Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) has treated three Mahurangi students to a snorkeling experience at the Poor Knights.
The organisation runs an annual competition to encourage students to undertake conservation projects, using a snorkel day as a prize.
Mahurangi College had over 200 student action projects and two of the students went on the snorkeling trip, Jordon Thomas and fellow Year 8 student Halle Gravatt. Jordon’s project involved installing and monitoring a successful rubbish sieve mechanism in the Sandspit Marina. Halle was rewarded for her education pamphlet on mangroves in the Whangateau Harbour.
Warkworth Primary School winner Jacob Gray, aged seven, particularly enjoyed seeing dolphins on the trip.
“The standards of action projects that go beyond the school environment were superb,” programme director Samara Nicholas says. “Students were involved in a variety of projects that address local marine issues such as presentations on marae, campaigning council and writing letters to the editor.”
The annual trip started in 2002 with three students from three Northland schools. This year 25 schools from eight different regions took part, taking the total number of snorkeling experience winners to 347.