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Come and discover a ‘mud-delicious watery-wonderland’ with a free family fun day at Duvauchelle showground, Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, Sunday 6 March.

Come and discover a ‘mud-delicious watery-wonderland’ with a free family fun day at Duvauchelle showground, Banks Peninsula, Sunday 6 March.

“We’re offering a true sensory Seaweek experience complete with mucky mud and stinky seaweed,” says Debbie Eddington, Canterbury’s Seaweek co-ordinator and educator for Environment Canterbury (ECan).

Exploring a mud-delicious seaside world. Photo: S Mankelow.
Exploring a mud-delicious world for Seaweek

“And we expect everyone that joins us – mums and dads as well as the kids – to get stuck in and get their hands dirty!”

“It’s a joint agency event with loads of interesting activities to do around the theme of ‘Back to the Future - the culture, history and traditions of the sea - kia kaha tangata moana.’”

ECan educators will be exploring what lives in the mudflats and demonstrating water sampling, local rūnanga will be sharing cultural sea stories, and DOC rangers will be running interactive games to discover what seals eat.

DOC educator Phillipa Gardner is a Banks Peninsula local and is keen to share her love for special seaside places like Duvauchelle with others.

“Fur seals, or kekeno, are one of the few marine animals that we get the chance to see in the wild. We’ll be learning all about these amazing creatures in an active way – using balls and other props – so it’s going to be lots of fun!”

The day’s activities will run from 10.30 am–2.30 pm and a BBQ lunch will be provided. Bookings are essential. Contact: Debbie Eddington, Environment Canterbury +64 3 687 7813; Email: debbie.eddington@ecan.govt.nz

Seaweek is an annual, national celebration of the sea coordinated by the New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE).

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