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Poor Knights Annual Competition Trip

Thirty two rangatahi and their whanau from all around Aotearoa rewarded with Poor Knights snorkel experience! 

The 19th annual EMR Poor Knights competition trip took place on Friday the 11th December. The trip was organised by Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and made up of representative students from each school that participates in the programme from Northland and Auckland, as well as 2 representatives from the other 6 regions EMR is operating including Taranaki, Coromandel, Gisborne, Wellington, Nelson and Rakiura (Stewart Island). 

Whangateau Snorkel Day - In memory of the late Dr Roger Grace

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We got lucky this weekend with the perfect window of weather for our Whangateau Snorkel Day on Sunday, held in memory of the late Dr Roger Grace. Roger was a founding trustee of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust and spent many hours in the estuary doing his PhD research in 1966, pioneering science by SCUBA diving. Last year the Roger Grace Memorial Fund was created to continue to make waves for marine conservation. Please donate today www.emr.org.nz/roger-grace-fund

78 participants joined us on Sunday to explore the mangrove forests and sandstone reefs of Whangateau harbour. Whilst making our way out to the reef, snorkellers spotted hairy crabs, curious mantis shrimps, filtering anemones and weaving snail highways. After crossing the sandy flats of the harbour the reef started to reveal itself, with draping Neptune's necklace and schools of parore and spotties. On our way back to shore we stopped by the mangroves so we could get up close and personal with these important ocean loving trees. We saw barnacles waving their fronds in mesmerising patterns and marvelled at the cave like structures formed by the trunks and roots of the mangroves.

 

The event provides an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of mangrove forests as fish nurseries and to prevent coastal erosion, while immersing them in the habitat. We also covered the cockle closure and what that marine protection means in relation to water clarity.

Huge thank you to The Bobby Stafford-Bush Foundation for funding this event, to the Whangateau Holiday Park for providing accomodation for the volunteers and crew and of course to our amazing volunteers for guiding many new participants through the wonders of the Whangateau Harbour.

Let's get 10,000 kiwis under the water

Please help us to raise funds for our upcoming adventure activity safety audit accreditation and get 10,000 kiwis under the water!

The Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme started in Taitokerau/Northland in 2001 with the idea of taking local schools to see unprotected marine areas and comparing them to a fully protected marine reserve. Seeing huge Tamure/snapper swimming by in a marine reserve has inspired thousands of kids to take action for the marine environment and exercise kaitiakitanga.

Since 2001, EMR has guided 70928 people through marine reserves and 132478 have been snorkelling with us all over Aotearoa. We offer community guided snorkel day events and school programmes throughout our nine regions.

Now, more than ever, we feel it's important for kiwi kids and their whanau to get out and experience what is under the sea, in their local backyard. We hope to inspire new marine conservation projects and underwater observations, but most importantly we hope that people will fall in love with ‘te moana’, the sea!

 

National Volunteer Week 2020

2020.06.14 MotuManawa LornaDoogan 08915This past summer EMR has been very lucky to have a large team of volunteers around Aotearoa to help us run our community events and school programmes. In the Auckland region alone we had 110 active volunteers who donated 1847 hours of their time. 

World Oceans Day - support the Rahui

The Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) - Te Kura Moana programme is celebrating World Oceans Day!
The Mountains To Sea Conservation Trust (MTSCT)/ EMR are working closely with Te Whanau Moana Me Te Rorohuri hapu to support the Maitai Bay rāhui that was established in late 2017. The rāhui aims to restore marine life, restore the tapu and mana and implement a sustainability plan for future generations. World Ocean Day has marked the beginning of this seasons monitoring (delayed due to Covid 19 and bad weather) of the rāhui.

COVID-19 UPDATE

COVID-19 UPDATE

All delivery and events are  currently postponed until further noitice as we are in ALERT LEVEL 4

The recent global COVID-19 pandemic has shaken our society’s fabric to its core and we are facing huge social and economic challenges as we navigate this new world. Massive behaviour change has been forced upon us and stripped many simple freedoms that were once taken for granted. New Zealanders have shown remarkable resilience and adaptability through this challenging time. Many New Zealand organisations are reflecting on what this means for them moving forward. The Mountains to Sea Conservation trust (MTSCT) is now in a unique position to use this period of retreat to hone our strategies, keep our existing network around NZ strong and be ready to reconnect New Zealanders with nature and community action that builds environmental resilience. The core business of MTSCT is hands-on community engagement in the environment that leads to action for the environment. Obviously this is a huge challenge in the near future now, but we are determined to stick to what we know works and be ready to continue to offer meaningful engagement and conservation action when New Zealanders emerge from this unsettling, but necessary, period of isolation.

New event location - Maunganui Bay (Deep Water Cove)

EMR is pleased to be celebrating Seaweek with a new event location annoucment. Thanks to Fish Forever, Foundation North, the Department of Conservation and Sea Shuttles Experiencing Marine Reserves is able to run our first community guided snorkel day at Maunganui Bay (Deep Water Cove).

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