The Ocean Race Summit Agenda

The Ocean Race Summit #2 agenda is out!! ….. and …..Glenn is on just before and just after HSH ALBERT II Sovereign Prince of Monaco…

Wed 27th May 2pm – 6pm (Central European Summer Time)
Thurs 28th 12am – 4am New Zealand time

Livestream with curated elements of the event:
More information and speaker list:…/the-ocean-race-…/02/the-hague


Humberto Tan with Jessica den Outer (Youth Ambassador for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature) and Olivia Swaak-Goldman (Wildlife Justice Commission, The Hague)
Liz Bonnin with Glenn Edney (Ocean Spirit New Zealand) and Dr Daniel Hikuroa (University of Auckland, Earth System Scientist)


Action Lab 1 Winning Strategies
Action Lab 2 Behavioural Science Deep Dive
Action Lab 3 Time: Telling the Story of Oceans under Threat
Action Lab: 4 Nature-based and Ocean Rights
Action Lab 5 Nature inclusive and climate neutral design for the North Sea

The Ocean Race Summit

Ocean Spirit is extremely excited to announce that Glenn is a panellist in the Ocean Race Summit, streaming Live from The Hague on 27 May 2020, 14:00 – 18:15 (Central European Summer Time

The Ocean Race Summits bring together leaders, top experts and other change-makers to share solutions and winning strategies to accelerate the restoration of ocean health, inspired by the spirit of ocean racing. Their goal is to identify solutions and to facilitate meaningful action.

The Summit, ahead of the 2021 – 2022 race, has Glenn in conversation with Dr Daniel Hikuroa – Senior Lecturer and Earth System Scientist at Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland. Together they present the case for “Personification of the Ocean”.

Glenn and Dan are joined on their panel in Session 3, Nature-based Rights, by:
Jessica den Outer – Youth Ambassador for The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
Olivia Swaak-Goldman – Wildlife Justice Commission, The Hague
They will then participate in Action Lab 4.

Other Summit speakers include:
Peter Thomson – United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
Minna Epps – Director of IUCN’s Global Marine and Polar Programme
Dr Wallace J Nichols – author, Blue Mind

The Summit comprises 6 unique Sessions in which the speakers present their cases in an interactive TV show, followed by break-out Action Labs and online networking sessions. Innovation Workshops either side of the Summit make for a three-day focus on protecting our blue planet.

More information and a speaker list can be found here:

You can watch a live-stream featuring curated elements of the event starting at 1400 CEST/0800 EDT on May 27 here:

SeaBin goes back to work!

Level 2 – the SeaBin has been turned back on after 8 weeks!

Like the rest of us, the SeaBin has been in ‘lockdown’. On Friday 15th we were able to start it up again. First, we brushed clean the submerged casing and then dropped in the catch-bag. The power was turned on and off she went!

Three days later we returned to empty the contents. There were a lot of micro-plastics – many in the form of foam pieces <5mm in size; several bits of soft, clear plastic wrapping/bags and the usual cigarette butts. The exciting find was a SEAHORSE! She was healthy and we were able to return her to the marina along with a large number of shrimps, a beautiful flatworm and a baby parore!

The marina water was clearer than we’ve ever seen it – a result of no boat activity. Obviously the sea creatures have been enjoying the peace of the last couple of months as much as we have!

TV Stars!!

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We’re very excited to announce the showing of our Hauora Moana monitoring work with Ngunguru Primary School on Clarke Gayford’s TV show – ‘Fish of the Day’.

Screening at 5.30pm on New Zealand’s TV3, Sunday 16th Feb.

Filmed last spring on the Tutukaka Coast – featuring Ngunguru School Yr6 students monitoring the health of the Ngunguru Estuary using our qualitative survey techniques and Tawhiti Rahi Poor Knights with Dive Tuts!

We’ve not seen a preview so have no idea what it’ll be like!

You can visit the website to view this episode for up to 12 months after it screens

Waitangi Day Rubbish Ambassador

Another successful Waitangi Day as a rubbish ambassador with EcoSolutions!

A dedicated team of volunteers guided the crowd into throwing their waste into these 3 bins – compost, recycling and rubbish. The compost bin was the winner! The majority of food and drink containers were compostable and will be turned into lovely soil by Waipapa Landscapers.
We left the Treaty Grounds looking pretty mint!
My only disappointment was the level of ignorance around what is compostable and how lazy humans can be when it comes to checking which bin to use…. turn my back for 30 seconds, glance into the bins, find food and recycling in the rubbish bin. Also the huge number of plastic water bottles used once then thrown away .. many with precious life-giving water left in them.