Call for ocean problem solvers

Champions needed to conserve our marine environment.

Champions of the marine environment of all ages are being sought by Seaweek organisers for this year’s Ocean Champion competition.

Entrants have to choose a challenge that will help to address a specific problem in the marine environment and outline how they would solve it.

There are two categories – Junior, for anyone under 16, and Senior. Both are required to describe their chosen challenge and explain their solutions, as well as sharing it with the wider community in some way.

Juniors must outline their challenge in an online nomination form and write about how their actions will address the problem, which must be submitted by Friday, January 31. All junior entries will be entered into a prize draw for a selection of spot prizes from Young Ocean Explorers and Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium.

Senior entrants also need to outline their challenge and the problem they plan to solve, but also how they will measure their success. They will be featured on the Seaweek website, where people can vote throughout February to choose the winner. They will receive $500 from the New Zealand Coastal Society to support their work.

The 2020 Ocean Champion Awards will be presented at the Bill Ballantine Memorial Lecture in Auckland during Seaweek on March 5.

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana is New Zealand’s annual national week celebrating the sea, which takes place from Saturday, February 29 to Sunday, March 8.

For full details of Seaweek, the Ocean Challenge and competition entry forms, visit


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