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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.

2017 Wananga, register now

Early bird registrations will close on the 13th Feb for our Mountains to Sea Wānanga - Conference on Friday 21st April – Sunday 23rd April 2017
Omaha Marae, Leigh, Auckland

Theme “Citizen Science” for marine and freshwater conservation action and education"

Stories from the EMR diary

EMR coordinator see first-hand, the benefits of the EMR programme. The feedback is amazing but the most
rewarding part is seeing the looks on the faces of the students, whanau and even the teachers as they emerge from their marine reserve experiences. A real buzz is created, even though they are sometimes shivering, they can’t stop speaking about what they saw…this is Education for Sustainability in action!!

Seaweek

Dive into Seaweek 2016!!!
Saturday the 27th February marks the beginning of Seaweek 2016 with 25 events in Northland listed on the Seaweek website at seaweek.org.nz/events/northland, plus 14 competitions nationally. So dive into Seaweek, visit the website and check out the events near you!

Registrations Open for Wananga 2018 Nelson

Mountains to Sea Wānanga Conference 2018
Saturday 21st April – Monday 23rd April 2018
Motueka, Te Awhina Marae, Nelson-Tasman

Theme “Succession” for marine and freshwater conservation action and education"

Check out full programme here
Purpose
An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation.

Objectives
✦ provide a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for sustainability initiatives and projects around science communication
✦ 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 succession planning for conservation

Wānanga registration will include
✦ powhiri at 11am on Saturday 21st April
✦ marine & freshwater keynote presentations from Aneika Young, Jane Goodman and more TBC
✦ fresh wholesome meals and marae accommodation over the 3 day conference- wānanga
✦ idyllic scenery of the Abel Tasman National Park
✦ marine and freshwater field trips including local conservation initiatives and attractions such as Te Waikoropupū Springs
✦ 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
✦ an additional 1.5 days of specialist training workshops for Experiencing Marine Reserves & Whitebait Connection coordinators prior to the wānanga (Thursday 19th and Friday the 20th of April)
Previous wānanga proceedings http://www.emr.org.nz/index.php/events/55-annual-marine-and-freshwater-wananga-conference

Registrations essential early bird rates: $390 waged professional $290 non waged/student/teacher/not for profit

Follows on from NZAEE conference in Wellington
For more information and registration forms contact
Kim Jones (09) 425 5681 or 027 243 4818 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Check out full programme  here

 

Annual Poor Knights Competition Trip

Celebrating World Oceans Day - Marine kaitiaki guardians from Kaitaia to Otago are rewarded with Poor Knights snorkel experience!

The annual EMR competition trip is organised by Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and is made up of representative students from each school that that participates in the programme from Northland and Auckland, as well as representatives from eight regions where EMR is operating including Taranaki, Coromandel, Gisborne, Wellington,
Nelson and Otago.

Volunteer snorkel guides wanted!

thumb IMG 0230Kia ora - EMR is searching for new volunteers for the following role:

Water based snorkel guides - Volunteer guides will each take a small group of the public (maximum 6), assisting them to snorkel and identify the fish they see. The groups will keep close to the shore on the whole and sessions will last about 20 minutes. Volunteer guides will do 2 - 3 sessions then take a break. A kayak or vessel may support the groups and a full briefing will be held before the event. You will need to be an experienced snorkeler i.e. comfortable in the marine environment and have the ability to look after the group, plus a basic knowledge of what you're likely to see in the way of fish and other marine life. Able to follow instructions, fit and healthy and free from the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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