Seaweek resources

People with kayaks and snorkelling.

Snorkel Day at Reotahi Marine Reserve, Whangārei Harbour.

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana

We’ve compiled some links and resources relevant to Seaweek to help you make the most of it, but also great for all year round!

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Coastal litter monitoring in Northland
Get involved to help map and reduce litter in our waterways:

Litter Intelligence 
A long-term programme that collects litter data, provides powerful insights about the problem, and inspires widespread action for solutions. Led by New Zealand charity Sustainable Coastlines, the programme works in close collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation and Statistics New Zealand:

Te Tai Tokerau Debris Monitoring Project (TTTDMP)
Northland Regional Council and NorthTec have created an easy way to report and display litter along Northland’s waterways using the Marine Debris Tracker app.

Follow TTTDMP on Facebook or visit the TTTDMP website

People collection litter Hātea River.

Collecting litter, Hātea River.

Marine pest resources
Useful links to marine pest and native species information

Ministry for the Environment - Marine
Data and facts about the state of New Zealand's marine environment:

Ministry for Primary Industries

Marine | New Zealand marine pest and disease, information and identification: (PDF, 1.8MB)

Fisheries | Information on recreational fishing rules within the Auckland area, which includes Northland:

Marine Meter Squared
Marine Meter Squared Teaching and resources:

Department of Conservation
An education resource to learn how to protect our unique marine environment:

Experiencing Marine Reserves
Guidance on planning a field trip to Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve:

Young Ocean Explorers
Young Ocean Explorers website with videos and quizzes on marine conservation and a teacher’s guide to the resource:

Otago University
Marine Studies Centre resources:

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
NIWA produce detailed identification guides, fact sheets, posters and E-guides related to the coastal marine area: NIWA resources

Department of Conservation
Our estuaries hub – information on estuaries and estuarine restoration:

LINZ tide predictions

Ruakākā Estuary

Monitoring in the Ruakākā Estuary.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
Identification guides and factsheets on various marine invertebrates and flora:

World Register of Marine Species
An authoritative classification and catalogue of marine names:

New Zealand Mollusca
Collection, study and photos of New Zealand mollusca:

Department of Conservation
Information on the endangered New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu:

New Zealand Geographic
Article on the godwits 12000 km non-stop journey from Alaska to New Zealand:

New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
Native plant information and identification:

NZ Birds Online
Native bird information and identification:

Northland Regional Council
Pest Control Hub, your one-stop-shop for Northland biosecurity advice:

The place where you can record what you see in New Zealand nature, meet other nature watchers, and learn about Aotearoa's natural world:

Dotterel on a sand dune.

Dotterel on a sand dune, Ruakākā Estuary.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Bay of Plenty Life’s a beach education resource including lesson plans and videos:

Northland Regional Council
NRC CoastCare information on sand dunes and groups:

Department of Conservation
Information on the importance of sand dunes:

Coastal Restoration Trust
Global sand mining and depletion:

Coastal Restoration Handbook is a series of factsheets on dunes and dune restoration:

Coastal Reference Database allows for easy searching of published and unpublished reports and articles on coastal topics:

Up to the minute information on water quality and swimming conditions at your favourite spots:

People planting sand dunes.

Matapouri North community planting day.

King tides Taitokerau
Witness our everchanging coast and shorelines and become part of history:

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate - Summary for Policymakers:

Providing science needed to adapt to and mitigate climate change:

Ministry for the Environment
Preparing for coastal change factsheet series:

The Deep South National Science Challenge
Information on the National Science Challenge - Deep South, climate change adaptation:

Tidal inundation.

King tide inundation along Riverside Drive, Whangārei.