Experiencing Marine Reserves – Wellington 2012
Zoe Studd is the EMR Coordinator for the Wellington region.
Zoe shows a kina to students in Worser Bay, our unprotected snorkel site.
We are in our fifth year of the EMR programme in Wellington. This year the schools involved were:
Island Bay School – EMR Taputeranga Marine Monitoring Programme. Yr 6 class.
Island Bay School has been involved with the EMR programme for the last 4 years and have been taking part in collecting long term data about the changes in the Marine Reserve. Over the years, students from Island Bay school have produced films about the Marine Reserve, created Seed to Sea envelopes to help encourage waterway planting, and continue to be avid supporters of the Taputeranga Marine Reserve.
Students from Island Bay School, with Wendy Barry (WWF) and their teacher Kendra Taurua with signs showing their support for the Taputeranga Marine Reserve.
Houghton Valley School - EMR Taputeranga Marine Monitoring Programme. Yr 6 class. Houghton Valley School has been taking part in the EMR programme since it began in Wellington in 2007. They were the first and only school in our first year and have continued to be enthusiastic participants in the programme and supporters of marine reserves. They are also an EMR monitoring school.
Students from Houghton Valley School collecting data in the Taputeranga Marine Reserve with EMR volunteer Grant Gilbert.
Berhampore School – Full EMR Programme. 2 classes. Yr 5 & 6.
Berhampore School has been taking part in the programme since 2010. Check out some of the beautiful artwork that was created by EMR students in 2011.
Artwork from students at Berhampore School
Students from Berhampore School entering the water at the unprotected snorkel site. After this snorkel students visit the Taputeranga Marine Reserve and are able to see the difference marine protection can make.
Miramar South School. Full EMR Programme. 2 classes – Yr 5.6 and Yr 7/8.
This is the first year Miramar South School has taken part in the programme and for many of the students this was the first time they had been snorkelling- let alone inside of a marine reserve. Their confidence to give it a go has been impressive and they have had a lot of fun too.
Students from Miramar South School, and EMR volunteers, at Taputeranga Marine Reserve.
St Anne Schools. Full EMR programme. Year 5/6 class
This is the first year that St Annes School have taken part. Visits to the school have shown a senior school turned into an underwater kelp forest. Students have also created fabulous power-point slideshows and original songs that they have been sharing with their community.
Students snorkelling at Taputeranga Marine
Artwork at St Annes School.
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Wellington EMR at Kapiti Island Marine Reserve
Wellington Term 4 2006
Hataitai School pupils take action for their marine environment
Murals, a puzzle book, power point presentations and a comedy were among methods devised by Hataitai School students to convey marine conservation messages.
More marine reserves and cessation of whaling were sought by students who learnt to snorkel, researched oil spills, probed the issue of overfishing and invited a fisheries officer to talk to them about his role as part of the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme, conducted at the school in Term 4 last year by volunteer educators Cat Jones and Emily Danby.
Experiencing Marine Reserves - Wellington Term 1 2006
Houghton Valley School