Learning from the sea

A bronze whaler shark. Photo: Kendall Clements.

Make a splash during Seaweek with an educational and family-fun harbour event.

The Happy Harbour Fun Day features hands-on outdoor activities that relate to Tauranga Harbour’s land, water and wildlife.

On Saturday, March 3, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, in collaboration with partner organisations, are delivering a community fun day at Memorial Park, Tauranga.

The event is an opportunity to highlight what makes our harbor special and explain what is done in the Tauranga Harbour to address key issues identified by the community (sea lettuce and pollution) plus coastal hazards, biodiversity and biosecurity.

“We used to do a more formal science event, but we wanted to change the format and make a family-friendly event where people have the opportunity to learn about Tauranga Moana, the creatures that call it home and what we do to look after it,” say BOP Regional Council marketing and communications advisor Harry Singh.

“We have about 20 activities for the event from weaving workshops, crab and critter hunts, and up-close encounters where kids will get the chance to use microscopes, to recycling and edible worms.”

On top of all of that, you will be able see marine biologists dissect a 2.5m bronze whaler shark that was found dead on the beach last year.

There will also be competitions, face painting, storytelling, bouncy castles, food, music and a screening of the movie Moana at 5pm.

The Happy Harbour Fun Day is on Saturday, March 3, from 1-5pm at Memorial Park, rain or shine.

For updated information check out the ‘Happy Harbour Fun Day’ event page on Facebook.