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Whananaki School at the Poor Knights

Whananaki School have been partcipating in the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme during term 1, and recently experienced the magical Poor Knights Islands.

Seaweek Ocean Champion Samara Nicholas explains the programme “EMR is about engageing the whole community in marine conservation, Foundation North provided the funding to support the schools participation in EMR”

We started in the classroom with an introduction to marine biodiversity. We then explored the estuary neighbouring Whanananaki School. Our next progression of snorkel experiences was to the the local rocky reef at Otamure Bay, where the students observed some reef fish and kina barrens.

On April 5th we were able to take the entire school (59 students from year 0– 8s) to the Poor Knights thanks to Dive Tutukaka and fundraising from the Whananaki School PTA.

“ It was great to have so much support from the parents and community, as we are relient on their support for adequate and safe ratios ”

"The EMR programme is a wonderful opportunity for all children to acquire knowledge about our marine biodiversity. Our students had a fantastic experience at the Poor Knights." Shaun Tepania (Whananaki School Principal)


"The Poor Knights was so amazing! There was so much to see. It was extraordinary!" Sophie Mander (year 7 student at Whananaki School)

For the final stage of the programme we take action in the community. Whananaki School and EMR will be collaborating with Seacleaners to remove rubbish from our estuary and catchment. The school also has an established native plant nursery and is active in marine survey work using the marine metre square project. Whananaki School won a Canon environmental award last year.

Check out the video here

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Mathesons Bay Relocated

Due to poor weather conditions we are relocating to the beautiful Whangateau Harbour. Registrations will be from 10am to 2pm to match the tide. Park beside the playground past the Whangateau Holiday Park.

2017 Wananga, register now

Early bird registrations will close on the 13th Feb for our Mountains to Sea Wānanga - Conference on Friday 21st April – Sunday 23rd April 2017
Omaha Marae, Leigh, Auckland

Theme “Citizen Science” for marine and freshwater conservation action and education"

Registrations Open for Wananga 2018 Nelson

Mountains to Sea Wānanga Conference 2018
Saturday 21st April – Monday 23rd April 2018
Motueka, Te Awhina Marae, Nelson-Tasman

Theme “Succession” for marine and freshwater conservation action and education"

Check out full programme here
Purpose
An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation.

Objectives
✦ provide a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for sustainability initiatives and projects around science communication
✦ provide professional development opportunities
✦ provide a forum to discuss the effectiveness of existing and potential partnerships that foster action for marine and freshwater conservation
✦ ensure strong delivery of the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection (WBC) concepts around New Zealand
✦ raise the profile and value of succession planning for conservation

Wānanga registration will include
✦ powhiri at 11am on Saturday 21st April
✦ marine & freshwater keynote presentations from Aneika Young, Jane Goodman and more TBC
✦ fresh wholesome meals and marae accommodation over the 3 day conference- wānanga
✦ idyllic scenery of the Abel Tasman National Park
✦ marine and freshwater field trips including local conservation initiatives and attractions such as Te Waikoropupū Springs
✦ an opportunity to share your own project during ‘show n tell’, displays & facilitated workshops
✦ inclusion of local residents, tangata whenua & conservation groups throughout the programme
✦ an additional 1.5 days of specialist training workshops for Experiencing Marine Reserves & Whitebait Connection coordinators prior to the wānanga (Thursday 19th and Friday the 20th of April)
Previous wānanga proceedings http://www.emr.org.nz/index.php/events/55-annual-marine-and-freshwater-wananga-conference

Registrations essential early bird rates: $390 waged professional $290 non waged/student/teacher/not for profit

Follows on from NZAEE conference in Wellington
For more information and registration forms contact
Kim Jones (09) 425 5681 or 027 243 4818 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Check out full programme  here

 

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