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Seaweek 2017 Sponsors Confirmed

Seaweek 2017 Sponsors Confirmed

The New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) thanks Foundation North for its ongoing support for its flagship event Seaweek

Next year’s Seaweek will take place from Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 March 2017. The theme, “Toiora te Moana - Toiora te Tangata - Healthy Seas, Healthy People”, highlights the enormous contribution our beaches, seas and coasts make to our health and wellbeing, and practical steps we can take to keep our coastline and seas healthy for all.

Foundation North is also funding NZAEE to run the NZ Marine Studies Centre’s citizen science project Marine Metre Squared in the Hauraki Gulf during 2017.

The national citizen science project empowers tangata whenua, schools, families and communities to monitor their local seashore and record changes over time. Data collected through the surveys and entered into the MM2 website at is used to help scientists improve coastal management.

Please contact Seaweek’s National Coordinator Dr Mels Barton if you, your school or community group would like to participate in the Hauraki Gulf MM2 project this year.

Seaweek 2017 is again supported by the Department of Conservation, NZ Marine Studies Centre University of Otago, Greater Wellington Regional Council, The National Aquarium of New Zealand - Napier City Council, Environment Canterbury Regional Council, DSP Print Group Ltd and many local sponsors.

The New Zealand Coastal Society will again sponsor the prize for the winning Seaweek Ocean Champion for 2017.

NZAEE Executive Member and Seaweek Programme Manager, Pam Crisp says:

“Our supporters can see benefit in the educational outcomes we’re achieving from having an annual focus on the issues affecting the oceans and ways that communities and schools can get involved. Foundation North’s continued support enables us to have a diverse events programme in their sponsored regions of Auckland and Northland. We are also delighted that councils and agencies 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 continue 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.”

Seaweek 2017 preparation workshops for teachers and educators will take place in November in Auckland. More information and dates for these events is on our website at

If you are interested in organising an event contact the Seaweek Regional Coordinator for your area to discuss how they can support you. Their contact details are available on the Seaweek website.

The Seaweek team would love to hear what your school or group is doing to explore this year’s theme of “Toiora te Moana - Toiora te Tangata - Healthy Seas, Healthy People” and can help you with publicity and resources. Please let National Coordinator, Mels Barton know your ideas and plans:


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