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Learn about Marine Reserves

 WSR2018Resources to learn more about New Zealand's marine reserve network.

The late Dr Bill Ballantine was a marine conservation legend, and was influential in the establishment of New Zealand’s first marine reserve at Goat Island, Leigh. Bill wrote educational material that clearly outlines the principals of marine reserves.


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 D8A0416An opportunity to promote and advertise your business, while supporting Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) at the same time!

EMR is a programme of the non-profit charitable Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust. EMR provides quality first-hand marine education experiences and initiatives to schools and communities, through our programmes in schools and our community guided snorkelling events. The aim of the EMR programme is to raise awareness, understanding and involvement in marine conservation.

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Our code of care for the Sea

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  • Get connected with the marine environment - go snorkelling with your whanau!
  • Experience a marine reserve!
  • Support our marine reserves - spread the word in your community!

Internships and volunteers

ryan mahurangiEMR offers a number of volunteering opportunities and internship programmes (subject to your suitability to our needs). Our preferred season is from October to Mid December and Mid January to May for a period of 1 month (but is open to longer periods on case by case basis). Interns would be responsible for organising their own accomodation.  Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re interested. 

We also run a series of free snorkel days in the weekends which we need volunteer guides for as well as help needed for our school events. We provide your training and for the community days we usually assist with transport costs as well as providing lunch. If you are interested please register here:  Let us know which events you are interested in here: 

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