Hauraki Gulf Monitoring Project

Join scientists to investigate what lives on your local shore of Tikapa Moana | Hauraki Gulf.

This citizen science project is now in its fourth year and offers hands-on experience collecting and analysing scientific data to help us understand what is happening in Tikapa Moana.

In 2022 the NZ Marine Studies Centre will be running guided sessions to engage schools in simple methods to survey your local shoreline. ‘Marine Metre Squared’ is a tool that can be used to study environmental change over time. By recording the number and types of marine species found within a 1m2 quadrat we can learn about biodiversity, geographic distribution and how that changes seasonally and in response to human activity.

How to Participate

The programme is open to upper primary and secondary schools. To participate, classes will need to commit to:

  • an introduction to the seashore (30-60 min via zoom)
  • a field trip to the local shoreline (rocky or muddy!) to do the surveys
  • a 1-hour session in the classroom to upload, analyse and interpret the field trip findings

Field trips need to be scheduled when the tide is low so there are a set number of dates available to us for this project. Classroom sessions can be organised once the field trip date has been secured. For the dates available and if you would like further information or have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. Email Teresa at: teresa.morrell@otago.ac.nz

Resources and Stories

The link above takes you to the main Hauraki Gulf Monitoring Project website, where you will find a range of education resources and a link to read more in the Community Stories section. There are interesting photos, facts and examples of cool things students and researchers have found on the beaches of Tikapa Moana and other shorelines around Aotearoa.

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