Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Seaweek 2nd - 9th March

Coastal Otago Programme, 2 - 9 March 2008
SUNDAY 2 MARCH (International Children’s Day)

Surfers – take your child surfing! Or register them for an introductory water safety and surfing lesson with the Esplanade Surf School on (03) 455 8655 or 021 484 141. This lesson is open to children 16 and under but children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Spaces are limited! See over for details.

Demonstrations by the South Coast Boardriders Club will take place from 2.30pm.
St. Clair Surf Rescue will be on patrol all afternoon.

There will be heaps of prizes and displays so don’t miss out! Participants will receive an information pack and will go in the draw to win spot prizes throughout the day! Coastal and marine information from the New Zealand Sea Lion Trust, the Department of Conservation, the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust and other community groups and organisations will be on display.

You must register your child in order for them to take part in the free introductory surf lesson so they may be given a surf time and placed in the appropriate category for their age/size. Register before the day by telephoning the Esplanade Surf School on 021 484 141.
Children who are not participating in the free introductory surf lesson will need to register on the day to collect their free info pack and enter the prize draw, and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will surf with them. Parents, guardians and children who are surfing on their own will be responsible for supplying their own gear. Wetsuits and boards may be hired from the Esplanade Surf School, please enquire on 021 484 141. St. Clair Surf Lifesaving Club will be patrolling on the day.
This event is open to CHILDREN 16 YEARS AND UNDER, however children UNDER 14 YEARS must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Please register or confirm your surf lesson registration at the DOC tent next to the South Coast Boardriders Club and collect your free info pack first so that you may enter the prize draw.
The introductory surf lessons will be dependent on the swell – if unsure please call 021 484 141 or 0272 722 389. All other events will be on rain, hail or shine!

Touch a Shark!
Give your children a different experience on Children's Day. What does it feel like? Come along to the Westpac Aquarium at Portobello on Sunday 2nd March from 2-3pm and find out! You will also be able to see shark eggs and baby sharks! Aquarium entry fee applies.

Join a Seaweek Marine Tour, 2 - 9 March
Take an in-depth look at your local marine environment. Join our Special Seaweek Tour at 10.30am each day of the Westpac Aquarium at Portobello. Guided tour fee applies.

Play the Little Blue Penguin Game, 2 - 9 March
The blue penguin, or korora is the Seaweek 2008 mascot. Find out about the penguins, the threats they face and ways we can help to look after them through an interactive game: Penguin Pathways - Plight of the Little Blue. Play the game when you visit the NZ Marine Studies Centre/Westpac Aquarium during Seaweek and visit our website to download your own copy: www.marine.ac.nz
NZ Marine Studies Centre & Aquarium, Portobello, Dunedin. Open 12-4.30pm every day - Adult $9, Child $4.50, Family $18.00. Daily Guided Tour at 10.30am - Adult $18, Child $9, Family $42.
Phone 479 5826 to book tours or for further information.

TUESDAY 4 MARCH Music 4 Maui
The Hector's and Maui dolphins are the world's rarest marine mammal. Hear about an Otago student's creative campaign to save the Maui dolphins from extinction - by involving prominent NZ musicians! Followed by an update by expert Dr Liz Slooten on the management of Hector's and Maui dolphins. Presented by Students for Environmental Action at Evison Lounge, Clubs and Societies Centre,
84 Albany St from 5:30 – 6:30pm.

WEDNESDAY 5 MARCH Help with Fish Feeding
Come and find out what our sea creatures like to eat, and perhaps help to feed a shark or an octopus! Fish Feeding every Wednesday & Saturday from 2-3pm at Westpac Aquarium at Portobello.
Aquarium entry fee applies.

SATURDAY 8 MARCH Extreme Make-over – Penguin Style!
St Kilda Marine Environment Trust is proud to invite you to give the korora (blue penguin) a helping hand by helping erect some sturdy, cosy nest boxes for a local breeding area at Smaills Beach. The trust is providing finance for 15 nest boxes. We need you to help us build them and bury them into the hillside. Meet at Tomahawk Beach Care Nursery (turn right off Southdale Rd, Smaills Beach) at 2pm. Timber for the nest boxes will be pre-cut and the boxes ready to assemble. Once assembled we will carry them a short way to the nesting site and site them securely into the slope. Please bring a spade and/or grubber and a hammer. Afterwards there will be sausage sizzle at the Plant Nursery.

SUNDAY 9 MARCH The Great Dunedin Coastal Cleanup Competition
Be it sandy beach, rocky shore, harbour, saltmarsh or estuary; DOC and DCC invite you to celebrate Seaweek 2008 by giving the Dunedin coast, from Waikouaiti to Taieri Mouth, an autumn cleanup! Free sacks and gloves can be collected from DCC and DOC offices or from the Farmers’ Market prior to Sunday. While searching out inorganic rubbish you might come across some special jetsam – painted with a blue penguin. Bring this and your collected rubbish to Hancock Park, St Kilda, between 12.30 and 2.30pm to receive your reward and go into the draw for the main prize (drawn after 3pm). Special guests will award a heap of prizes, there’ll be a free sausage sizzle, displays, face-painting and More FM on site. Make your coastal cleanup a family affair! Call into DOC or DCC for more information.
SPONSORED BY: St Kilda Marine Environment Trust, Elm Wildlife Tours, Royal Albatross Centre, Rialto Cinema, University Book Shop, Bivouac, Cadburys, Dive Otago, Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours, Westpac Aquarium, Nature Discoveries, Whitcoulls, Cerebos Gregg’s, More FM.

Check with your local community group to see who is collecting rubbish near you –
Broad Bay Shore Clean Up
Join your family, friends and neighbours to clean up the shore area from Pineapple Rock to Grassy Point from 9am to 11.30 am. Collect bags and gloves from Broad Bay Community Centre at 9am.
Bring your beach rubbish back to Broad Bay Community Centre for disposal. PRIZES! FREE DRAW! REFRESHMENTS!
Portobello Peninsula Shore Cleanup
Save The Otago Peninsula Trust will be cleaning up the Portobello shoreline from 10am to 12 noon - Meet by the beach behind the Portobello shop. Bring gloves, bags provided.

There are a variety of programmes available for primary and secondary schools with core curriculum links. See www.marine.ac.nz/educ.htm for details. Contact our marine educators at marine-studies@otago.ac.nz to organise a visit.
Contact Jenny Upton if you’d like her to visit your school with her Hector’s Dolphin Van to talk about her research into Hector’s dolphins - grimwoods@hotmail.com - ph (03)465 8318 http://dolphinsdownsouth.wikispaces.com

Paige Hareb, currently ranked No2 Junior Women's Pro Surfer in the world keeps a blog on http://www.stuff.co.nz/blogs/paigehareb. Check it out. Paige is Taranaki-based and the voice for Seaweek 2008



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