Sustainable Seas: Essential for NZ's Health and Wealth

Projects and programmes New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 10 January 2020
Notice reference #: 1HA4U9

Join us during Seaweek 2020 to celebrate our connection with the sea and investigate the health of our marine environment. Your students will explore the many uses of marine areas and how we can better manage the human impacts on these valuable ecosystems. Students will identify different species living in Ōhiwa Harbour and explore the relationship between sea stars and mussels. They will touch a sea star, describe its physical characteristics and investigate its adaptations. Students will also take a closer look at mussels to discover what role they play in this ecosystem and how people are changing this environment.

During this field trip you will:

  • Follow tweets from Shelley the LEARNZ field trip teacher
  • Travel to Ōhiwa Harbour in the Bay of Plenty
  • Talk to local kaitiaki who are combining mātauranga Māori and western science to understand human impacts on Ōhiwa Harbour and help restore this ecosystem
  • Take a boat ride with researchers
  • Help collect mussels and sea stars for analysis
  • Investigate the role of mussels – a taonga species
  • Work with scientists to design experiments
  • Use instruments and technology to measure our marine environment
  • Fly a drone to monitor a coastal area
  • Explore kaitiakitanga in the marine environment
  • Investigate marine ecosystem services such as providing food, and removing pollutants
  • Meet and question researchers involved in the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge
  • Follow what's happening on the website and on twitter at #learnztrip.

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

03 March 2020 – 05 March 2020

Further information

Contact: Barrie Matthews

 (027) 223 0342