The National Aquarium works with schools, scientists and other groups in programmes, projects and public events locally, nationally and internationally to increase awareness of the need to protect natural habitats and biodiversity.
Scientists from around the country also use the National Aquarium as a monitoring and research centre and the aquarium has strong partnerships with the following organisations to undertake its guardianship role as Te Whare Tangaroa O Aotearoa:
- Department of Conservation (DOC)
- Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI)
- National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
- Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC)
- Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated (NKII)
Building Conservation Awareness
Every year the National Aquarium supports specific conservation projects to raise money to help care and protect native animals such as Kiwi, Tuatara, and Penguins. Comprehensive steps are taken to ensure good environmental practices are followed as the National Aquarium believes in building awareness of the importance of conservation through its own actions and aims to ensure its work today will have an impact into tomorrow. Actions such as:
- Adhering to strict quotas / holding permits when replenishing the Oceanarium tanks fish stocks from the ocean.
- Sourcing as much local produce as possible in the Fish Bowl Café.
- Recycling where possible, including turning used office paper into notepads for staff.
- Utilising leaf litter from the Guavas Forest to supply natural flora and invertebrate life for its Kiwi and Tuatara.
- Separating used coffee grounds in the Fish Bowl Café to be used as compost.
- Limiting the use of plastic in the Treasure Chest Gift Shop and only using biodegradable bags.
- in 2017, the Fish Bowl Café implemented the use of compostable drinking cups, straws and lids and coffee cups in the café.
- Raising awareness of the environmental impacts with single-use items like balloons and drinking straws with our birthday party events and in our café.
Waste Aware Programme
Waste Aware is an environmental education programme delivered by the Napier City Council's Waste Minimisation team. There is a full term or half-day programme and both are aimed at educating primary and intermediate aged school children (particularly Years 5-8) and the wider community about waste minimisation and sustainability.
High Schools may also participate in the Waste Aware as the programme can be tailored to specifically meet the needs and interests of a particular school group. The programme's vision is to 'educate school children and the wider community on how to minimise solid waste entering the local landfill'.
- Conservation Week
- Keep NZ Beautiful Week
- World Ocean's Day
- NZ Frog Week
- Kiwi Aversion Training for Dogs