reeves  for helping EMR to  engage and inspire the next generation


Nga Mihi

Samara Nicholas - MNZM
Programme Director


2019 Mountains to Sea Wananga registrations now open

Registrations now open for our National wananga - complete the rego form . Take a look at our programme here

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.  Out 2019 wananga will be held on Friday 26th April – Sunday 28th April 2019 in the Far North, Te Tai Tokerau, Waimanoni Marae. The theme is “He Wai Rangitira”
Defines or denotes the underlying ancestral, spiritual, strategic and economic significance of the water to us as a people and/or as a partnership with papatuanuku. We will explore these values and find ways to form stronger partnerships and collaborations for common goals and aspirations.

An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested
in freshwater and marine conservation.
• provide a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for
sustainability initiatives and projects around science communication
• provide opportunities for our volunteers to develop
• provide professional development opportunities
• provide a forum to discuss the effectiveness of existing and potential partnerships that foster
action for marine and freshwater conservation
• ensure strong delivery of the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection
(WBC) concepts around New Zealand
• raise the profile and value of He Wai Rangatira for conservation and education
• empower community to make changes for the benefit of the marine and freshwater environment
• benefit the Kaitaia community
Wānanga registration will include
• powhiri at 11am on Friday 26th April
• marine & freshwater keynote presentations from Fred Lichtwark (Whaingaroa Harbour Care) and
Tom Trnski (Auckland Museum)
• inspirational presentations from five iwi representatives on current enviro programmes
• fresh wholesome meals and marae accommodation over the 3 day conference- wānanga
• idyllic scenery of the Far North
• marine and freshwater field trips including local conservation initiatives and attractions
• an opportunity to share your own project during ‘show n tell’, displays & facilitated workshops
• inclusion of local residents, tangata whenua & conservation groups throughout the programme
• Invite extended to wider community to attend keynote presentations for gold coin koha
• an additional 1.5 days of specialist training workshops for Experiencing Marine Reserves &
Whitebait Connection coordinators after the wānanga (Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th April)
Previous wānanga video:



Mountains to Sea Charity Dinner

Charity dinner tickets are on sale now!!

EMR Charity Dinner

Auction Items -
Flying fish print by Edin Whitehead
Beauty pack by Snowberry
A1 prints by Seacology
Quality wetsuit by Wettie
Framed photograph by Darryl Torckler
Puriri tree packs by He Kakano
Mountains to Sea cake


Raffle Items -
Shark cage snorkel at Kelly Tarltons
Family Zoo pass by Auckland Zoo
Family snorkel pass by Dive Tutukaka
Car service by Midas Whangarei
Physiotherapy pack by University Physiotherapy (Auckland)
GOpro camera
Box of Choc Fish from the Choc Fish Co

Support the Rahui roll over in the Bay Of Islands

Please join EMR  in supporting the hugely successful Ngati Kuta and Patukeha led environmental protection of Maunganui Bay (Deep Water Cove).
The existing rahui has protected marine life in Maunganui Bay since 2010. However, it is due to expire on 29 October 2018. The hapu's request to Fisheries NZ (MPI) will extend the existing rahui for a further 2 years. EMR has snorkelled in this Rahui and it is awesome and we would love to see the protection continued

Follow this link for a easy and simple submission

Seaweek Video Comp a hit!

To celebrate Seaweek  we  offered a competition to promotie marine conservation the backyard!

The criteria was:
1. how to get to your local marine reserve, protected area or proposed protected area
2. marine reserve rules - no fishing of any kind and no removal of anything - completely no take
3. cover off some safety information- such as snorkelling with a dive buddy (staying close at all times and being alert to any hazards for example )
4. the kind of marine life that is in the reserve/protected area or proposed site and why the site needs you support!


This is one of our winning entries - this class will recieve a EMR/seaweek goodie pack

This is Makauri School - they are year 2 and 3 students!

Summer Snorkel Series Announced

We are very excited to announce our summer series of snorkel days for Northland and Auckland. These events will be added to Facebook and our website over the next coming weeks.


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Annual Poor Knights Competition Trip 2018

Marine kaitiaki guardians from the Far North to Otago are rewarded with Poor Knights snorkel experience!

The 17th annual EMR Poor Knights competition trip took place on Friday the 18th May. The trip was organised by Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and made up of representative students from each school that participates in the programme from Northland and Auckland, as well as 2 representatives from the other 6 regions EMR is operating including Taranaki, Coromandel, Gisborne, Wellington, Nelson and Otago.

Whananaki School at the Poor Knights

Whananaki School have been partcipating in the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme during term 1, and recently experienced the magical Poor Knights Islands.

Seaweek Ocean Champion Samara Nicholas explains the programme “EMR is about engageing the whole community in marine conservation, Foundation North provided the funding to support the schools participation in EMR”

We started in the classroom with an introduction to marine biodiversity. We then explored the estuary neighbouring Whanananaki School. Our next progression of snorkel experiences was to the the local rocky reef at Otamure Bay, where the students observed some reef fish and kina barrens.

On April 5th we were able to take the entire school (59 students from year 0– 8s) to the Poor Knights thanks to Dive Tutukaka and fundraising from the Whananaki School PTA.

“ It was great to have so much support from the parents and community, as we are relient on their support for adequate and safe ratios ”

"The EMR programme is a wonderful opportunity for all children to acquire knowledge about our marine biodiversity. Our students had a fantastic experience at the Poor Knights." Shaun Tepania (Whananaki School Principal)

"The Poor Knights was so amazing! There was so much to see. It was extraordinary!" Sophie Mander (year 7 student at Whananaki School)

For the final stage of the programme we take action in the community. Whananaki School and EMR will be collaborating with Seacleaners to remove rubbish from our estuary and catchment. The school also has an established native plant nursery and is active in marine survey work using the marine metre square project. Whananaki School won a Canon environmental award last year.

Check out the video here

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Mathesons Bay Relocated

Due to poor weather conditions we are relocating to the beautiful Whangateau Harbour. Registrations will be from 10am to 2pm to match the tide. Park beside the playground past the Whangateau Holiday Park.

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