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Mountains to Sea Wānanga 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 11:00 to Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 13:00
Omaha Marae, Leigh, Auckland

A national marine and freshwater conference

“Citizen Science”
For marine and freshwater conservation action and education
Friday 21st April – Sunday 23rd April 2017 
Omaha Marae, Leigh, Auckland 

Register now here.


An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation.


  • provide a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for sustainability initiatives and projects around science communication
  • provide professional development opportunities
  • provide a forum to discuss the effectiveness of existing and potential partnerships that foster action for marine and freshwater conservation
  • ensure strong delivery of the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection (WBC) concepts around New Zealand
  • raise the profile and value of citizen science whilst exploring what it actually is - workshop on what citizen science means for New Zealanders"

Wānanga registration will include

  • powhiri at 11am on Friday 21st April 
  • marine & freshwater keynote presentations from Dr Victoria Metcalfe, Sally Carson and Dr Nick Shears 
  • fresh wholesome meals and marae accommodation over the 3 day conference- wānanga
  • idyllic scenery at the location near New Zealand’s first marine reserve  
  • marine and freshwater field trips including local conservation initiatives and attractions
  • an opportunity to share your own project during ‘show n tell’, displays & facilitated workshops
  • inclusion of local residents, tangata whenua & conservation groups throughout the programme

See the full programme here

See below the video for the 2016 Mountains to Sea Wānanga held at Whitireia Marae in Gisborne.

Registrations essential 
$429 waged professional, 
$319 non waged/student/teacher/not for profit   

For more information, registration details and invoices contact
Samara Nicholas (09) 433 8205 or 021 036 2019 
Mail to: [email protected]  
Visit  to complete the online registration. 
Please note that credit card payments options are possible via  but will incur an additional 5% charge of your registration fee.


Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust would like to thank the Tindall Foundation, DOC Community Fund, 2 Plus and Curious Minds for funding support.  

Also thanks to Ngati Manuhiri for supporting this wānanga.