Celebrating World Oceans Day - Marine kaitiaki guardians from Kaitaia to Otago are rewarded with Poor Knights snorkel experience!
The annual EMR competition trip is organised by Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and is made up of representative students from each school that that participates in the programme from Northland and Auckland, as well as representatives from eight regions where EMR is operating including Taranaki, Coromandel, Gisborne, Wellington,
Nelson and Otago.
Huge thank you to Blue Mako Seasport for sponsoring this beautiful new safety kayak for the Auckland Region.
Kia ora - EMR is searching for new volunteers for the following role:
Water based snorkel guides - Volunteer guides will each take a small group of the public (maximum 6), assisting them to snorkel and identify the fish they see. The groups will keep close to the shore on the whole and sessions will last about 20 minutes. Volunteer guides will do 2 - 3 sessions then take a break. A kayak or vessel may support the groups and a full briefing will be held before the event. You will need to be an experienced snorkeler i.e. comfortable in the marine environment and have the ability to look after the group, plus a basic knowledge of what you're likely to see in the way of fish and other marine life. Able to follow instructions, fit and healthy and free from the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Community Guided Kayak Day - Waikaraka (Whangarei) registration information and forms can be found on the link below - please note that we have limited places left on thw 28th Feb tour
It is with a heavy heart that I write this tribute to my hero – Bill Ballantine
To celebrate conservation week, Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) is organising a free Community Guided Snorkel Day at Reotahi from 10am till 3pm on Sunday the 1st November.
The theme for conservation week is ‘Healthy Nature Healthy People’
If you attended one of our Community Guided Snorkel Days, guided snorkel experiences or partcipated in the full EMR programme in any of our operational regions - your eligable to enter our competition! See the criteria here
EMR coordinator see first-hand, the benefits of the EMR programme. The feedback is amazing but the most
rewarding part is seeing the looks on the faces of the students, whanau and even the teachers as they emerge from their marine reserve experiences. A real buzz is created, even though they are sometimes shivering, they can’t stop speaking about what they saw…this is Education for Sustainability in action!!
Massive thanks to Kerikeri Primary for the fantastic fanmail !
Dive into Seaweek 2016!!!
Saturday the 27th February marks the beginning of Seaweek 2016 with 25 events in Northland listed on the Seaweek website at seaweek.org.nz/events/northland, plus 14 competitions nationally. So dive into Seaweek, visit the website and check out the events near you!
Deputy National Coordinator Lorna Hefford has spent the last few days down in the beautiful Akaroa Harbour checking out their marine reserves.
We are very excited that TV3 news was able to join Reremoana Schools EMR programme with coordinator Lorna Hefford over the weekend - see the link below
By Vince Kerr
Without any doubt Bill's contribution to marine conservation is legendary stuff. I would argue that Bill sits in a class of his own in our short New Zealand history of marine conservation. Last year he released a paper reviewing 50 years of experience with marine reserves; the fact that it is 50 years of his own direct experience is testament to his commitment.
Experiencing Marine Reserves has been adopted in South Australia and will be called Experiencing Marine Sanctuaries (EMS). The lead EMS coordinator is coming to EMR Northland for training this October/November