NZAEE Seaweek 2021

NZAEE Seaweek

Connecting With Our Seas | Toi Moana ~ Toi Tangata

Seaweek 2021 runs from Saturday 6 March to Sunday 14 March 2021.

It highlights the importance and diversity of life in our marine environments and calls on Kiwis from all walks of life to look after Tangaroa’s realm.

We all contribute to taking care of our oceans for now and into the future.

What's on during Seaweek?

We coordinate the calendar of events during Seaweek. Our Youth Engagement team has a number of educational resources free to use.

Here are some of the major events and activities in Canterbury:

Schools Seaweek poetry competition

This year's competition is to create a poem reflecting Seaweek’s theme of Connecting With Our Seas.

Needle felting 3D sea creatures workshop

Seaweek is a great time to make a needle felted sea creature! Needle felting is a fun way to sculpt unspun wool into miniature 3D items. In this workshop, Elizabeth Sheid will teach you the basics of needle felting.

  • When: Sunday 14 March 2021, 1.30pm – 4.00pm.
  • Where: WEA, 59 Gloucester St, Christchurch.
  • Cost: $20 per participant - registration is required.
Viruses In the Sea – the good, the bad and the vast unknown

Head along to the WEA to listen to Paul Broady talk about the abundant and mind-boggling diverse marine viruses and the vital roles they play in the complex webs of life found from surface waters to abyssal depths and deep sediments of our oceans.

  • When: Wednesday 3 March, 7pm–8.30pm.
  • Where: WEA, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch.

Who endorses Seaweek?

The New Zealand Coastal Society will again provide the prize for the winning Seaweek Ocean Champion for 2021.

Seaweek is supported by the following organisations:

In Canterbury:
  • Environment Canterbury Regional Council
  • Department of Conservation
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Black Cat Cruises
  • Canterbury Workers Education Association
  • Sir Peter Blake Marine Education
  • Recreation Centre NZ Fisheries
  • NZ Marine Studies Centre University of Otago
  • National Aquarium of New Zealand
  • Ethique
  • Experiencing Marine Reserves
  • Learnz
  • ReThink
  • Foundation North
  • Young Ocean Explorers

More information

Contact Jocelyn Papprill via email at or phone on 027 7030 772.

For details of other events across Canterbury and New Zealand visit the Seaweek website and check out the 'What’s on' section.