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Give 24 gifts to nature this Christmas

Give some gifts to nature this Christmas by completing the National Aquarium of New Zealand’s reimagined Christmas advent calendar!

25 November 2019

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2019 11 22 24 Gifts 4 Nature Penguin Planet Protector

And the winner is....

It’s official – this year’s cutest, very best penguin is… Draco.

18 October 2019

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Did your flippered favourite make the cut?

This year Draco, Elmo and Mo will be battling it out for the prestigious title of Penguin of the Year 2019.

14 October 2019

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Voting Open - Penguin of the Year 2019

Does it pay to be naughty or nice when you’re a little penguin and the whole world is watching? Who is going to be crowned this year’s Penguin of the Year will be revealed on Friday 18 October.

1 October 2019

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Little Penguins on Pier

Speech comp builds confident kids

The National Aquarium is proud to support the Hillmac Electrical Speech Contest again supporting young people’s literacy, especially with this year’s topic of New Zealand’s endemic and native species!

22 July 2019

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2019 07 22 speech comp

Fossils fun for curious young minds

If you had to make an educated guess about what colour a dinosaur might have been, what would you say? One of the 200 students from Hawke’s Bay schools who attended Meeting of the Minds this week at the National Aquarium of New Zealand could help you come up with a suitable answer.

7 July 2019

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'Fanimals' visit Penguin Cove!

Our Supervisor of Birds, Becs Cuthbert was featured on the TV show 'Fanimals' in their segment "Working with Animals".

22 May 2019

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Out of the classroom and into the environment

Imagine living in an environment where temperatures soar between extremes, you’re under water one minute and in air the next, exposed to predators on both sides! Then throw in some manmade marine pollution to complicate matters further. Now you are beginning to picture what life is like on a rocky shore…

27 February 2019

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Boy Rocky shore

Give something back to nature

The National Aquarium of New Zealand is preparing for Seaweek 2019, hosting two presentations and partnering with Taradale Library, PangeaSeed and Birds New Zealand for a series of walks and talks.

14 February 2019

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Seaweek promo Jan 2019 1

It’s time to meet “Dave”

What better day to introduce the newest member of the Little Penguin family at the National Aquarium of New Zealand than on international Penguin Awareness Day?

20 January 2019

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National Aquarium Dr Adrian Fowler with Penguins Nov 2018 19

Wild about wildlife

Adrian Fowler, a wildlife veterinarian, has travelled to and lived in plenty of interesting places, and has the stories to match.

30 November 2018

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Dr Adrian Fowler and Timmy

Holiday Lights Opening Night - Registration

Friends of Aquarium Members - Register here to attend the Holiday Lights Opening Night on Thursday 6 December.

27 November 2018

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And the winner is...

Timmy has out-flippered Mo to become the National Aquarium of New Zealand’s first ever Penguin of the Year.

31 October 2018

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Naughty Penguins to the Fore as Finalists Announced!

Preliminary voting for the National Aquarium of New Zealand’s inaugural Penguin of the Year closed at midnight last night with two finalists emerging head and flipper above their competitors in a fiercely-competitive 12-strong field.

12 October 2018

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Fossils tour digs up the past

What does the first animal to have eyes have in common with the largest land carnivore ever to live? They're both featured in the National Aquarium of New Zealand’s Fossil Tour. Visiting Hawke's Bay primary schools during October and November

6 October 2018

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Pic 2 Fossils tour Jake Brookie

Penguin of the Year - who will it be?

Now is your chance to vote for your flippered favourite in the first ever National Aquarium of New Zealand Penguin of the Year Awards.

1 October 2018

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Penguin Portraits Sept 2018 Second Sitting 12

Biodiversity Hits the Right Note

You’ll be mistaken for thinking you are in the film set of the Dr Seuss Lomax movie, at the National Aquarium of New Zealand last night. Taea Southwick from Bledsoe school in Taradale won the Hillmac Electrical Junior Speech Contest.

3 September 2018

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Group 2 Junior

Aquarium announcement great for the region

Fletcher Tabuteau announces government support towards a detailed business case for a National Aquarium expansion.

31 August 2018

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Children Growing Awareness of Biodiversity: One Speech at a Time

The Hillmac Electrical Speech Contests’ new topic for 2018 has got Bay students talking!
‘Biodiversity in your backyard’ is the topic for both Junior and Intermediate contests, and has encouraged 16 Hawke’s Bay schools to take part, with other schools still to confirm.

13 August 2018

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Winning Words

Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Seaweek / World Oceans Day Poetry Competition, who received their awards last night at a special ceremony at the Aquarium, and had a chance to perform their winning works before an audience.

8 June 2018

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Primary winners

Meeting of the Minds

Talented and Gifted students of Year 5-8 are invited to attend a free day programme at the National Aquarium on 6 June and 13 June 2018.

23 May 2018

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Leaves, twigs, fruits and flowers – food webs with Richmond School

Richmond School took a field trip to the National Aquarium where food webs of the bush were investigated along with native animals like our two kiwi, Ngaio and Ed, and the gorgeous green geckos.
The students used microscopes to discover things like the intricate networks of leaf structure and kiwi feathers.
Later that day they went to Dolbel Reserve for a talk and walk around the restoration project at the park reserve.
It was a great day for us all!

22 May 2018

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Bold Vision for "unforgettable" National Aquarium

Napier City Council has shared further details of its plan to expand the National Aquarium of New Zealand, announcing the support of high profile partners such as Weta Workshop and Air New Zealand

24 August 2017

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Have a Close Encounter experience

Want to help feed the alligators? Perhaps hold a Little Penguin? Or swim daringly with the sharks? You can, with a Close Encounter at the National Aquarium. There's six to choose from.

23 November 2014

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