HAURAKI (Coromandel) EMR PROGRAMME
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is a foundation partner of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust, and has supported the development of the EMR programme since inception. The Tindall Foundation now also supports the programme’s national expansion.
From 2007, EMR Hauraki was coordinated by DOC’s Hauraki Area Office for 3 years with support from DOC Head Office ‘seed’ funds. In 2009, the then Hauraki programme manager Joy Mickleson described the EMR programme to be wildly successful. In 2010, an external regional coordinator was sourced and our current external regional coordinator is Greg Pilcher.
For sustainability reasons, to continue EMR into the future The Friends of Te Whanganui A Hei Marine Reserve Trust was identified as EMR Hauraki’s new umbrella organisation. The Trust receives funds through fines incurred by illegal activity in the reserve and through grants and donations. One of the main reasons for setting up the Trust was so that funds could be raised to develop the educational aspect of the reserve with EMR in mind.
Members of the Trust are made up of two representatives appointed by Ngati Hei, one from the Te Whanganui A Hei Marine Reserve Committee and three representatives from the community.
Schools Involved to date:
Mercury Bay Area School (2008)
Mercury Bay Area School (2009)
Colville School (2009)
Tapu School (2009)
Whangamata Area School (2010)
Mercury Bay Area School (2010)
Whangamata Area School (2011)
Links to stories from schools in the Coromandel Region that have completed the EMR programme:
Mercury Bay Area School
These guys aren't for dinner!
swin little fishies swim if you can............
Ranger Becks in one of the awesome kayaks DIVE HQ helped out with
Veronica and Te Aroha checking out the unprotected area
Colville and Tapu kids at the Cathedral Cove carpark
Pairing up for safety
Joy Mickleson doing a great days work
Bridie swimming with the fish!
Ethan duck dives for a closer look