Seaweek’s mission is to inspire New Zealanders to experience, connect with, and celebrate the sea. It is an annual opportunity to learn about the social and environmental responsibility we have; to take care of our seas and get involved in collective actions to promote a healthy marine environment.
Seaweek was first held in New Zealand in 1992, directed by the Marine Education Society of Aotearoa (MESA). Shortly after, the leadership of Seaweek was then passed to the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE). Seaweek events are mostly organised, facilitated and supported by non-profit organisations, volunteers, NZAEE members and volunteers with support from a wide range of individuals, groups, and organisations. Since 2019, Sir Blake Marine Education & Recreation Centre (MERC) has been at the helm as National and Auckland coordinator.
Public events focused on ‘Celebrating Connecting with our Seas’ will be happening all throughout March with a peak of engagements and activities between Saturday 5 March to Sunday 13 March. Events are organised by individuals, community groups and other organisations across New Zealand and will be advertised on the Seaweek website. Each year, Seaweek collaborates with a wide range of groups to organise a variety of opportunities for individuals to immerse themselves in the marine environment and learn about the ocean with events run by partnering organisations across New Zealand.
Look out for an upcoming webinar series Ngā kōrero: Exploring Ocean Kaitiakitanga in Aotearoa New Zealand. The series will be open to everyone interested in listening or participating and will debut on the 30 September 2021. Bi-monthly webinars will continue until the end of July 2022, covering a wide range of marine topics. Further details will be advertised on the Seaweek website!
Seaweek hopes to inspire people to engage with the sea, explore the ocean and develop a real sense of connection to it so all are inspired and empowered to be kaitiaki for its benefit.