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Voting Opens for Seaweek 2016 Ocean Champion

Voting Opens for Seaweek 2016 Ocean Champion


NZAEE Seaweek has opened voting to find the Seaweek “Ocean Champion” for 2016. Voting will run from 1-26 February. Visit the Seaweek website at seaweek.org.nz 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.


Seven nominations were received this year. Featured on the Seaweek website, they 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 2016 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 their abundant marine life. The nominations we have received this year show that people do recognise how important this work is, and how special the people are who go the extra mile to protect the ocean for all of us.”


The theme for this year’s Seaweek, which runs from Saturday 27 February to Sunday 6 March 2016, is “Toiora te Moana - Toiora te Tangata, Healthy Seas - Healthy People”.


“Events are starting to flood in for Seaweek 2016. We are listing these on the website at seaweek.org.nz as we receive them, so check regularly to see what’s happening in your area.”


The Seaweek team would love to hear what events your family, school or group is planning to explore this year’s theme, “Toiora te Moana - Toiora te Tangata, Healthy Seas - Healthy People” and help you with publicity and resources. Please let the National Coordinator, Mels Barton know your ideas and plans: mels@subliminal.co.nz


Free Seaweek posters and children’s certificates provided by sponsor DSP Print Group Ltd have arrived and are available free for collection from the locations listed on the Seaweek website at http://seaweek.org.nz/order-posters/ from 1 February while stocks last.


Seaweek 2016 is supported by Foundation North (formerly ASB Community Trust), Department of Conservation, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand Marine Studies Centre (Otago University), Environment Canterbury Regional Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, The National Aquarium - Napier City Council, DSP Print Group Ltd, New Zealand Coastal Society and many local sponsors.

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