For SeaWeek 2022 we decided to do something a little different this year (and COVID-19 restriction proof) and distribute a coloring in competition to the schools within the rohe of Ngāti Manuhiri.
What is SeaWeek?
The New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) is a national, non-profit organisation that promotes and supports lifelong learning and encourages behaviour that leads to sustainability for New Zealand/Aotearoa.
Started by the Marine Education Society of Australasia (now part of NZAEE), Seaweek was first held in New Zealand in 1992. Since then, Seaweek has been directed by NZAEE members and volunteers with support from a wide range of individuals, groups, and organisations. And more recently, starting in 2019, Sir Peter Blake Marine Education and Recreation Centre (MERC) has been at the helm managing and organising Seaweek events in Auckland in addition to overseeing national coordination. Seaweek events are diverse and designed to be inclusive of all ages.
From activities and presentations within schools, marine ecosystem field trips and engagements with citizen science - to community beach cleans, kayaking and snorkeling – their hope is to inspire and enable kiwis to take time to connect with the sea.
The Coloring-in Competition
Thanks to the wonderful artist and Ngāti Manuhiri Settlement Trust member, Hokimai-Anahera Rosieur, we were able to give a really cool canvas for the tamariki to work with!
We recieved 100+ entries from very talented young aspiring artists and were blown away with the creativity and care put into each entry.
Our Trustees carefully selected the winners and runners up during a monthly meeting and hand-selected a winner from each school to receive a family pass to Kelly Tarltons as well as some re-useable straws and fruit bags kindly donated by SeaWeek.
Some schools weren't holding in-person assemblies or gatherings so we weren't able to hand-deliver all of our prizes but we did manage to meet with the winners from Warkworth Primary School!
A BIG thank you to everyone who contributed to a successful SeaWeek 2022.