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Voting Opens for Seaweek 2015 Ocean Champion

1 February 2015

Voting Opens for Seaweek 2015 Ocean Champion

NZAEE Seaweek has opened the voting to find the Seaweek “Ocean Champion” for 2015, which will run from 1-28 February 2015.

Visit the Seaweek website at to vote for your “Ocean Champion” and celebrate all those individuals, groups and organizations who work so hard to look after our seas and the marine life that lives in them.

Nominations have flooded in and the 17 nominees are all featured on the Seaweek website and represent a wonderful mixture of individuals and organisations from children to senior scientists, community organisations, activists and volunteers.

The winner will be announced during Seaweek 2015 and will receive a prize of $500 donated by the New Zealand Coastal Society.

Seaweek National Coordinator Dr Mels Barton says “The Ocean Champion initiative celebrates all those individuals, groups and organizations who work so hard to look after our seas and the marine life that lives in them. It’s been great to receive so many nominations and it just shows that people do recognise how important this work is and how special these people are that go the extra mile to protect the ocean for all of us”

The theme for this year’s Seaweek, which runs from Saturday 28 February to Sunday 8 March 2015, is “Look beneath the surface - Papatai ō roto - Papatai ō raro

“Exciting events are starting to flood in for Seaweek 2015 and we are listing these on the website at as we receive them, so check back regularly to see what’s happening in your area.”

The Seaweek team would love to hear what events your school or group is doing to explore this year’s theme, ‘Look beneath the surface - Papatai ō roto - Papatai ō raro’ and help you with publicity and resources. Please let the National Coordinator, Mels Barton know your ideas and plans:

Free Seaweek posters and children’s certificates provided by sponsor DSP Print Group Ltd have arrived and are available by completing the order form on the Seaweek website at

Seaweek 2015 is supported by ASB Community Trust, Department of Conservation, University of Otago NZ Marine Studies Centre, Auckland Council, DSP Print Group Ltd, New Zealand Coastal Society, Ministry for Primary Industries and many local sponsors.


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