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Nga  Motu Marine Reserve Society Newsletter

Newsletter Number 27, June 2012

In this issue
  • AGM - July 13
  • Marine Information Centre progress
  • WOMAD 2012 Stall
  • EMR
  • Tapuae Marine Reserve Underwater Video
  • Penguin Channel
2012 AGM and Plankton Presentation
Friday July 13th 7pm
Val Deakin Dance Centre (306 St Aubyn St) followed at 7.30pm by
Marine Ecologist, Dr Emily Roberts presenting....
'Every Second Breath You Take - Kindly Provided By Plankton'
Everyone most welcome
AGM Agenda
  1. Welcome and Apologies
  2. Minutes of previous AGM 10.6.11
  3. Financial Report & setting subscriptions
  4. Chairperson's report
  5. Nomination of officers (Present Committee; Pete Bell, Val Deakin, John Gledhill, Fiona Gray Treasurer, Barbara Hammonds Secretary, Jane Roseman, Anne Scott Chair, Elise Smith, Erin Zydervelt.)
  6. General Business
  • The project to refurbish the Marine Information Centre at Port Taranaki
  • Update on the Society's role in the 'Experiencing Marine Reserves' programme
  • Taranaki Penguin Research update
  • Seashore surveys 

Marine Information Centre progress
On June 19th the newly landscaped garden was planted out by Moturoa School children. The 185 local native plants, including the rare and endangered Scandiarosifolia, were grown by them in the school’s plant propagation unit. Thanks to Bill Clarkson for his work organising the planting (not to mention with the propagation).

Emma Hancock and Maia Darling from Moturoa School and Tracey Phelan from AWE in action on the day
Our contractor, John Coe, has been hard at work getting the gardens ready for the planting, and putting in new seats and paths. The seascape mural which had been out of view behind the building has also now been moved and is adjacent to the mural on the west side of the building, adding to the marine theme for the area. He has also cleared out the inside of the Information Centre ready for the new displays.

The existing murals, by artist Ali Girling-Butcher, positioned to the frame the garden.
The new interior panels and outside signs are about to be printed, signalling that we are close to the end of what has been a much longer journey than any of us anticipated. We are looking forward to the grand opening, which we hope will be next month.
The Society has been supported by DOC in this project, which was made possible by generous sponsorship from AWE and Tui Joint Venture Partners and the TSB Community Trust.
WOMAD 2012 Stall
Thanks to Shell for offering us a stall in the Eco-village area at this year’s WOMAD. It was a great way to let people know we exist and what we do. The ‘fishing’ game was particularly popular with the kids, as were the photos from EMR trips.
EMR (Experiencing Marine Reserves)
EMR (initiated by the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust) continues to be a great success. Thanks to Origin Energy, DOC and the Tindall Foundation, for sponsorship towards the costs incurred by schools going on their EMR trips (overnight accommodation, transport etc). The three schools who had planned ‘away’ trips this year - St Pius X, Manukorihi Intermediate and Mimi School (whose trip also included students from Ahititi School) all had a great experience exploring a marine reserve. One lucky student from St Pius X was later given the chance to join other students from around the country snorkelling at the renowned Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, and came back a ‘marine reserve advocate’ (check out the article in the North Taranaki Midweek June 6, 2012).
Tapuae Marine Reserve Underwater Video
Kevin at Oceans Alive dive shop near Chaddy’s Charters has some wonderful video taken around Waikaranga / Seal Rocks. We called in to leave him some of our bird awareness pamphlets and were delighted to discover this treasure showing on a screen in the store.
Penguin Channel
The nest cam has already spotted a pair of penguins using their nest box to rest up (thanks for letting us know Chaddy), but after this early start they seem to have gone to sea again so they aren’t yet sitting on eggs. Keep an eye on the activity by checking out the screen in Chaddy’s Charters.

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