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 2017 is Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People. It will run from Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 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 Topics and concepts tab at the top of a page to find an even wider variety.

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

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

Plankton

Bryozoans

Cockles

Sea stars

Mussels

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

Mussels

Video: Revive our Gulf

Video: Mussels filtering water

Aquaculture

Farming green-lipped mussels - introduction

Extracting bioactives from mussels

Investigating the native sea cucumber for export

Sea sponges and rongoā

Teacher support materials

Online professional development

Seaweek 2016 Toiora te Moana - Toiora te Tangata - Healthy Seas, Healthy People

SLH resources for Seaweek 2015

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

Visit the Hub’s marine resources bucket in Pond

    Published 4 February 2016, Updated 26 January 2017