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Annual Poor Knights Competition Trip

Marine kaitiaki guardians from the Far North to the Deep South rewarded with Poor Knights snorkel experience!20 years emr

The annual EMR competition trip is made up of representative students from each school that that participates in the programme. We now offere the trip to all eight regions where EMR is operating, thanks to sponsorship from Dive! Tutukaka and the Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation.

Since 2002, we have taken representatives  from 351 schools, totalling 500 students on this annual trip! 



Selection criteria 2022

Students were selected based on their action projects undertaken and enthusiasm they show when studying & experiencing the marine environment. The EMR programme involves leaning about marine biodiversity in the classroom, snorkelling in the pool, and investigating the local marine environment before experiencing a marine reserve and taking action with regards to marine conservation in their communities. The national expansion of EMR in the regions is has been supported by  the Tindall Foundation.

“Action projects included removal of invasive seaweed, citizen science fish surveys, shellfish monitoring, wetland restoration, a mufti day and ocean disco fundraiser, presentations to parents, upcycling waste to furniture, murals and marine artwork on a double decker bus” says EMR founder Samara Nicholas.

“This is the main view form our window. We wake up to it every morning- and can finally say we’ve been here. We've been anxious all week to come and we were the first ones waiting at the wharf today. I’ve had such an awesome day with my son, and everyone here. Our Uncles are involved in kaitiaki work and monitoring out on the island and we’re now keen to come out and help with that.” Rob Marsh  (parent/guardian)

The Bobby Stafford-Bush – EMR Ocean Art prize - Read the criteria here
In addition to the opportunity to represent the school or region for the EMR ACTION prize, we introduced a new prize this year, the Bobby Stafford-Bush – EMR Ocean Art prize. The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation supports this special prize for young kiwis that have experienced the marine environment with EMR and display that passion and experience through art.

Watch the 2020., 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 showcases of the event.

Express your interest

2018.12.05 AlfristonCollege GI LD 050060Are you a teacher and think what we do is pretty cool? Are you a parent that wants to get their class snorkelling? Are you a Scout/Guide group that wants to organise a camp? You've come to the right place! 

Check out our Information Pack for Snorkelling at Goat Island here:

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We have both fully funded and casual - user paid options to be involved in our programmes. Express your interest using the form below. 


Information for educators

2019.12.07 TorbaySnorkelDay 09842Kia ora to the teachers part of a full Experiencing Marine Reserves programme!

If you are not yet signed up for a programme you can express your interest here

The key ways EMR supports the curriculum is via Science (Living World - ecology and evolution), Social Science (cultural values of the marine environment, community response to challenges etc) and Health and PE (snorkelling) .We are committed to delivering safe snorkelling excursions and have robust health and safety documentation to match. We provide ALL the snorkel equipment required. We are adventure activity safety audit certified (AAO 534).  You can view our full educators manual here


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