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Seaweek 2022

Seaweek 2022: Toi Moana, Tio Tangata - Connecting With Our Sea's

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana is New Zealand’s annual national week celebrating the sea. It’s lead by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), a national, non-profit organisation that promotes and supports lifelong learning and encourages behaviour that leads to sustainability for Aotearoa. 

We’re proud to be a national partner and regional co-ordinator.  This year, we’ll be celebrating Seaweek virtually, sharing some great initiatives below happening across our region and how you can get involved. 

For more information, please contact the Hawke's Bay Regional Co-ordinator, Amy Stevens, at the National Aquarium of New Zealand on 06 834 1404.

Hawkes Bay Regional Council plays a huge role in protecting our environment for all of us to enjoy, and are always working to improve the quality of the environment we call home. Watch this video by Anna Madarasz-Smith the Senior Coastal Scientist at HBRC, where she explains about the importance of our marine and coastal environment here in Hawke's Bay, and what affects the ocean we live next to.


Do you know about New Zealand’s protected marine areas? Watch this webinar to learn about the different types of protected areas that we have here in New Zealand, and what actions we can take to ensure our treasured marine species are safe.

Here’s a fun activity for the kids. The ocean is the largest unexplored place on Earth - less than 5% of it has been explored! Every meter you dive down is darker and colder, and the pressure on the body increases. But that doesn't stop some amazing animals from overcoming those challenges to live in the depths of the ocean!

  • Check out this interactive deep sea infographic by Neal Agarwal.
  • Then zoom in on this New Zealand map to find out how many meters deep the ocean is closest to where you live.
  • Which animals from the Neal Agarwal’s infographic could dive or live at the depth of your local ocean?
  • Next time you go for a walk, try and measure out a distance of 60 meters (that’s the average depth of the ocean where the aquarium is). By taking big steps of 1 metre each. Is 60 meters very far?
  • Use a calculator to work out how many times deeper the Mariana Trench (11,000 metres) is than Hawke’s Bay.

Meet ‘Big Blue’! Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s new remote operated vehicle. The team use this fantastic piece of technology to delve deep into Hawke’s Bay waters to get a greater understanding of what lies beneath. Learn more by checking out this video.

Learn all about how our actions and land-use practices are intertwined with the health of the sea.

Catch up with Anna Madarasz-Smith (Senior Coastal Scientist at Hawke’s Bay Regional Council) who shares the importance of our estuaries in Hawke’s Bay. The TANK project is making policies and rules to limit sediment, nutrients and stormwater from entering the Ahuriri Estuary to improve water quality and bird and marine life.

We want to empower you to become kaitiaki (guardians) of our wonderful natural world!  Time in nature and with wildlife is not only good for nature, it’s good for you too. Time with your friends and whānau, feeling relaxed and motivated as you help tackle issues head on is incredibly inspiring, and we want to make it easy for you to get involved.

Here at the National Aquarium of New Zealand we are always on the lookout for energetic, friendly, sensational and engaging future volunteers, who are willing to donate some of their valuable time to us, our animals and guests.

Become a volunteer

Learn more about other organisations you could get involved with

The Kiwi Conservation Club is a kid’s conservation club run through Forest & Bird. They provide opportunities for tamariki to explore, discover, love and become kaitiaki (guardians) of our natural world.
For Seaweek 2022, they're raising awareness of a local whitebait species called the banded kōkopu - you may have seen them in our aquarium near our kiwi habitat. Read below to learn about the banded kōkopu and then create your own fish windsock to fly around your garden. They also invite you to share your windsock on their local Forest & Bird Facebook page.

Instructions on how to create your own fish windsock

Banded kōkopu (Galaxias fasciatus)

KokopuBanded kōkopu are an important whitebait species located in streams and waterways around Hawke’s Bay with growing populations at Tūtira Lake.
Adult fish have thin stripes or bands across their backs, hence the name banded kōkopu.

  • These fish like shady areas and are great climbers. They will try to escape from buckets by clinging to and wriggling up the sides.
  • Young fish are attracted to the odor of adult fish. They can sniff out good habitat based on the presence of adult fish.
  • They feed on insects at night (especially those that drop into pools), which they detect by their vibrations.
  • Loss of forest cover (and replacement by pasture) has been a major factor responsible for the decline of whitebait species.
  • The climbing whitebait species, including banded kōkopu, cannot climb the dry walls of dams and have been adversely affected by dams which prevent migrations to and from the sea.

Kōkopu are easy to spot at night. A future KCC adventure could include a spotlighting tour of the creeks at Tūtira from Guthrie Smith and learning about how streams and rivers are maintained in our region.

To learn more about Forest and Bird’s Kiwi Conservation Club and how to join us, head to their website or email local organisers Sara Shaw and Emma Buttle.


During Seaweek and beyond

Become a Citizen Scientist with eOceans

Download the eOceans app this Seaweek and help contribute to real time marine research whenever you are near, in, or on the ocean. By simply downloading and using this mobile phone app, you will have the opportunity to join a global science initiative to help track the health of the world’s oceans and marine life, just by logging what you see.  This can be from the animals and plant life, to human activity and pollution and hazards in the ocean. 

Learn more about eOceans and this citizen science app.

We can't wait to show you our world.

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