Tasman Bay Guardians & Brooklyn School

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Tasman Bay Guardians & Brooklyn School



Tasman Bay Guardians (TBG) is the regional provider trust for the nationally recognised aquatic educational programmes Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection (WBC). The Northland based, Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust (MTSCT) founded and oversees these programmes, endorsing Tasman Bay Guardians for delivery. Tasman Bay Guardians sources funding and resources from the Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve for the provision of programmes and associated community events.

They also work with us to highlight and implement environmental actions and predator control on land and within the marine space.

In 2019 we helped Tasman Bay Guardians by providing funding for both WBC and EMR programmes to be delivered through Brooklyn Primary School. Brooklyn School’s action was the Mana Whaitaki event held at Kaiteriteri for Seaweek. This event was a huge success not only for the school students helping run the stations but for the students attending from other schools in the area. This annual event will also look at using the NIWA community science data app which

is just up and running. Students will be able to add their field trip data via the app, helping gather national data. The WBC programme is also used for surveying inanga spawning sites, with action around habitat protection and improvement.

Tasman Bay Guardians has also become the regional provider for the Sustainable Coastlines Litter Project, gathering data via a beach litter audit which identifies litter type and issues related to that particular beach. The data is uploaded onto a national technical platform. We have a registered site on our Kaiteriteri foreshore which requires monitoring at least four times a year.