New Zealand is surrounded by oceans and most of us are unaware of the human impact because we spend so little time looking beneath the sea's surface.
Five aims lie at the core of Moana Restoration:
Aim 1: Put students in their local marine environment
Aim 2: To monitor, measure and understand the ecology and health of local marine eco-systems
Aim 3: Engage students in a high value ecological restoration Action in a local marine environment
Aim 4: Enable students to gain a skill-set and qualifications in a marine related industry that will encourage students to pursue a career in marine conservation/restoration or the sustainable use of natural resources
Aim 5: Encourage a link between Enterprise and Ecological Restoration
Ecological restoration of marine and estuarine systems is complex.
To be successful Ecological Restoration needs to incorporate a systems approach that draws on environmental, political, cultural, social and economic factors. Students involved in Moana Restoration will study Education for Sustainability and Education for Enterprise. Both of these subject areas encourage an integrated and inter dependent approach to ecological restoration problem solving.
Students will learn introductory level aquaculture, diving and ecological monitoring skills over a period of two years. The aquaculture course will be delivered in concert with Education for Sustainability and Education for Enterprise Achievement Standards. The emphasis in the course will be learning for sustainable use of coastal resources. Students will use a systems inquiry approach on a local coastal resource with the aim of engaging in Ecological Restoration or a sustainable enterprise.