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
EMR coordinator see first-hand, the benefits of the EMR programme. The feedback is amazing but the most
rewarding part is seeing the looks on the faces of the students, whanau and even the teachers as they emerge from their marine reserve experiences. A real buzz is created, even though they are sometimes shivering, they can’t stop speaking about what they saw…this is Education for Sustainability in action!!
Massive thanks to Kerikeri Primary for the fantastic fanmail !
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
Celebrating World Oceans Day - Marine kaitiaki guardians from Kaitaia to Otago are rewarded with Poor Knights snorkel experience!
The annual EMR competition trip is organised by Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and is made up of representative students from each school that that participates in the programme from Northland and Auckland, as well as representatives from eight regions where EMR is operating including Taranaki, Coromandel, Gisborne, Wellington,
Nelson and Otago.
Huge thank you to Blue Mako Seasport for sponsoring this beautiful new safety kayak for the Auckland Region.