With education a key focus at the National Aquarium, there's always something new going on or coming up soon. Our education programmes are constantly evolving and we also support nationwide events such as Seaweek along with our very own Meeting of the Minds and Waste Aware programmes. Read all about it here and on our Facebook page.
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
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
'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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
GeoTrips – where to investigate geology in New Zealand
GeoTrips ( www.geotrips.org.nz ) is a new map based website with information about rock outcrops, geological displays and landforms that can be visited and explored in New Zealand. It is written for non-specialists and will be of interest to teachers, students, travellers and the public, as well as those with a professional interest in geology.
7 July 2017
Curious MInds Geology Camp 2017
GNS Science, the National Aquarium and East Coast LAB jointly ran a two-day workshop on geology having won a MBIE Curious Minds funding grant.
The Year 7/8 participants spent the first day at the Aquarium and the second day looking for fossils in the rocks at Waipatiki Beach.
26 May 2017
The new East Coast LAB education room is up and running!
Come and see what exciting activities there are for primary students, Levels 1-4, with the Life at the Boundary, “LAB”, education programme.
2 February 2017
Youth Science Camp - Nurturing tomorrow’s scientists
Almost 150 youngsters had their inner Einstein nudged during May, as they dissected fish, fermented yeast and built and programmed robots, among other things.
30 May 2016