Marine Week March '17

From Christina Samela's blog... I’d forgotten how much I love being underwater. The feeling hit me earlier this week while searching for kina (sea urchins) on a rocky reef. Beneath the surface is quiet, where sea life roams in a glowing blue realm. Kina like to tuck themselves in shelves between rocks and amongst kelp, so I had to dive down and scrutinize the area until their dark, spiny forms revealed their presence....

people in boats on the water with mountain in the background
South Island - In the field

Kayaking on Lake Pearson - a high country lake near the Main Divide, South Island

group posing in front of building
Pōwhiri 2014 Fall

One of the highlights of the first couple of weeks was our Pōwhiri at Wharekawa Marae. We were made extremely welcome by Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga

students walking through a river
Hunua River Crossing

First field exercise in the Hunua Ranges

woman doing research in outdoor environment
Directed Research in FULL SWING

All students are flat out and loving it! For our Directed Research Projects this semester, we have teams in the Hunua Ranges, on Motuihe Island, on Waiheke Island, in Waharau Park and at the Rangipo Wetland  Restoration Project.

students looking through spotting scopes
Bioblitz at Miranda Shorebird Centre

The team from EcoQuest joined a day and night survey of the area around the Miranda Shorebird Centre for all forms of life. Over five hundred people participated, including local schools, iwi, district and regional councils, community groups etc, searching for species which were then identified by invited on-site experts.

instructor and students outdoors
Fall 2012 South Island

 Lake Pearson, Craigieburn

baby bird
Hutton's shearwaters

Shearwater colony Kaikoura peninsula 5 years on