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In New Zealand, when we talk of no-take zones in the sea we really mean
marine reserves, set up under the Marine Reserves Act 1971. Although there
are a few other ways of achieving full protection, the Marine Reserves Act is
the specific piece of legislation designed for this purpose. It does have some
short-comings, however, and to correct some of these a new Marine Reserves
Bill has been prepared, but has been languishing in the storage cupboards of
Parliament with no action for more than ten years.
The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust are hosting their annual National Marine and Freshwater Education Wānanga Conference this Saturday 11th – Monday 13th April at Whakapaumahara Marae, Whananaki, and Northland.
“The theme this year is ‘HOW To’ for marine and freshwater conservation action and/or education. The purpose of the event is to provide an inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation” said event co-organiser Samara Nicholas.
This year we extend an invite to the community to attend the afternoon/evening keynote presentations at Whakapaumahara marae, Whananaki North Rd, for gold coin koha; including Fred Litchwark, Dan Godoy and Nick Shears (registration for other parts of the conference is essential).
Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) has been working with Mahurangi year 8 students for over 6 years. The EMR programme at Mahurangi college starts with a marine biodiversity and conservation lesson and learning to snorkel in the pool, then during school camp at Leigh, we snorkel in the non-protected area at Matheson’s Bay and comapre what we see with the fully protected no-take marine reserve at Goat Island. Students then come up with action projects to address marine issues and present these ACTION projects at the very well attended EMR and Waicare community showcase ‘Rivers to Sea’ evening
This is where it all started for Riley Hathaway, for her action project where she interviewed turtle expert Dan Godoy.
The national freshwater and marine education conference-wananga was held this year on the Kuratini Marae at Massey University in Wellington (26– 28th April). The conference is an annual event that showcases current and up and coming freshwater and marine action initiatives, with 46 participants this year from the Far North to Dunedin. The theme this year was ‘communicating science for marine and freshwater action!’Continue Reading "National wananga a huge success!"