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NZAEE Seaweek 2020

Seaweek 2020: Ko Au Te Moana Ko Te Moana Ko Au – I am the sea, the sea is me

New Zealand’s national, annual celebration of the sea is back and we want you to be part of it!

Hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), Seaweek is about exciting and inspiring all New Zealanders to review their connections with our ocean.  For 2020 our theme is “Ko Au Te Moana, Ko Te Moana Ko Au – I am the sea, the sea is me”.

We welcome you to dive in and explore all the events on offer below, or download the Seaweek Events poster.


29 February

Time: 9.00am-12noon

Where: Waitangi Regional park, Awatoto

Registrations: Visit Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Facebook events page (event will be cancelled if the weather’s bad).

Please join us for our annual Beach Clean Up. In 2019 we removed over 752 kilos
of litter from this beach, with 105 kgs able to be recycled! BBQ for our wonderful volunteers.
Bring your drink bottle, gloves and a bucket if you can and wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

1 March

Time: 9.00am-4.30pm

Celebrate Seaweek with us and explore the wonders of our ocean at the National Aquarium of New Zealand. Free entry for one child when accompanied by one paying adult. Keeper talks and feeding times: Little Penguins, 9.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm; Reef Fish Feeding, 10am; Shark Feeding, 2pm.

Time: 10.00am-12noon

Register: (will be postponed if unsuitable weather). Brought to you by Birds NZ, Forest & Bird and Ahuriri Estuary Protection Society.

Join Lynne Anderson and Jake Brookie for a tour of Ahuriri Estuary. Discover what makes estuaries so important and meet the birds, snails, fish and crabs who call it home.

Time: 1.00pm-2.00pm

Where: Taradale Library (registration not required).

Join Seaweek Regional Co-ordinator Jake Brookie and learn about what lives in the sea! Lots of fun facts about sharks, whales and even a few fossils.

3 March

Where: Meet beside the playground, Hardinge Road

Registrations: Hawke's Bay Regional Council Facebook (event may be cancelled if the weather’s bad).

Discover what lives in the inter-tidal zone at the Hardinge Road reef. Join us for a
hands-on adventure at the shore. Experts will be on hand to share their knowledge and help identify species. Bring your own container and be prepared to get wet feet.


5 March

Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm

Where: Meet at Pandora Pond, Humber Street

Registrations:  Hawke's Bay Regional Council Facebook (event may be cancelled if the weather’s bad).

Discover the challenges and conservation work at Ahuriri Estuary, in conjunction with local experts. Includes a loop walk from Humber Street Reserve to Embankment Bridge and beyond.
Please wear appropriate footwear and weather appropriate clothing.

Precision Seafood Harvesting

Where: National Aquarium of New Zealand (gold coin donation, registrations not required).

Suzy Black (Plant and Food Research) will talk about the Modular Harvesting System, a world-leading and more environmentally-sustainable way of fishing that maximises quality and limits impact for non-target catch. This enables non-target catch to be returned to the sea, and delivers fish that are less stressed and fatigued and in better condition for export. 

6 March

Time: 5.00pm - 6.00pm

Meet: On the grass by Fish Bike Rentals.

Join the Cathedral Environment, Justice and Peace Network and the Catholic Parish of Napier Care of Creation Group in a Beach Clean Up from the port fence to the viewing platform, Marine Parade. Stay for a shared picnic afterwards. Registration not required (event will be cancelled if high seas or heavy rain). Bring an old bag/bucket and gloves for collecting.

More info: contact Jenny Baker

7 March

Time: 10am - 12noon

Where: Meet outside the Jandal Bar, Ahuriri

OSOF is running a nationwide campaign to highlight the negative effects of cigarette butts in our environment. Join us this Seaweek for our first local No Butts cleanup. During this cleanup we’ll separate cigarette butts from general rubbish to begin building a picture on the extent of ‘butt pollution’ in the Bay. Bring reusable gloves and a bucket/bag (provided if needed) hat, sunblock, water.

Further information: Nobutts

Where: Meet at National Aquarium of New Zealand

Registrations: Essential (koha requested)

The Seawalls Tour is back - but this time we have a bus! Take a tour around the murals of Ahuriri and the CBD with artist Cinzah and guide Jake. Includes some murals not seen on previous tours.

8 March

Where: Napier Library (registration not required)

Join Seaweek Regional Co-ordinator Jake Brookie and learn about what lives in the sea! Lots of fun facts about sharks, whales and even a few fossils 

29 February - 31 March

Marine Metre Squared (Mm²) – Citizen Scientists Wanted! Create a splash during Seaweek by becoming a Marine Citizen Scientist.  Help monitor New Zealand’s marine environment in the Marine Metre Squared (Mm²) project by counting the animals and plants you find in a 1m x 1m square patch of your local shore then upload what you have found to  Pick up your Mm² How to Guide & Data Sheet, Sandy and Muddy or Rocky Shore Guide from your local library during Conservation Week. This project is run by the New Zealand Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago and supported by the Department of Conservation.

2 - 27 March

To celebrate Seaweek, take part in this fun competition and create a 3D sculpture with an environmental message completely from non-recyclable plastic waste!

See you sculpture displayed at Creative Arts Napier and WIN PRIZES!

  • Individuals or groups
  • From 2-27 March
  • Only $5 per entry

Full details can be found on the Creative Arts Napier website.

Download your Seaweek Events poster!

For further details and contact information about the above events, contact Jake Brookie (Seaweek Regional Co-ordinator) on or visit the Seaweek Website.

We can't wait to show you our world.

Opening Hours

Daily from 9:00am - 5:00pm
(including public holidays)
last entry 4:30pm


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