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Celebrate Seaweek with us!

Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas

New Zealand’s national, annual celebration of the sea is back and as an official supporter of Seaweek we’re heavily involved and want you to be part of it!T shirt graphics logo

Hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), it’s about exciting and inspiring all New Zealanders to renew their connections with our ocean.

For 2019 the theme is “Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas". We welcome you to dive in and explore our events and those of our partners such as Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Ministry of Primary Industries, and Department of Conservation.

See below for all Seaweek events or click here to download a summarised version.

Seaweek 2019 Events

25 February – 10 March: Napier CBD Scavenger Hunt.  Search for the penguins hidden in shops around Napier and be in to win some excellent prizes! Pick up your entry form from Adore Collections.

Throughout March: Creative Arts Napier (CAN) Driftwood Competition.  Locals get creative and make many weird and wonderful creations from driftwood. The results are on display at CAN, Byron Street, Napier during March.

Throughout March: ‘Adopt a Coastline’ Beach Cleans. Throughout 2019 community groups are adopting a section of coastline to clean and note the rubbish that they see. The results will help prevent litter and pollution along our beaches. Details of your local beach clean are below, Dates for the first clean will be confirmed soon, as will other beach clean locations and groups:

  • Our Seas Our Future: Cleaning Westshore Beach, contact Jane Gardiner
  • Cathedral Environment Justice and Peace Network: Cleaning near the Napier Port Breakwater, Marine Parade. Contact Jenny Baker Pjkr,
  • Catholic Parish of Napier: Cleaning from the Marine Parade viewing platform to the i-SITE. Contact Ruth Smithies,
  • Napier i-SITE: Cleaning from the i-SITE to Bay Skate. Contact

1 March, 5.30pm-7.00pm:  Mahia Beach Clean.  Keep your local beach clean! Meet at Pohutukawa Reserve, Mahia Beach (by the fishing club). Contact Jenni Scothern-King,

2 – 10 March: Toyota Kiwi Guardians. Take action in your own backyard with Toyota Kiwi Guardians! Make a difference and be in to win some prizes during Seaweek! Visit the DOC website here to find out more about “Becoming a Kiwi Guardian Water Champion”!

2 March, 1.00pm-3.30pm:  Seawalls Tour (Napier CBD). Join Jake Brookie (National Aquarium of New Zealand) and Cinzah Merkens for a tour of the Seawalls murals and learn important messages about what these murals represent! Meet at Memorial Square in Napier at 1pm.

2 March, 9.00am-12noon: Beach Clean Up & BBQ at Waitangi Regional Park. Join in and help keep our park clean and tidy. Meet by the Celestial Compass.  For any queries please email or go to ‘events’ on the HBRC Facebook page.

2 March, 11.00am & 11.30: Guided Walk at Waitangi Regional Park. Napier Forest and Bird Branch are offering a guided walk around the park which will include viewing the considerable plantings that Forest & Bird have undertaken around the area and also a walk around the lake on the other side of the expressway -  this lake hosts a variety of bird life.  30-45minutes. Contact for details

2 and 9 March 11.00am – 12noon: Library Programme. Jake Brookie (National Aquarium of New Zealand) visits the Taradale Library to read books and talk about interesting animal facts. Suits ages 5-9. Contact for more details.

3 March: Children’s Day at National Aquarium of New Zealand. Free entry for one child when accompanied by one paying adult (children aged between 3-14 years)

3 and 9 March, 10.30am-3pm: Calico Bag Decorating at the Aquarium. A children’s activity. Decorate a free calico bag at the National Aquarium of New Zealand and take it home to use straight away instead of plastic! Contact Margaret on 835 2122.

3 March, 10.00am-12noon: Rocky Shore Exploration Day. Join Sally Carson from the Otago Marine Studies Centre and learn about what lives at the rocky shore and how you can help study it as part of ‘Marine Metre Squared’! Meet at Spriggs Park, Hardinge Road, Napier. Contact or for more details.

3 March, 12noon - 1.30pm: Children's Day at Napier Libraries:  Bring the kids along for a special story time featuring ocean themed stories, make your own octopus and more. Where:  Napier and Taradale Library.

3 March, 2.00pm: Children's Day at MTG Hawke's Bay, Family Movie - Whale Rider:  Enjoy this wonderful New Zealand film, only $5 per person.  Where:  MTG Century Theatre.

4 March, 3.30pm-5pm: Marine Metre Squared Workshop. Sally Carson from the University of Otago’s Marine Studies Centre hosts an introduction to ‘Marine Metre Squared’ for educators and interested members of the public. Find out how your school or community group can gather valuable data that will lead to greater understanding and improved management of your local shoreline. Contact or for details.

5 March, 9.15am-10.30am: Wairoa Riverside Clean-Up. Take part in a riverside clean-up and help your local environment! Meet at the Yacht Club. Contact Jenni Scothern-King for more details.

5 March, 7pm-8.15pm: Royal Society Seaweek Lecture. Cawthron Institute researcher Heni Unwin, along with Ross Vennell presents work regarding tracking plastic movement around New Zealand’s waters. Click here for further information. Gold coin donation and no bookings needed. Where:  National Aquarium of New Zealand, Marine Parade, Napier. Contact

6 March, 2pm-4pm: George Nuku’s 2118: A Bottled Ocean Floor Talk. George Nuku and MTG Hawke’s Bay Curator of Art Jess Mio talk about the effect of plastics in our oceans. Hear about the journey of plastic in the sea and how plastic has become an art medium of its own. Bookings via MTG’s Eventfinda page.

6 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm: Twilight at Ahuriri Estuary walk and talk. Hear about Kuaka and other migratory birds. Meet at Embankment Road, Westshore, opposite Beach Inn, Meeanee Quay. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and bring binoculars if you have some. To register email or go to events on the HBRC Facebook page.

8 March, 5.00pm:  Cathedral Environment Justice and Peace Network Beach Clean Up. A free event that begins on the grass near Fish Bike Rentals. Bring a bag and gloves and enjoy a picnic afterwards. Contact Jenny Baker at or 835 3862

8 March, 5pm - 6pm:  Catholic Parish of Napier Care of Creation Group. Beach clean that begins at Fish Bike Rentals and makes it’s way along Marine Parade towards the viewing platform. Contact for more information.

8 March, 5.00pm: Whakamahia Beach Clean. Meet at the new toilet block and picnic tables. Volunteers can enjoy a barbecue at 6:30pm/7.00pm after the clean!  Contact Jenni Scothern-King

7 March, 7pm - 8.45pm: "Albatross” Documentary Night.  Hosted by ‘Our Seas-Our Future’, see this moving documentary about the albatross’s quest to find a mate amid an island polluted by plastic. Recommended for those 12 years and older. Where:  Hawke's Bay Regional Council Chamber, 159 Dalton Street, Napier. Contact Jane Gardiner at for more information.

9 March, 10am: Our Seas our Future Beach Clean. Meet at the end of Domain Road, Haumoana. Please bring your own buckets and gloves to minimize waste as we clean up the beach! Contact Jane Gardiner at for more information.

9 March, 1.00pm-3.30pm: Seawalls Tour (Ahuriri). Join Jake Brookie (National Aquarium of New Zealand) and Cinzah Merkens for a tour of the Seawalls murals and learn important messages about what these murals represent! Meet at Perfume Point Carpark at 1pm. Contact

9 March, 4-5pm: George Nuku’s 2118: A Bottled Ocean Floor Talk (sign language interpreted). George Nuku and MTG Curator of Art Jess Mio talk about the effect of plastics in our oceans. Understand the journey of plastic in the sea and how plastic has become an art medium of its own. This presentation will be interpreted in New Zealand Sign Language. Meet in the MTG’s Main Foyer. Bookings via MTG’s Eventfinda page.

10 March, 1.00pm-3.30pm: Estuary Walk with Jake Brookie (National Aquarium of New Zealand) and Lynne Anderson. Learn all about the wonderful world of our Ahuriri Estuary, with a special focus on the birds who live here, and those which fly 12,000 kilometers to visit us! Suits families. Meet at the Embankment Road Carpark, opposite the Beach Inn. Please register by emailing Jake Brookie,

10 March, 1pm-3pm: Decorate a Godwit, Napier CBD. The chance for children and families to decorate and paint a wooden Godwit! Held outside 205 Emerson Street, in front of Adore Collections. Gold coin donation. Contact for more information.
If you are going on an outdoor adventure for Seaweek don’t forget your sunhat, sunscreen, suitable shoes and water!

For any questions about Seaweek, please contact our educator Jake Brookie who is also the Seaweek Regional Coordinator.
Phone: 021 025 73553.

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