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Published: 2001-01-25 00:00:00

Got a good idea for an event to celebrate our coastal environment?

Seaweek 2001 regional co-ordinator, Rachel Ludemann of Environment Waikato, wants to hear from anyone with an event or activity for the annual celebration of our coastal and marine environment.

Seaweek this year runs from March 9 – 18, and also coincides with the Waikato Festival of the Environment. It is an opportunity for all interested groups, organisations and individuals to organise and participate in events which demonstrate the biodiversity of the coast. There will be national promotion through newspapers, Internet, TV, radio, magazines and posters.

“The aim is to raise awareness of the values and enhancement of the coast and our marine environment as well as promote local coastal issues. Schools will be asked to think of ways to celebrate the week and there are ideas and information on the Seaweek page.

Seaweek is organised by the Marine Education Society of Aotearoa, with 25 regional co-ordinators throughout the country encouraging local organisations to host events.

Amongst the ideas are poster design competitions, story writing, beach clean ups and sea creature design for schools, seminars with marine experts on local concerns, sessions on marine mammal rescue techniques, public coastal displays, trips and talks on the coast, guided walks, diving and snorkelling promotion days, coastal tree planting and sand castle building competitions.

The activity doesn’t have to take place by the sea. City dwellers can also be involved with face painting, pavement chalk art, library and mall displays and shop displays.

Rachel Ludemann would like to hear from any organisations, schools, clubs or individuals who would like to be involved or organise an event or activity. Phone Environment Waikato's Freephone 0800 800 401 or email

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