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Ambassador Kenny

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Tēnā koutou,

My name is Kenny and I'm a Kererū from Templeton School near Christchurch. I love to go on adventures but have never left Templeton. I can't wait to travel to Nelson for the Sustainable Seas field trip. I wonder if I will meet any kererū?

See you soon,


Monday 5 March

Kia ora,

I was so excited about heading to Nelson today. This is my first trip out of Templeton and my first time on a plane. There wasn't much of a view over the South Island but by the time we made it to Nelson it had cleared. 

We had time to explore sunny Nelson and it looks like the perfect place to learn more about the sea. Nelson is right on the coast but is quite sheltered. I’m looking forward to our boat ride tomorrow.

See you then,


Tuesday 6 March

Kia ora,

What a fantastic day we had today. We zoomed out to Delaware Bay on a little boat that had a big motor. It was so much fun scooting across the waves. I helped Sorrel fish for blue cod, but we didn’t manage to catch any. At least Stina caught some for her research. Stina is studying the life-cycle of blue cod and where they live. This should help us learn more about this popular fish so we can look after it better in the future.

Tomorrow we are back on land to look at where land meets sea.

Catch you then,


Wednesday 7 March

Kia ora,

Kererū don’t usually like spending time in estuaries. We are more of a forest bird, but once we started to take a closer look at what lives within these mud flats I was fascinated! We had so much fun looking at what lives beneath the sand and I found heaps of cockles. Cockles have a very important job in estuaries, they help filter the water and keep it clean.

Tomorrow we are heading back out to sea.

See you there,


Thursday 8 March

Kia ora,

Our final day of the field trip was spent back out in Tasman Bay. It was so much fun speeding across the waves, even though I did get a bit wet! We helped scientists take measurements with some neat pieces of equipment. I learned that scientists can launch drifters which can track ocean currents for several years.

It has been a fantastic week and I will miss the other ambassadors, but I’m looking forward to getting home to see my classmates.

See you soon,


Kenny the kererū from Templeton School is looking forward to exploring Nelson. Image: LEARNZ.

Kenny enjoys looking around Nelson. Image: LEARNZ.

Kenny helps Sorrel fish for blue cod at Delaware Bay. Image: LEARNZ.

Kenny takes a closer look at the plants and animals that live in a Nelson estuary. Image: LEARNZ.

Kenny checks out a drogue used to stop a drifter from being blown around on the surface of the ocean. Image: LEARNZ.

Kenny beside a drifter used to track ocean currents and measure temperature and salinity. Image: LEARNZ.