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Sustainable seas: essential for NZ's health and wealth

Mussels of Ōhiwa: managing the many ways our marine environment is used.

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Take an ecosystem journey across Ohiwa Harbour
A diary investigating the Ōhiwa Harbour ecosystem.

About this trip

Travel to Ōhiwa Harbour, the jewel of the eastern Bay of Plenty. It is a large shallow estuary that was once a busy port and is still one of New Zealand's most unspoiled estuaries. The area has long been a taonga for many people with its salt-marshes, wetlands and mudflats supporting a rich variety of wildlife.

There are 10 small islands in the harbour and many channels and sandbanks which shift with the tides and seasons. These marine environments are used for many different purposes by many different people making sustainable management a challenge.

Join experts who are developing a special tool to help manage our seas sustainably. This tool is ecosystem-based management (EBM). Your class will explore the development of EBM and how it can be applied in different areas to maintain the health and wealth of our seas.

This online field trip supports a STEAM-based, cross curricular approach to teaching and learning. Participation encourages curiosity, citizen-science and student inquiry. Access the glossary and the Class Ambassadors.


Teacher resources

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

United Nations SDG 12This trip reflects the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

 Sustainable Seas