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 https://fishoftheday.tv/ 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.

Tutukaka Twilight Markets

Tutukaka Twilight Markets has gifted the Trust a stall on the Tutukaka Green for their Saturday afternoon markets. Come and see what the SeaBin has collected; check out Glenn’s books for sale – The Ocean is Alive, Poor Knights Wonderland, Humpback Whales of the South West Pacific – we also have only 2 canvas prints left of the Humpbacks in Tonga….

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This is a great opportunity to get our message out there and engage with interested people.

Pippa Benton will be there to explain the SeaBin Project to you. She’s well qualified to do this as she won a National Science Award in 2018 for her project on the SeaBin!

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Matapouri Gala Day

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The Trust was fortunate to have a stall at the Matapouri Gala day on 2 Jan and we met some lovely people who care about the health of the Ocean. It was particularly inspiring to meet enthusiastic youngsters who are translating their passionate caring into action.

We had the rubbish collected by the Tutukaka Marina SeaBin on display – all sorted into separate containers. It’s not the solution, but it still helps to make a difference.
Any rubbish on land or in the Ocean is only a reflection of our carelessness and disrespect for our incredibly beautiful life support system – Mother Ocean Earth.

Hauora Moana at Reotahi Marine Reserve

Reotahi Day.jpgGlenn was invited by Northland Regional Council (NRC) to present Ocean Spirit’s Hauora Moana Community Monitoring Initiative at the Motukaroro Reotahi Marine Reserve in Whangarei Harbour this week.

It was a really beautiful day and the qualitative survey technique was very well received by the participants who included: North Tec’s Environmental Management Diploma and Applied Science degree students, NRC employees, Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board and Samara from Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR).

Tipaka Moana – The Hauraki Gulf Oceans Lab

“Nothing for Mother nature without Mother Nature.”

Four days, 28 incredible people and a journey of spiritual enlightenment! Wow! We are very blessed to be a part of this incredible group on Rotoroa Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

We shared our Hauora Moana Community Monitoring Initiative with the group – plunging into 17C water to feel the qualities of the moana and hear her voice. The experience fitted in perfectly with the week’s journey, connecting us all to the mauri of the gulf.

This is an on-going journey that we’re sharing with this group, facilitated by a highly skilled team from The Spirit Lab! Many insights, learnings, words of wisdom and transformation. We are privileged to be part of this journey of Life, in which we’re all participants, with the freedom to experiment ways of being that bring more love, compassion and service into the world

Heartfelt thanks to:

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Ngāti Pāoa mana whenua of Rotoroa Island, to all of those who have gone before us, those that we have learnt from.

Foundation North for your partnership

Experiencing Marine Reserves – EMR – for your health & safety, equipment and enthusiasm!

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari for the 5 plans you had to come up with and hours you spent waiting so that we could get off the island when the wind blew a hooley and we had to do a boat to boat transfer!

Kiran Patel – Filmmaker for your wonderful videography and photography

Fabian and Shaun for the incredibly delicious kai

And most of all to Tīkapa Moana for her welcome, wisdom and resilience.

World Whale Conference

 

We were thrilled to be able to present at the 2019 World Whale Conference in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

Hosted by The World Cetacean Alliance and Fraser Coast Tourism, the conference brought together cetacean scientists, conservationists and whale tourism operators from all over the world to share their knowledge and passion for our cetacean kin.

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It was a richly nourishing week making wonderful connections, sharing stories, experiences and ideas. We feel incredibly blessed to have been able to contribute to this global gathering of cetacean lovers!

Deep Time Walk

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For the very 1st time in Aotearoa NZ, 10 willing participants journeyed through the 4.6 billion years of our planet’s history to the present day, learning about key evolutionary events as they walked round the Hatea Loop in Whangarei on 25th September.

The Hatea Loop is the perfect length with 1m being equal to 1 million years. Starting in the Town Basin we walked 4.6km through 4.6 billion years of Earth history. At 24 pre-determined stops we heard about key events from Earth’s evolution and experienced an extremely powerful moment towards the end when our place in time is thrown into perspective. Without giving too much away… it was down to a ruler measurement at the end….

The effect of the Deep Time Walk is extremely transformative and brings home to us the impact our behaviour is having on Life.

This event was organised to coincide with the biggest coordinated set of Deep Time Walks in the world as part of Global Climate Strike week.

A big THANK YOU to everyone that bravely joined us on an adventure they knew nothing about!

Visit The Deep Time Walk https://www.deeptimewalk.org/ for more information.
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The Deep Time Walk is a very poignant reminder of just how incredible our existence is and provides an essential context to our current human induced climate crisis.

The walk puts into context humanity’s rich ancestral heritage and gives an insight into the inter-connectedness of life. It helps us comprehend Deep Time – the vast age of our Earth – and explores the destructive impact our species is having on the integral functioning of our living world. Deep Time provides “a radical perspective, provoking action not apathy … [it] is the catalysing context of intergenerational justice; it is what frames the inspiring activism of Greta Thunberg and the school climate-strikers, and the Sunrise campaigners pushing for a Green New Deal in America.”

A deep-time perspective requires us to consider not only how we will imagine the future, but how the future will imagine us.

25 Sept 1It provokes me to ask the question: “What sort of future are you living into being…?”