Canterbury has a spectacular and diverse coastline stretching from Kaikoura in the north to the Waitaki River. In between are the sandy beaches and dunes of Pegasus Bay, the rocky platforms of Kaikoura and Banks Peninsula, coastal lagoons, estuaries and shingle beaches.
Each one is unique, with its own set of ecological processes, biodiversity, values and issues.
Each year we coordinate Seaweek activities across Canterbury as part of our commitment to the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) programme. In 2015, the week will run from February 28 until March 8th with the theme “Look beneath the surface – Papatai ō roto – Papatai ō raro".
The theme highlights our many connections with the sea and oceans, encouraging all Kiwis to celebrate Takaroa's realm of fascinating aquatic life, tackle issues such as pollution, pest species and illegal harvesting of the sea's bounty, and keep our seas healthy for all.
Events for 2015 will be listed on the Seaweek website and promoted nationally. A wide variety of exciting events occurs at national, regional and local levels with an annual calendar of events published by our team. This year NZAEE Canterbury is also holding an Art Competition - information can be found here.
Back to the future - the culture, traditions and history of the sea (pdf 370 kB)
Godwits - the world famous, record-breaking birds! (pdf 259 kB)
Coastal Birds - New Zealand Kingfisher (Kotare) & South Island Pied Oystercatcher (Torea) (pdf 602 kB)
Large-bellied seahorse (pdf 217 kB)
One Ocean - Turning the Tide (pdf 852 kB)
Seaweek Art competition 2015 (217kB)
A coastal resource for teachers. Canterbury’s Spectacular Coast and Marine and Coastal Animals are free to all schools and interested community groups in Canterbury. These books have been designed to be used in combination but can be used separately.
Supplements include lesson plans and activities:
Canterbury's Spectacular Coast (pdf 1.8 MB)
Canterbury's Marine and Coastal Animals (pdf 1.7 MB)
Spectacular Coast - Coastal Dunes (pdf 991 kB)
Spectacular Coast - Coastal Wetlands (pdf 1.61 MB)
Spectacular Coast - Rocky Shore (pdf 3.97 MB)
The Canterbury coastline is spectacular. This issue explores the many different features along this diverse stretch of New Zealand's coast, from dunes to lagoons.
It also explores
- Stormwater and the coastal environment
- Te Waitaha takutai - the Canterbury coast and river mouths
- Tangata whenua and the coastal environment
- Living here - coastal features in Canterbury
- Nature’s filters - coastal lagoons/hapua
- Ki uta ki tai - From the mountains to the Sea
Coastal Canterbury (pdf 3.35 MB)
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