Ranger Jaycee Tipene Thomas holding plastic found on the beach

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Introduction

Sea Week is a great opportunity to show your care for local beaches, says DOC Whanganui Community Ranger Jaycee Tipene Thomas.

Date:  27 February 2019

This year Seaweek runs from Saturday 2 March through to Sunday 9 March and Jaycee, as a new member to the DOC team, is excited and keen to roll up her sleeves, share her expertise and knowledge.

Jaycee has joined DOC from Northland where she worked for her Hapu environmental authority, Nga Tirairaka O Ngati Hine. She has a conservation and environmental management background with a degree in Applied Science including a Biodiversity Management major. This has seen her in a variety of learning and teaching opportunities. In addition, she is also on call for stranded marine mammals to assist technically as well as culturally.

"Seaweek is an opportunity to share and raise awareness in and around our marine spaces, I'm looking forward to our upcoming events, including our three one-on-one educational days with schools at our local hotspots" Jaycee says.

"Let's all pull together and spruce up our beaches."

As well as a beach clean-up, a range of other activities are planned with the support of Horizons Regional Council, Whanganui District Council, Progress Castlecliff, Castlecliff NZ and DOC.

Public events and dates:

Saturday 2 March: Castlecliff Beach Spruce up

Horizons Regional Council alongside the Whanganui District Council and Progress Castlecliff Coastal Care invite the community to get involved and do their bit towards improving the beach environment. More FM will also be joining the day with a BBQ, ice blocks and spot prizes for those taking part.

Meeting time and location: 10 am - 12 pm at the Duncan Pavilion, Castlecliff.

What to bring: Clothing for all weather. Sunhat and appropriate footwear. Sunscreen provided.

 

Wednesday 6 March: Beach Sculpture Making

Progress Castlecliff Coast Care Group invite you all to get creative and join in making beach sculptures out of beach resources. Certificates awarded for participation. Fish and chip tea available for a gold coin and desserts from Aroha’s Para Kore team are also on the menu. Weather cancellation on 92.8 MoreFm.

Meeting time and location: 3.30 - 5:30 pm at the Duncan Pavilion, Castlecliff.

What to bring: Clothing for all weather. Sunhat and appropriate footwear. Sunscreen provided.

 

Sunday 10 March: South Beach Clean-up

“We want to keep our beaches beautiful and functional for our wildlife, so come along, meet new people, have some fun and let’s help clean up South Beach,” says DOC Community Ranger Jaycee Tipene Thomas. Gloves, buckets and sanitizer provided. The recycle trailer to put recyclables directly into will be on site.

Meeting time and location: 9 am at the main South beach car park off Airport road.

What to bring: Clothing for all weather. Sunhat and appropriate footwear. Sunscreen provided.

Contact

Jaycee Tipene Thomas
DOC Community Ranger
Email: jtthomas@doc.govt.nz

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