Auckland is surrounded by water; more than 3000kms of coastline across three harbours and 19,000km of streams and rivers.
Aucklanders have an appreciation of their environment and enjoy a strong connection to the sea. But with enjoyment comes a sense of responsibility.
The latest State of the Environment Report for the region compiled by RIMU reveals our waterways are not as healthy as we would like.
RIMU runs a suite of marine monitoring programmes to increase our understanding of our region’s spectacular coastal and estuarine environments.
It monitors coastal water quality, condition of the seafloor including sediments, contaminants, builds profiles of our beaches and monitors the movement of sand.
Some monitoring programmes have been in place since 1987 and the dataset has grown into one of the most comprehensive long-term marine datasets in New Zealand.
More recently a region-wide seabird and shorebird monitoring programme funded by the Natural Environment Targeted Rate has been established, all contributing to the knowledge and understanding of our waterways.
Dr Megan Carbines, RIMU Principal Scientist says, “While there have been minor improvements in water quality since the last report in 2015, there is still a long way to go.
“Seaweek is an opportunity to renew our connection with the sea, to involve ourselves in local activities to learn more about our marine environment and how we can care for it as individuals and communities.”
So, if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, take the family to the beach or river, view seabirds and wildlife in their natural habitat, go for a snorkel and see what items accumulate on the ocean floor, collect some rubbish from your local beach and explore the rock pools along the way. There are plenty of activities to enjoy around the water.
To find out more about what’s happening, visit these websites:
And remember, taking care of Auckland's environment should not limited to just one week in the year - let’s make it every week.