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Seaweek 2024

Seaweek 2024: Toi Moana, Toi Tangata - Connecting With Our Sea's

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana is New Zealand’s annual national week celebrating the sea held 2 - 10 March 2024. It’s coordinated nationally by Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC), and is made possible through the work of a large network of volunteers with support from a wide range of individuals, groups, businesses and organisations.

We’re proud to be a national partner and regional co-ordinator, and this year we have some amazing events delivered by organisations in our regions, as well as activities on our social media sites to take part in. Discover what you can get involved in on this page. Get out there and 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.

What:  Create ocean inspired artworks and see them on display in a professional exhibition in the Creative Arts Napier Gallery! Anything from painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography or all of the above with mixed media.  There are three age categories and six ‘Best in Show’ prizes to be won!
Proudly sponsored by the National Aquarium of New Zealand
Age Groups: 5–8 years, 9–12 years and 13-16 years
$10 Entry fee per art work
Entry forms available at CAN, National Aquarium of New Zealand or by contacting bookings@thecan.co.nz
Contact details:  06 835 9448 or email
When:  1–14 March
Time: Opening event and prize giving 5.00pm, Friday 1 March
Exhibition opening hours 10.00am - 4.00pm daily
Where:  Creative Arts Napier, 16 Byron Street 

What:  Everyone is welcome to join our annual litter clean up at Waitangi Regional Park. We will supply bags, gloves and buckets but feel free to bring your own. The bbq will fire up to cook a sausage. BYO water, snacks, sturdy footwear, and a jacket just in case. This is a weather dependent event so please watch our facebook page for cancellations.
When:  9am-12noon
Where:  Waitangi Regional Park, Awatoto
Organiser:  Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Registration:  Register through Hawke's Bay Regional Council Facebook page

What:  Royal Society Lecture with Prof. John Cockrem (Massey University) - Biology and conservation of kororā (little penguins).
Kororā (little penguins) are declining and have disappeared from many locations around New Zealand coastlines. Prof. Cockrem will describe the biology of the kororā, and the conservation status and current threats to the species from human activities and from climate change. He will present studies of the annual cycle, breeding biology, and feeding, and show results from at-sea tracking of individuals. Prof. Cockrem began penguin field work more than 30 years ago with Adelie and emperor penguins in Antarctica. His recent work is focussed on studies of kororā to contribute to kororā conservation, together with advocacy for kororā. He has established nestbox colonies at Napier Port and on Mana Island and, working with community groups, in Tasman Bay, Golden Bay and Waiheke Island.

When:  Tuesday 5 March, 6pm (doors open from 5.30pm)
Where:  National Aquarium of New Zealand
Cost:  Gold coin donation

About the speaker:
Prof. John Cockrem has worked with penguins for more than 35 years. His first field trips for penguin research were to Antarctica to work with Adelie and emperor penguins. This work was focused on individual variation in stress hormone responses of birds to environmental stimuli, and on relationships between these responses and personality. This penguin work continued with stress hormone studies of kororā at Oamaru in the South Island. 

More recently, his penguin work has changed to focus on breeding biology, tracking, advocacy for penguin conservation, and work with community groups around the country. The kororā (little penguin) is now his main study species.

His kororā work has included the establishment of new nestbox study sites on Kapiti Island and Mana Island, at Napier Port, Port Tarakohe in Golden Bay, Kaiteriteri in Tasman Bay, Waiheke Island, and Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast. Field studies, in collaboration with colleagues at Napier Port and in community groups, are being conducted to determine breeding success and survival of kororā at different locations around New Zealand. Tracking devices that record GPS location and diving data have been used to determine foraging areas and diving behaviour for kororā (and also for hoiho in Otago).

Prof. Cockrem is a trustee of the Mohua Golden Bay Penguin Trust and Patron of the Tasman Bay Blue Penguin Trust. He provides professional advice about penguins to local councils, writes penguin management plans, and works on-site with construction companies undertaking coastal work in penguin habitats. He provides expert witness evidence in court cases against coastal development activities that adversely affect penguins. His advocacy regularly includes media interviews in relation to penguins in New Zealand and overseas.

Prof. Cockrem's work in which he applies his kororā experience and communication skills to advocate for kororā conservation was recognised by the award of the Massey University Exceptional Research Citizenship Medal for 2022.

What:  Come and join our Environmental Education team and see what bugs we can find. Be a water scientist for the afternoon and learn about how to use the Stream Health Monitoring Assessment kits. This activity will be investigating the smallest inhabitants in the river along with undertaking some simple water testing. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
What to bring, if you can:
- A white ice cream container and magnifying glass
- A towel
- Suitable footwear for the stoney riverbank
- Your own snacks and water.

This is a weather dependent event so please watch our facebook page for cancellations.
When:  4pm - 6pm, Tuesday 5 March
Where:  Tutaekuri River, adjacent to Guppy Road car park
Organiser:  Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Registration: Register here

What:  Come and join our Environmental Education team and see what bugs we can find. Be a water scientist for the afternoon and learn about how to use the Stream Health Monitoring Assessment kits. This activity will be investigating the smallest inhabitants in the river along with undertaking some simple water testing. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
What to bring, if you can:
- A white ice cream container and magnifying glass
- A towel
- Suitable footwear for the stoney riverbank
- Your own snacks and water.

This is a weather dependent event so please watch our facebook page for cancellations.
When:  4pm - 6pm, Thursday 7 March
Where:  Tutaekuri River, adjacent to Guppy Road car park
Organiser:  Hawke's Bay Regional Council
Registration: Register here

What:  Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay in conjunction with NZ Landcare Trust, Hawke's Bay Regional Council and EIT/Te Pukenga are excited to announce the First Annual Hawke's Bay Biodiversity Forum. This event is designed to inspire and educate community members who are interested in protecting and enhancing native biodiversity in our region. 
The event begins with a plenary speaker from Zealandia (Wellington), who will inspire us with the story of how this urban-based sanctuary has revitalised populations of native species in our capital city. Following this, members of the partnership developing the Ahuriri Regional Park (HBRC, NCC, and Mana Ahuriri) will describe their aspirations to establish a multi-functional reserve that showcases the natural spaces of the estuary and marine environment, including the broad range of species living there.
The educational aspect of the Forum involves workshops for gaining skills useful for community-led biodiversity projects and initiatives. Participants will be able to choose from:
· Project Management & Funding
· Outcome Monitoring
· Selecting plant species and establishing them for optimal growth

The Forum will conclude with an opportunity to network over a catered lunch.
When:  9am - 12noon, Sunday 9 March
Where:  EIT/ Te Pukenga, 501 Gloucester Street, Taradale
Contact:  Visit www.biodiversityhb.org for further information and to register for the event.
Organiser:  Biodiversity Hawke's Bay

What:  Join the National Aquarium of New Zealand team for a beach clean up this Seaweek and help protect our moana. Make sure you dress for the weather, bring sun block, water, and wear closed shoes. Also, if you have them bring gardening gloves to protect your hands. A briefing will start at 10am from our team member, look out for our flag!
When:  10.00am Sunday 10 March
Where:  At the beach behind the National Aquarium of New Zealand
Organiser: National Aquarium of New Zealand

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