Moana Restoration

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

Tauira (students) from Te Kura Taumata o Panguru are installing a Marine Conservation Learning Aquarium designed and produced by the Papa Taiao Earthcare Kaitaia students. This unit will be able to spawn and grow pāua for re-seeding along the Mitimiti Coast. Students learn to manage and test water quality and how to induce pāua to spawn and grow in a closed-circuit system. Panguru students have been designing environmental actions to remove the marine pest Pyura that has been decimating the kutai (mussel) beds at Mitimiti.  The Moana Restoration students attending the Papa Taiao Panguru Wānanga gain NCEA qualifications in pest control (biosecurity), aquaculture, sustainability and biology.

Tauira (students) from Te Kura Taumata o Panguru are installing a Marine Conservation Learning Aquarium designed and produced by the Papa Taiao Earthcare Kaitaia students. This unit will be able to spawn and grow pāua for re-seeding along the Mitimiti Coast. Students learn to manage and test water quality and how to induce pāua to spawn and grow in a closed-circuit system.

Panguru students have been designing environmental actions to remove the marine pest Pyura that has been decimating the kutai (mussel) beds at Mitimiti. 

The Moana Restoration students attending the Papa Taiao Panguru Wānanga gain NCEA qualifications in pest control (biosecurity), aquaculture, sustainability and biology.

We found 24 legal size pāua inside this single quadrat... "we are not telling anyone where though!" 

We found 24 legal size pāua inside this single quadrat... "we are not telling anyone where though!" 

Ecological restoration of marine and estuarine systems is complex.

Primary age students investigating Kaitaia College's paua breading system. 

Primary age students investigating Kaitaia College's paua breading system. 

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.  

Pāua for the re-seeding Moana Restoration project at Kaitaia College are receiving a pōwhiri on to the school grounds. 

Pāua for the re-seeding Moana Restoration project at Kaitaia College are receiving a pōwhiri on to the school grounds. 

Papa Taiao Earthcare is partnering with Experiencing Marine Reserves who is delivering the Snorkel Dive with Safety components of Wai Restoration.

Papa Taiao Earthcare is partnering with Experiencing Marine Reserves who is delivering the Snorkel Dive with Safety components of Wai Restoration.

Kaitaia College students comparing numbers of toheroa on Ninety Mile beach and comparing numbers with a survey conduced in 1939 to understand the change over time of toheroa populations. 

Kaitaia College students comparing numbers of toheroa on Ninety Mile beach and comparing numbers with a survey conduced in 1939 to understand the change over time of toheroa populations. 

There was a promising number of juveniles on the beach. Unfortunately the largest toheroa we found was only 55mm long. The big breeders appear to be in short supply.  

There was a promising number of juveniles on the beach. Unfortunately the largest toheroa we found was only 55mm long. The big breeders appear to be in short supply.

 

Growing, harvesting and enjoying kai moana sustainably is the goal of Papa Taiao Kaitaia students.

Growing, harvesting and enjoying kai moana sustainably is the goal of Papa Taiao Kaitaia students.