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Seaweek resources

Seaweek is New Zealand’s annual national week about the sea. It is hosted by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education and includes a wide range of events, activities, competitions and opportunities for action.

The theme for Seaweek 2016 is Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People. It will run from Saturday 27 February to Sunday 6 March.

With 75% of New Zealanders living within 10 km of the coast, marine science need not be limited to just 1 week. Following is a sample of the Hub’s marine resources. Use the Related Content links on each page to get the full story.

Below is a selection of unit plans and other teacher support materials that we have grouped under possible teaching topics.

Healthy Seas – Healthy People

Kaimoana in the Hauraki Gulf

Iwi and kaimoana

Monitoring shellfish

Restoring mauri after the Rena disaster

Toxins and food webs

Video: Testing for toxins in kaimoana

Interactive: Bioaccumulation in the sea

Student activity: Tracking toxins

Human impacts on the sea

Human impacts on the Bay of Plenty

Human impacts on marine environments

Sustainable Seas Challenge

Video: Farmland run-off into estuaries

Video: Our role in ocean acidification

Video: Precision Seafood Harvesting – Changing the Way New Zealand Fishes

Timeline: Fisheries in New Zealand

Student activity: Nutrient impact experiment

Student activity: Fisheries role-play

Habitats and ecosystems

Marine habitats

Habitats in the Bay of Plenty

Life on a reef

Antarctic marine ecosystem

Adapting to marine habitats

Young Ocean Explorers episode topics: harbours, kelp

Interactive: Marine ecosystem

Interactive: Home for a crab

Student activity: Where do I live?

Student activity: Estuary metaphors

Sea creatures

Noisy kina

Crabs finding home




Sea stars


Young Ocean Explorers episode topics: rays, crayfish, orcas, triplefins, Sandager’s wrasse, dolphins, kelp, turtles and sharks

Interactive: Sea star

The ocean’s chemical and physical processes

Ocean salinity

Ocean temperature

Ocean density

Ocean dissolved gases

Ocean motion

Student activity: Floating eggs

Student activity: Investigating sea water

Student activity: Water temperature

The ocean and climate change

Carbon dioxide in the ocean

The ocean and the carbon cycle

Video: Southern Ocean carbon sink

Timeline: The Ocean in Action

Student activity: Ocean acidification and eggshells

Teacher resource: Teachers learning and planning together

Ecosystem services


Video: Revive our Gulf

Video: Mussels filtering water

Teacher support materials

Online professional development

Video: Seaweek 2016

Download (MP4, 215 MB)

Seaweek 2016 Toiora te Moana - Toiora te Tangata - Healthy Seas, Healthy People (archived PD session)

SLH resources for Seaweek 2015 (archived PD session)

Unit plans

Topic planners: Marine resources – food webs, adaptation, marine habitats, marine biodiversity

Education research and classroom experiences

Adapting SLH activities: providing another context

Supplementing SLH activities with other artefacts

Video: They’ll have it now (exploring ocean water salinity and density)

Useful links

Visit the Seaweek website to find local events, competitions and more
http://seaweek.org.nz external link

Visit the Biotech Learning Hub to learn about green-lipped mussels
http://biotechlearn.org.nz/focus_stories/farming_green_lipped_mussels external link

Visit the Hub’s marine resources bucket in Pond
www.pond.co.nz/detail/704362/marine-science external link