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National Aquarium of New Zealand becomes sponsor of Seaweek 2016

The National Aquarium of New Zealand. The New Zealand Association for Environment Education (NZAEE) welcomes three new supporters for 2016 – the National Aquarium of New Zealand (Napier City Council), Greater Wellington Regional Council and Environment Canterbury Regional Council, all of which provide Regional Seaweek Coordinators.

Aquarium Manager Rob Yarrall says it is great to be recognised by Seaweek’s national organisers, particularly as the Aquarium has been a longtime supporter of the aquatic environmental awareness week.

“Along with Hawke’s Bay’s other Seaweek 2016 supporters we’re very much looking forward to planning another round of exciting events,” Rob says.

"Seaweek 2016 will run from Saturday 27 February to Sunday 6 March 2016. It will be Seaweek’s 25th anniversary. The theme will be “Toiora te Moana - Toiora te Tangata - Healthy Seas, Healthy People."

The Seaweek Strategic Planning team decided to revisit the popular and successful Seaweek 2013 theme and use it for the next three years. Analysis of evaluation data from participants and coordinators found this theme was the most easily understood, that people could clearly relate to it and apply it to their daily lives. The Seaweek team will aim to bring on board a different target audience each year until 2018. Next year’s target audience will be pre-schoolers, their families and whanau.

Seaweek 2016 is supported by Foundation North (formerly ASB Community Trust), Department of Conservation, NZ Marine Studies Centre University of Otago, the DSP Print Group Ltd and many local sponsors. The New Zealand Coastal Society will again provide prize money for the winning Seaweek Ocean Champion for 2016.

NZAEE Board Member and Seaweek Programme Manager Pam Crisp says they are delighted that councils around the country are supporting Seaweek by providing regional coordinators who are essential in enabling a rich event programme to be developed for their region.

“It’s wonderful that we are now able to plan early to grow the event and engage more people in this fun and informative week about the sea. Many thanks to our supporters for their continued commitment to Seaweek.”

Later this year, via www.seaweek.org.nz, you will be able to nominate and vote for the 2016 “Ocean Champion” , acknowledging all those individuals, groups and organizations who work so hard to look after our seas and the marine life that lives in them.

Seaweek 2016 will provide more great opportunities to get children involved in citizen science. The ‘Marine Metre Squared’ project, overseen by the NZ Marine Studies Centre, encourages schools, families, communities and iwi to get involved in collecting valuable data and monitoring their local seashore environment.

Data entered into the MM2 website at www.mm2.net.nz is being used to help scientists improve coastal management.

21 September 2015

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