Looking ahead to SeaWeek 201622/09/2015
‘Healthy seas, healthy people’ is the theme of the next Seaweek celebration.
‘Toiora te moana, toiora te tangata’ translates to ‘Healthy seas, healthy people’, and is the tagline for next year’s Seaweek, which will be marking its 25th anniversary.
The New Zealand Association for Environment Education (NZAEE) has announced the dates for its event Seaweek for 2016, which is observed across New Zealand with a wide range of public events, activities and celebrations.
NZAEE Seaweek 2016 will take place from Saturday 27 February to Sunday 6 March 2016.
The theme highlights our many connections with the sea and calls on Kiwis from all walks of life to celebrate Tangaroa's realm, recognise the enormous contribution that our beaches, seas and coasts make to our health and wellbeing, and do our bit to keep our coastline and seas healthy for all. We all contribute to taking care of our oceans.
NZAEE board member and Seaweek programme manager Pam Crisp says the events’ supporters recognise the educational benefits of having an annual week to promote all things marine-related, with schools and communities getting involved all over the country.
“We 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,” she says.
Seaweek 2016 will provide more great opportunities to get children involved in citizen science and there will be preparation workshops for teachers organised in November in Auckland.
The Marine Metre Squared (MM2) project, overseen by the New Zealand 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.
More information on both initiatives is on our website at www.seaweek.org.nz