Celebrating our taonga moana
by Andy Bryenton
The New Zealand Association for Environmental Education and the Baylys Beach Society are working from the same page this February, with a celebration of the importance of the ocean taking pride of place on the west coast.
As part of New Zealand Seaweek, the volunteers from Baylys Beach will host a family beach fun day on the February 29, taking part with numerous other groups and organisations nationwide who wish to recognise the importance of our ocean treasures or taonga moana.
“Many communities, schools, clubs and towns from all around NZ get out on to our beaches to celebrate this national event in all sorts of ways,” says Cheryl Carmichael, spokesperson of the Baylys Beach Society.
“Baylys Beach will once again host a Family Fun Day on Saturday, February 29 with all sorts of games, challenges, a barbecue and displays for the community to enjoy.”
The Baylys Beach event will run from 2pm to 5pm and is suitable for all ages.
Seaweek is NZAEE’s annual, national flagship event. It is run through NZAEE members and volunteers with support from a wide range of individuals, groups and organisations.
Initially run by the Marine Education Society of Australasia (now part of NZAEE), it was first held in New Zealand in 1992. It aims to get people engaged with their marine environment, promoting conservation efforts and respect for the importance of the sea.