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EMR Northland

otaika valleyThe Experiencing Marine Reserves programme concept came to life in Northland in 2001. "We wanted to capture the look on the students faces when they came face to face with a large snapper inside the marine reserve in a education programme" EMR was founded by Samara Nicholas and was first piloted in 2002. The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust (MTSCT) was established in 2002, as a charitable umbrella and support organisation for the EMR and the Whitebait Connection (WBC), our freshwater sister education programme. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


“It is great to know that there are lots of people out there teaching us how to care for the colorful sea creatures in the ocean, when I am older I want to be a snorkeler like you, I cannot wait!”– Kerikeri Primary 05/04/16

"Harriet, it is great to know you will be there to help the ocean. But I know you can’t do it on your own. That is why I might be a snorkeller with you Harriet, because the ocean is magical. Harriet you have inspired me" - Student fan mail from Kerikeri Primary

School Stories

Dargaville Intermediate 2016

The students of Dargaville Intermediate learned the importance of endemic and endangers species, pollution and recycling and marine reserves. The
students got together in small groups creating individual projects.

  • A swimathon - fundraiser for Turtle tracking and rehabilitation
  • A Bake sale, movie raffle and inter tackle rugby games, fund-raised for Maui Dolphin
  • Sausage sizzles raised money for the Poor Knights Marine reserve
  • A Bayleys beach clean up day
  • Local community surveys to establish two bins for waste and recycling at Bayleys
  • Pollution posters in local shops spreading awareness around Dargaville town
  • A Recycling project, showing students how the can reduce, reuse and recycle rubbish.

Kamo Intermediate 2016

61 action projects from 4 classes. Projects included; speeches to staff about fishing, presentations to other schools about the importance of marine reserves, presentations to local marae, a large painted banner on display in another school supporting no take areas, printed corflute roadside signs en-route to Tutukaka supporting the protection of marine reserves, marine protection themed t-shirt designs, booklets, posters, pamphlets, children’s story books, and letters to
the editor.

Kerikeri Primary School 2016

Action projects were shared/on display at their  Matariki celebration night where an estimated 350 community members attended.

Foundation North made a great clip about EMR's work with the Kerikeri Community through EMR

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