Marine Reserves

Projects and programmes New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 18 December 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9poD

Marine reserves, just like National Parks, are protected areas along our coastline. They have lots of benefits including keeping the marine ecosystem strong, protecting cultural values, and much more. With 44 Marine Reserves in New Zealand there will be one not far from where you live!

The Kapiti Marine Reserve is famous for its blue moki, kingfish, seals, penguins and dolphins. It was one of New Zealand's first, established in 1992.

This trip is an ideal lead-up to Seaweek 2019 and will let you see first hand how 25 years of protection have allowed the undersea world to flourish. 

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To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • New Zealand's marine reserves
  • Marine food webs
  • Kapiti Marine Reserve
  • New Zealand's ocean biodiversity
  • Marine research
  • Recording living things on the iNaturalistNZ app or Marine Metre Squared (MM2)
  • Ocean scientists, marine biologists and rangers

During this field trip you will:

  • follow tweets from Andrew, the LEARNZ field trip teacher
  • Go on a boat trip around Kapiti Marine Reserve to explore what lives there
  • Look out for seals and dolphins as well as seabirds
  • Go snorkelling to look for "kingies" and other fish
  • Explore the seafloor to see what else lives down there
  • Help marine researchers with data gathering to estimate populations
  • Do some citizen science as you find, catch, identify, classify, record and release living things from the sea
  • Interview and put questions to marine scientists and rangers
  • Get up close to local marine species and observe their special features

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • Find your closest marine reserve and plan a visit
  • Place your own value on New Zealand's marine reserves
  • Investigate study options and careers for students in marine science.

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

19 February 2019 – 21 February 2019

Further information

Contact: Barrie Matthews

 (027) 223 0342