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Dunedin’s Sustainable Action Communities are setting a challenge to go plastic-free for March. Join them, and share your experiences on

The Week of Possibilities starts!

It’s the nationwide launch of 350 Aotearoa and Gen Zero’s 100% Possible campaign, which is going to be getting hands on over the next few months to prove that moving NZ beyond fossil fuels is economically and technically possible. Contact for Dunedin events, or join Facebook or the website

Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata
Healthy Seas – Healthy People

Seaweek in New Zealand is 2-10 March 2013.   For those of you in the Otago area, there should be a Seaweek event you can get involved with – see the list below.  To find out more about Seaweek go to where you will find a link to activities happening in other regions of New Zealand.


  • Marine Metre Squared (Mm2)

Citizen Scientists wanted to monitor the New Zealand seashore!  Find out what lives between the tides at your beach.   Marine Metre Squared will be launched during Seaweek 2013.  The website, where you will be able to record the data you collect, compare it with other areas, share your discoveries and ask questions, will be live for Seaweek.

We encourage individuals, families, community groups and schools to join the Marine Metre Squared project.  Stay updated by following Mm2 on Facebook and Twitter  and

  • Dunedin Coastal Clean Up

When: Sat 2 March, midday

Where: Meet outside the St Kilda surf club, John Wilson Ocean Drive, Dunedin

Our Seas, Our Future is coordinating the “Dunedin Coastal Clean Up”.  This event is open to everyone who would like to keep Dunedin’s coastline clean and beautiful. Refreshments and treats will be provided. Spot prizes to be won on the day. All you need to do is come down to the meeting place, collect your rubbish bags and gloves, then head out to a beach of your choice to start picking up rubbish. Wear closed-toe and sturdy shoes. Check the weather and dress appropriately. Bring sun screen and hat, a camera (please send photos to, lunch, snacks and water.

Contact: For more information or to register your interest please email: or send us a message on Facebook (

  • Harbour Fun Day, Portobello

When: Sun 3 March 10am-4pm

Where: Latham Bay, Portobello, Otago Peninsula

Community event celebrating our harbour and our community. Bring along your picnic hampers and watercraft for an afternoon of activities on Latham Bay.  Stalls, entertainment, activities, face painting, and displays.  Alternate date if raining – Sun 17th March.

Contact: Enquiries to Paul Pope (Portobello Inc):

  • Once Upon a Sunday: Fishy Tales

When: Sun 3 March, 2pm

Where: Dunedin City Library (Storypit)

Join Kaitrin McMullan and friends for a hearty feast of fishy tales and salty sea stories.  Celebrating Seaweek and NZ Book Month.


Contact: 03-474 3690

  • EnviroSchools Coastal Clean-Up

When: Sun 3 March,10am – noon

Where: Meet at the public carpark next to the Otago Yacht Club, Magnetic Street Dunedin. Come along and help clean up the foreshore area between the carpark and the beginning of the cycle way to St Leonards. Steve Broni will be there to talk about NZ Sea Lions plus there will be fun games to play. Gloves and bags will be provided plus some refreshments to reward your efforts. Organised by EnviroSchools.

Contact : Jennie Upton:   Phone 474 3709

  • Last Chance to See: Mai I Renmgiatea: The Portrayal of Māori Myth and Legend in Print

When: 3 – 10 March,

Where: Dunedin City Library (3rd floor)

From art and the telling of stories, to the written word: Discover how Māori myth and legend has ben interpreted by authors illustrators and publishers since European settlement in the nineteenth century.


Contact: 03-474 3690

  • Community Stewardship of Kaimoana : East Otago Taiapure.

A local example of a holistic approach to fisheries management

When: Mon 4 March, 6pm

Where: Oamaru Library.

In response to the concerns of the elders of Kati Huirapa ki Puketeraki for the diminishing paua stock, a Taiapure was established in 1999 on the East Otago coast between Cornish Head and Potato Point. Taiapure are local fisheries in coastal waters which recognise the special significance of the area to local iwi or hapu. Come along to the Oamaru Library and hear about this local holistic approach to fisheries management. Members of the committee will give a presentation about ongoing research, the problems threatening the local fishery, and the local community response. Hear about their efforts to maintain and enhance fisheries and marine habitats for future generations: Mö tätou, ä, mö kä uri ä muri ake nei For us and our children after us.

Contact: Lucy Hardy 03 474 7094 lhardy@doc.govt, or Jean Rivett 03 433 0850

  • Mm2 EnviroSchools Marine Metre Squared Workshops For Teachers

When: Wed 6 and Thurs 7 March 3:30-5:30pm.

Where: Karitane and St Leonards (Dunedin

Come along to Karitane and St Leonards and learn how to measure the biodiversity of the local foreshore and monitor changes. Then up load your data and share and compare with other schools across New Zealand.

Contact; RSVP to Jennie Upton:  Phone 474 3709

  • Being a Healthy Harbour Watcher – Sharing the Learning!

When: Wed 6 March

Where: Chemistry Department, University of Otago

An invitation to teachers and students to hear about the Healthy Harbour Watchers project and how this relates the wider Otago Harbour environment and associated catchments. Learn about the more practical “hands on” side of how you can become a Healthy Harbour Watcher.  For more info about the project see Contact: To book places for the workshop, contact Andrew Innes. Phone 03 477 4674 / 021 0239 1950 or email

  • Mm2 Kiwi Conservation Club Group Leader Workshop

When: Sat 9 March, 9-11 am

Where: NZ Marine Studies Centre, 185 Hatchery Road, Portobello, Dunedin.

Contact: Anne Graeme: or phone 021 151 8139.

  • Dive Otago Shore Clean-Up

When: Sun 10 March, 8.30am

Where: Dive Otago and Local Shore

Time for a clean-up!  Meet at Dive Otago and head on down to the harbour to help clean up the local area.

Contact:   Emma Young, Dive Otago Ltd:, 03 466 4370


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