We are so excited to feature on this months edition of the New Zealand Dive magazine Dive Pacific!
Marine kaitiaki guardians from the Far North to Otago are rewarded with Poor Knights snorkel experience!
The 17th annual EMR Poor Knights competition trip took place on Friday the 18th May. 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 Otago.
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
Marine kaitiaki guardians from the Far North to Otago are rewarded with Poor Knights snorkel experience.
If you attended one of our Community Guided Snorkel Days, guided snorkel experiences or partcipated in the full EMR programme in any of our operational regions - your eligable to enter our competition! See the criteria here
The purpose is to provide an inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation. Usually held in April, in Northland every second year and other parts of NZ every other year. Our theme changes each wananga. Out 2019 wananga will be held on Friday 26th April – Sunday 28th April 2019 in the Far North, Te Tai Tokerau, Waimanoni Marae. The theme is “He Wai Rangitira”
Defines or denotes the underlying ancestral, spiritual, strategic and economic significance of the water to us as a people and/or as a partnership with papatuanuku. We will explore these values and find ways to form stronger partnerships and collaborations for common goals and aspirations.
An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested
in freshwater and marine conservation.
• provide a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for
sustainability initiatives and projects around science communication
• provide opportunities for our volunteers to develop
• 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 He Wai Rangatira for conservation and education
• empower community to make changes for the benefit of the marine and freshwater environment
• benefit the Kaitaia community
Wānanga registration will include
• powhiri at 11am on Friday 26th April
• marine & freshwater keynote presentations from Fred Lichtwark (Whaingaroa Harbour Care) and
Tom Trnski (Auckland Museum)
• inspirational presentations from five iwi representatives on current enviro programmes
• fresh wholesome meals and marae accommodation over the 3 day conference- wānanga
• idyllic scenery of the Far North
• marine and freshwater field trips including local conservation initiatives and attractions
• 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
• Invite extended to wider community to attend keynote presentations for gold coin koha
• an additional 1.5 days of specialist training workshops for Experiencing Marine Reserves &
Whitebait Connection coordinators after the wānanga (Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th April)
Previous wānanga video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1eprXd-GyM
Charity dinner tickets are on sale now!! https://www.emr.org.nz/index.php/shop/product/34-emr-charity-dinner-ticket
Auction Items -
Flying fish print by Edin Whitehead
Beauty pack by Snowberry
A1 prints by Seacology
Quality wetsuit by Wettie
Framed photograph by Darryl Torckler
Puriri tree packs by He Kakano
Mountains to Sea cake
Raffle Items -
Shark cage snorkel at Kelly Tarltons
Family Zoo pass by Auckland Zoo
Family snorkel pass by Dive Tutukaka
Car service by Midas Whangarei
Physiotherapy pack by University Physiotherapy (Auckland)
Box of Choc Fish from the Choc Fish Co
Please join EMR in supporting the hugely successful Ngati Kuta and Patukeha led environmental protection of Maunganui Bay (Deep Water Cove).
The existing rahui has protected marine life in Maunganui Bay since 2010. However, it is due to expire on 29 October 2018. The hapu's request to Fisheries NZ (MPI) will extend the existing rahui for a further 2 years. EMR has snorkelled in this Rahui and it is awesome and we would love to see the protection continued
Follow this link for a easy and simple submission https://fishforever.org.nz/rahui.html