SUN 11 MAR, 11AM - 3PM

Join us to honour the unique ocean environment that surrounds us in Aotearoa. In conjunction with Seaweek 2018, we are presenting a day of events exploring our moana - both far and near - through film, science, and performance. Discover the incredible stories that connect us. 

Ōkahu Bay Restoration Project
 Te Kākano Lounge, Māori Court, Ground Level

"A healthy bay has our whanau in it." For Ngati Whātua Ōrakei restoring the mauri (life force) of Ōkahu Bay starts from the 200,000 trees planted on the ridgeline and ends with a highly successful mussel reef restoration programme. This programme brings together Matauranga (indigenous knowledge) and science to filter the ancestral waters. Richelle Kahui-McConnell is an award winning ecologist who manages the restoration programme and specialises in building capacity in communities and protection of moana (water) and whenua (land). Find out more about the amazing work being done in Ōkahu Bay in this talk with Richelle, and a short film made by local youth. 

Te Whanau Raukura
Māori Court, Ground Level

Join te whanau Raukura in this special free performance, as they celebrate the relationship between Māori and the moana, through a vibrant presentation of song and dance. To see more of this amazing troupe of performers, you can also book into our Māori Cultural Performance, which is recognised as being one of the best in Aotearoa.

Moana - Pacific Connections
Natural Sciences Lounge, Level 1

Auckland Museum’s scientists are constantly conducting new research - whether in the lab, in the field or on the high seas. Tom Trnski, our Head of Natural Sciences has been on a number of research trips to Rangitāhua (the Kermadec Islands), a family of islands around 800-1000km northeast of New Zealand’s North Island. He’ll be sharing his awesome journeys with you, the important conservation connections made with the wider Pacific ocean, along with film and stunning images of ocean life at Rangitāhua. 

Caption: Tom Trnski Head of Natural Sciences at the Auckland Museum sorts reef fish after a rotenone station during the 2017 South West Pacific Expedition. Richard Robinson © 2016 No Reproduction without prior written permission.