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Sea Gardening


aka 'Seabed Enhancement'

 or Maori  'Tiaki Moana'
The focus theme of this workshop experience is giving back. In Maori tikanga it is 'utu' or the practice of reciprocity. 
We have become the ultimate hunters of marine life, but when do we give back?

​The first phase of this voyage is about sharing with each other our personal fishing and environment stories from all over, getting to know a bit about each other. Finding our unity as fisher-folk or environmentally concerned citizens.

A garden meander and introduction to some essential principles employed in Sea Gardening, followed by a power point show and talk that reinforces these principles in greater depth.
Here we cover the non-linear nature of our world, small consistent efforts in creating change, unseen forces and the role of personalizing our efforts primarily through art as a way of  establishing 'connection' with the marine world. 

The third phase revolves around the practical activity of actually building a basic reef module to be deployed in the designated Opotiki Community reef area.

The final phase has to do with taking pride in our creation, photographing and sharing. The actual deployment is carried out some time later, often by volunteers after concrete cures or weather conditions permit. 

The afternoon is dedicated to furthering our connectedness with the world of nature through a personal choice activity -  be it kayaking in the river outside, river swimming, cycling the Motu Trial, nature bathing in Hukutaia Domain with the the 2000 year old burial tree, beach combing and more.

An outline of the possible afternoon activity choices can be found in our drop down menu under this title page Sea Gardening.


Allow a 9.30 am to 3.30 pm day for the Tiaki Moana workshop. A morning tea and light lunch are included or BYO. Quoted cost is inclusive of materials, safety gears,  followup GPS deployment certificate, bikes, kayaks, etc.

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