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Action projects

letter politicianAfter experiencing their local marine environment and the fully protected marine reserve, participants are encouraged to lead action projects and become kaitiaki of their marine environment. 

Over the years students have been involved in a range of action projects to promote marine conservation, from writing letters to their local authorities and Members of Parliament, presentations in front of assembly and public events, investigating where marine protected areas would go, supporting marine reserve proposal groups and addressing local issues in their community such as sand dune erosion.

The action component of the EMR programme is an essential factor in the students learning process and one which helps us to assess the effectiveness of the programme at meeting the projected learning and conservation outcomes. By encouraging students to undertake action, which is based on their own experience, EMR aims to empower students and encourage support for marine conservation.

Students become kaitiaki of the sea and together they make a difference!

Download Programme Action Ideas flier here

EMR Kaitiaki Action examples:

Mahurangi College

Created some great action projects over the years. Here is a video produced by Ryan Torckler and Trace Savage. It was a standout project which has made a brilliant job of introducing a proposal to the community for the Mokihinau Islands situated in the Hauraki Gulf off the coast of Warkworth noth of Auckland.

Back in 2013,  for an EMR action project Riley Hathaway created a video clip about seaturtles and interviewed Dan Godoy. This project was the catalyst for  Young Ocean Exploreers !

Hurupaki School - They participated in 2018, every student created great marine awarness projects, from and informative videos to games and picture books (103 of them!) Check out Addisons marine reserve virtual tour

Dargaville Intermediate enaged in a variety of action projects and a summary was printed in the media 

In Coromandel, Whenuakite student Chloe Burn organised a information evening about marine reserves and reducing plastic and raisied $2500 for the EMR locally, so another local  school could also have the same experience, with approximately 50 guests. A great article was published about Chloe in a magazine read the article here


The article above was from the Mercury Bay Informer on the 28th March 2018.

In 2018 Kamo Intermediate students made this great little clip about thier marine reserve 


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