EMR is based in eight regions throughout New Zealand below are coordinator profiles and contact emails addresses:
Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust provides the umbrella organisation for the EMR programme in Auckland.
There is still an urgent need to promote value of the Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve (est. 1999), it's critical for community to experience with their own eyes, as this is essential to achieving marine protection in their own areas and building community support for the existing marine reserve. This marine region is highly utilized for kaimoana gathering by communities and has a huge summer influx of people.
The Wellington Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme is coordinated by the Wellington Marine Conservation Trust, who operate the Island Bay Marine Education Centre, with support from the Poneke Area of the Department of Conservation, the Wellington City Council, WWF-NZ and the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust (via the Tindall Foundations support for national expansion).
The summer and autumn of 2015/16 saw a consolidation of EMR activities in Otago. This year’s Community Guided Snorkel
Day was held at Karitane Peninsula, with a total of 27 snorkelers. Our big step forward for the 2015/16 season was the purchase of twenty sets of fins, booties, hoods, gloves and weight belts – all essential for enjoyment of the seas down here.
These complemented our existing wetsuits, masks and snorkels provided by EMR and supporters. Our new purchases were kindly funded by a grant of $4,181 from the Otago Community Trust - a gift which is greatly appreciated now and in years to come. Contact
EMR was first piloted in Taranaki with St Pius School in 2011. The local host for EMR in this region is Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society; who work in collaboration with the Department of Conservation. EMR Taranaki had over 100 at their community guided snorkel day last summer
EMR in Nelson is under the new local umbrella of Whenua Iti Outdoors. EMR in Nelson has been busy at Riwaka
School in 2016, with some great action projects such as making Tonga Marine Reserve educational posters for
display inside Sea Shuttle Taxi Boats in the Abel Tasman National Park to educate tourists about Tonga Marine Reserve
and sending letter to John Key to promote marine reserves!
Riwaka also made the front page of the Guardian newspaper https://issuu.com/guardian-motueka/docs/8_june_2016
In 2014 the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) was approached by Dr Mike Bossley, a renowned marine biologist and environmental advocate about adopting EMR as a successful community engagement tool in SA. In 2014, EMR's founder Samara Nicholas travelled to Adelaide to present the programme. SA's marine reserves are called marine sanctuaries, with permission we agreed to provide the resources and safety management systems to base the programme on that the EMR programme in SA would be called 'Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries'