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Over/under split photo of a plastic bag floating on the surface of a coral lagoon
Over/under split photo of a plastic bag floating on the surface of a coral lagoon

Celebrate Kaupapa Moana

Join Hutt City Libraries to celebrate Sea Week – Kaupapa Moana in March with a range of events for all ages from storytelling at the beach to talks looking at the impact plastic and climate change is having on our marine environments.

Highlights include:

Seaside Storytime

Petone Settlers Museum Saturday 2 March, 2pm

We’re launching Sea Week with our friends from the Petone Settlers Museum at an all ages storytime by the sea. Our local librarians will share their favourite ocean tales for you to enjoy with the whole whānau.

Freshwater Connections to Land and Oceans

War Memorial Library Thursday 7 March, 6pm

Our streams rivers lakes and groundwater are being degraded as we intensify agriculture and housing in New Zealand. For the fish in our waterways the connection to the ocean is crucial as are the connections between the land and the freshwater. Join Dr. Mike Joy for a discussion on the importance of all the connections and why we need to lift our game on protecting all freshwater.

Faces of Climate Change

War Memorial Library Friday 8 March, 7pm

Patrick Rose recently finished a Volunteer Service Abroad assignment as a Communication Specialist with UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) Solomon Islands. His collection of stories, profiles, songs and portraits present a complex mosaic of challenges communities are facing across the country. Climate change looms as the primary threat with sea level rise and extreme storms causing erosion and displacement. By focusing on the people instead of the weather, the land or the development project infrastructure, the material gives a humanistic glimpse into the lives of people coping with a changing climate.

Ocean Detectives: Tracking Plastics in Our Marine Environment

War Memorial Library Thursday 14 March, 6:30pm

Plastic waste is a global problem. Plastic that is dumped in the sea or ends up in the ocean can accumulate on beaches or be transported many kilometres by ocean currents and destroy marine environments. Heni Unwin (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa, Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Ngāi Tūhoe, Te Atihaunui-a-Papaarangi) is a Cawthron scientist from the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge developing a new digital tool to track how ocean currents transport plastics.

Sea Week – Kaupapa is a national event running from 2-10 March. For more information on the event line-up for Sea Week, see

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