Date: 02 March 2009
In New Zealand the ocean is our front lawn and our back yard and we all influence it for better or for worse. From March 1st to 8th, Manawatu residents can get up close with the coastal environment, indoors and out.
Seaweek is an annual, week long celebration of New Zealand’s marine environment, and offers people from all walks of life the chance to revel in the beauty, diversity and significance of our coast. “There is something for everyone in this year’s Sea Week events,” says Department of Conservation community relations manager Margaret Metcalfe.
For those who enjoy the outdoors, Forest & Bird are leading a Sea Walk at Foxton Beach on Wednesday 4th March. Join Geoff Monk at 10am for a stroll through the estuary and dunes, with local bird and dune experts sharing their wisdom.
When the weather isn’t so good, you can still participate in Seaweek and stay warm and dry. Work inspired by the coastline from local artists will be exhibited at the Palmerston North City Library from Thursday 26th February until Sunday 8th March. “If you haven’t been to the library for a while, this is a great reason to head in there,” advises Ms Metcalfe.
If you want to treat yourself to a little bit of luxury, Cinema Gold are running a week long Seaweek Film Season in cinema two. Sit back and enjoy the comfort and facilities on offer, and let yourself be challenged and inspired by ‘Death on the Beach’, a New Zealand film which explores the many facets of human responses to whale strandings, and ‘Dangerous Catch’, a National Geographic production that takes a look at how a series of strange and seemingly unrelated events on land correlate to the human impact on marine life.
Those looking for something more interactive are invited to a film and discussion evening at the Manawatu Marine Boat Club in Foxton. Guests from the Department of Conservation Marine Conservation Unit, the Ministry of Fisheries and Go Deep Scuba will join club members and other visitors to watch a couple of marine films and engage in some friendly debate.
In the Manawatu, we are lucky enough to live within close proximity of a unique coastline. Seaweek calls for each and every one of us to take responsibility for the seas around us – ‘One Ocean, It Starts With Me’. DOC’s National Campaign Manager, Anastasia Turnball, asks everybody to take the opportunity to celebrate and learn more about our marine environment. “There are great events and activities taking place right around the country, and we’d love to see all New Zealanders out there taking part.”