Ocean Lovers Soak Up Seaweek

Daily Taranaki News reported that Taranaki kids are busy learning about their local marine environment this week as part of a nationwide campaign to get them into the sea.

New Zealand Seaweek, which started on February 28 and runs to Sunday, aims to teach families about what lies beneath the waves and to get them involved in activities such as snorkelling and exploring rock pools.

Last night Department of Conservation guides took people out to the Ngamotu Beach reef to snorkel and view marine life.

DOC volunteer Pat Swanson said Seaweek was a celebration of the sea.

He said the programme started in Auckland 15 years ago to get kids getting involved in the marine environment.

"We have a lot of people who hang around the beach and rocks and it's important to teach them about the environment they are doing activities in."

Swanson said Seaweek was important for people who lived in Taranaki.

"We have the mountain and the sea and we have a lot of people who hang around the beach and rocks and it's im-portant to teach them about the environment they are in.

"It's also encouraging the kids to educate their parents about what is happening under the waves."

DOC's marine team will hold another event at Kawaroa rockpools tonight.

Anyone interested can meet there at 5pm with suitable footwear. ​Click here to visit the Seaweek website.