Kia ora koutou Ocean Lovers and Seaweek Supporters,

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana is New Zealand’s annual national week celebrating the sea which takes place from Saturday 29 February to Sunday 8 March 2020.

Hosted by the NZ Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE), Seaweek focuses on learning about the ocean because it is so important to all our lives, no matter how far you are from it! Our mission is about exciting and inspiring all New Zealanders to renew their connections with the sea! This is not just for children or those involved with formal education – it’s a time for all of us to get to know our ocean, its habitats, characteristics and inhabitants better.

We are using the following theme Connecting With Our Seas and whakatauki: Ko au te moana, ko te moana ko au  –  I am the sea, the sea is me

He Uru Hou: Our Native Plants

Kōwhai. Image courtesy of Phil Bendle

Canterbury Museum – 30 October 2019 – 9 February 2020

When the East Polynesian ancestors of Māori landed in New Zealand, they applied their extensive knowledge of plants to the new species they encountered.

When botanists Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander arrived here 250 years ago with James Cook’s first expedition they brought a different way of thinking about and classifying this same flora.

He Uru Hou: Our Native Plants combines the Māori and European ways of interpreting our native plants, symbolised in the exhibition by Jo Torr’s 2006 artwork Pacific Crossings, an eighteenth-century European style coat and waistcoat made from tapa cloth and embroidered with native plant designs.

Learn how Māori used plants to make medicine, clothing and tools. See actual samples gathered by Banks and Solander. Understand the role of plants in supporting native animals.

Bird of the Year 2019

Te Manu Rongonui o Te Tau 2019

New Zealand’s birds are wonderful. It’s difficult to pick just one favourite, so this year you can vote for up to five birds. Just rank your favourite birds from one to five.

Voting opens at 9am on Monday 28 October and closes at 5pm on Sunday 10 November.

Sadly, many of New Zealand’s native birds are in crisis. Two thirds of our birds are threatened with extinction. Forest & Bird’s Bird of the Year celebrates our unique birds and with each vote you help give them a voice.


Whether you cycle already, would like to give it a go, or just want to join the fun, there will be something for you.

Biketober is a month-long festival of cycling held each October in Christchurch, New Zealand. It brings together a diverse range of activities and events for everyone who rides a bicycle, for any reason: transportation, recreation, competition, skills development, social interaction. At its core, the festival is about having fun on a bicycle. And spring is the perfect season for shaking off the winter blues and enjoying some sunshine on a bike. Biketober spotlights Christchurch’s great cycleway infrastructure and shows that most journeys can be made easily, safely, and enjoyable on a bike.

WWF Funding Rounds Open in September

The next WWF-New Zealand funding round will be open from 2 September to 11 October 2019.

Community Conservation Fund

This is for local community conservation groups based and working in New Zealand engaged in hands-on ecological restoration or conservation. Please note this was previously called the Habitat Protection Fund. Only the name has changed, the objectives and priorities of this fund are the same as in 2018.

Environmental Education Action Fund

This fund is for New Zealand schools and community groups running environmental education programmes where action for the environment is part of learning.

Will be accepting applications for both these funds from 2 September to 11 October 2019. Visit the WWF website to find out if your project is suitable for funding and how to apply.
If you have any queries contact WWF on
04 499 2930 or 0800 435 7993

Email:  for Community Conservation Fund for Environmental Education Action

Christchurch is a Sharing City

Thank you for stopping and taking an interest in the Christchurch Sharing Map! You are about to join an international movement of Shareable Cities. When you use this map we want you to be inspired by the Christchurch community. There are many organisations that are doing great work to support people in this city by creating opportunities to make new friends, learn new skills, share the resources that we have and discover the natural world around us. We think this city is a diverse, rich and special place. We hope you will too!

You will find the map here:

How to use the Map

To use the map, simply use the + and – icons to zoom in and out. With your mouse (or finger if you are on a touch screen device) you can drag the map to move the perspective of the city. The following diagrams aim to explain how the map works. If you find yourself struggling to use the map after reading the instructions, please email and we will do our best to help you navigate and use the map.

Consultation opens on emissions target

Consultation has opened on the greenhouse gas emissions target that Christchurch should adopt as part of its climate change strategy.

“We want to hear our communities’ views on whether we should go with the Government’s proposed target and work towards being  net zero emissions, excluding biogenic methane, by 2050 or whether we should be setting ourselves a more ambitious target,’’ says Christchurch City Council Head of Strategic Policy Emma Davis.

“We know we need to dramatically cut our emissions; the questions is how quickly can we do it?

“We know there are people and businesses in our communities with very strong views on this issue and we really want their feedback on the approach the Council should be taking,’’ Ms Davis says.

We are asking some key questions, such as:

  1. What greenhouse gas emissions targets should be set for Christchurch?
  2. Should we align with NZ Central Government or could we be more ambitious?
  3. How should we consider agricultural emissions in our District (methane)?
  4. What interim target(s) should be set to help keep us on track?

Find out more and have your say online (before 14 Aug) at:

Have your say on the emissions target.