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Whanganui's Castlecliff Coastcare in the news again.

Castlecliff Coast Care in Whanganui got rung by a local video reporter and asked about the dunes. Luckily a visit was planned by Aranui School the next week, which resulted in this little piece of news and a lovely little video about the good work Graham and Lyn Pearson do with school groups and other volunteers. Here it is.

Marine science public communication research - chance to participate

University of Auckland researchers are seeking participants for a survey in their science public communication study series. The survey, which is about communicating marine science, will take about 15 minutes and you may go into a draw to win a $100 gift voucher if you complete it. Organisation names are not asked for in the survey. They are simply interested to hear from a broad range of individuals from different sectors.

Click on this link to participate: Science communication Survey 2.

This survey’s end date has been extended to 15 September.

(The study is approved by The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee. Ref no. 022256).

Hauraki Gulf gets help from new government advisory committee

A new committee has been formed to progress the visions and aspirations developed for the Hauraki Gulf. The committee is called Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari Ministerial Advisory Committee and was announced by the Ministry of Conservation and Fisheries today.

The environment of the Hauraki Gulf has been in decline for decades and new approaches were needed to address this. Iwi and stakeholders have been successfully brought together to find solutions.

One of the committee members is Raewyn Peart of the Environmental Defence Society, who was the keynote speaker at our Whitianga conference in 2015.

Read EDS’s media release or a longer article in the NZ Herald for more detail.

Rockfall Cape Kidnappers prompts safety improvements

The rockfall that caused a popular walk at Cape Kidnappers to be closed will continue to be out of bounds for the foreseeable future.

DOC, who managed 1.5 km of the 9 km walk has reviewed the safety rating of the walk and concluded that it shouldn’t have been promoted as a Day Walk. Measures have been taken in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the mistakes made. Read the full story.