Schools in 2010:
Gisborne Intermediate, Makaraka Primary School, Waikirikiri Kura, Ilminster Intermediate, Te Kainga Whaiora (Health Camp School), New Life Christian School
Schools involved in 2009:
Awapuni School, Riverdale School, Mangapapa School, Te Kainga Whaiora, Te Wharau School, Te Hinetaporo Kohanga Reo.
Local area's investigated included Tatapauri and Kaiti reefs. After marine reserve investigations Awapuni School undertook a Beach Clean-up and investigation into how best to protect and restore their local Kaiti reefs and Riverdale are advocating for toilet facilities at the marine reserve carpark.
Four classes (75 students) year 4 – 6, from Kaiti School visited the marine reserve.
Bad weather cancelled one day, which was re-scheduled for the following day and
another day had been doubled booked with another school. Eventually all students’
snorkelled in the marine reserve and saw koura and kina, and finally completed the
programme they started at the beginning of the year.
The entire school from Whangara, 53 students, aged from year 1 – 6 also successfully
completed the EMR programme they started at the beginning of the year. Biodiversity
workshops in the classroom were delivered again to the students and weather held out
long enough for 2 snorkels. The local snorkel, undertaken on the northern side of Te
Ana o Paikea was a windy and therefore murky day but was good enough practice for
the snorkel the following week at the marine reserve.
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti
Although the whole school (60 students, yr 1 – 10) had attempted a snorkel at the
marine reserve but it was a murky day. Unfortunately the school could not fit in an
appropriate time in the term and so opted for another snorkel at Horoera instead.
They felt this was a good alternative and would try visit the marine reserve another
Gisborne Intermediate School
Five out of nine classes attempted snorkelling on a murky day in term 1, and were
unable to snorkel this term. Teachers assure me the students learnt heaps from their
studies and Gisborne Intermediate are planning to run the full EMR programme
concept next year, in term 1, while undertaking marine studies in school and having a
beach based camp with marine activities at Tatapouri Bay.
Rerekohu Area School
Rerekohu had one intensive week with the full EMR programme. The students’ enjoyed
both snorkel days: the local snorkel day at Horoera, where students practiced
snorkelling and diving down in large teaspoon shaped rock pools; and the day at Te
Tapuwae o Rongokako marine reserve. Students were surprised to see so many
marine creatures with little effort compared with Horoera. The experience the students
had has resulted in more understanding and discussion on having a marine reserve
closer to home for the community in Te Araroa. Rerekohu School Story
Tolaga Bay Area School
This involved the Whare Kura, one class who contacted me at the beginning of the
year to help them with their marine studies while on a wananga at Whangara.
Biodiversity workshops were held in term 1 and they completed the full EMR
programme this season. Everybody enjoyed both snorkel days, especially at Blue
Waters, at the northern end of Tolaga Bay, for the local unprotected snorkel. The
Whare Kura produced excellent individual projects on Rahuitanga.
Marine Reserve Crays