Inspiring day for Kaiako at Marine Pests workshop

Woman gathering species samples from the harbour.

A beautiful day for a Marine Pests' Workshop at Onerahi.

Towards the end of Term 1, the Northland Regional Council hosted the Marine pests teachers’ workshop at Onerahi Yacht Club.

The kaupapa of the workshop was linked to multiple learning areas and aimed to help schools and early childhood centres develop real life science capabilities in their students.

Teachers, from as far north as Horeke, took part in hands-on activities relating to marine pests impacting the marine environment and climate change.

On the beach, Marine Biosecurity team members taught participants how to monitor for marine pests using the Marine Metre Squared method. This concept helps bring the seashore to the classroom by identifying species in a metre squared radius.

In small groups, the teachers looked at marine pest pathways which meant playing the marine invaders card game and participating in the NIWA designed ‘Sea level rise serious game’ which the Ministry of Primary Industries hosted.

Not only did the weather turn it on, but the yacht club provided a perfect viewpoint to watch a passing pod of over 40 dolphins making their way through the Whangārei harbour – a truly magical experience!

Following the workshop, the NRC Education team has been delighted to receive feedback from teachers who attended. Highlights for many included feeling inspired to share knowledge with tamariki as well as enjoying connecting with other educators.