The Rimurimu Project 2020

Imagine the blue-belt of Wellington sustaining a healthy and vibrant Ocean Forest, able to absorb more carbon than trees, improving water quality and providing habitat for thousands of marine creatures.

The Rimurimu Project invites you to join us in restoring these vital seaweed forests across Te Upoko-o-te-Ika-a-Maui (the head of the fish of Maui).

We think Wellington is the perfect place to lead innovation and sustainable restoration.
Join us (and many others) on this journey!

Seaweed (rimurimu) provides a wealth of ecosystem services and opportunities:

  • Rebuilding marine ecosystems.
  • Maintaining vital food webs and habitat.
  • Improving water quality.
  • Fighting climate change by absorbing carbon (and a potential tool for long-term carbon sequestration)
  • Reducing ocean acidification
  • Protecting coastlines from storm surges.
  • Providing innovative & traditional solutions to many modern day challenges including food, textiles, materials and medicines.

These forests have helped our oceans thrive. Now they need our help.


A local brown seaweed species -Flapjack – pictured at the Kapiti Island Marine Reserve. 

LOVE RIMURIMU – Get amongst it!

Community Events

We are launching LOVE RIMURIMU with  Free Community Snorkel Day Events inviting community to explore the local biodiversity and seaweed forests. These will take place across Wellington this summer (check out our Events page).

We’ll also be co-hosting some night events (above the waves) at locations across Wellington with FISHHOOK come autumn time.


The Mountains To Sea Wellington team are working with students from across Wellington exploring the diversity of our local seaweeds, their role in the oceans and their connection with climate change.

The education programme has been funded through Curious Minds  and is known as The Rimurimu Project. It’s intended that these young people will also be piloting restoration in Wellington with support from scientists, iwi and local government, pending approval and ensuring best practice. They will then go on to share their learning with others in the community.

The schools involved in The Rimurimu Project are Mana College, Scots College, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna and Koraunui School.

This project is widely supported with leading experts from the Department of Conservation, Experiencing Marine Reserves, Victoria University, NIWA, Wellington Underwater club and many others.

The education will be hands-on, in the field experiences built upon the Experiencing Marine Reserves programme.

Participants will work with local experts, guardians and scientists to understand the role restoration could play. 

What comes next?

We want to see our marine environment thrive. To achieve this outcome active restoration and management in the marine environment is needed.

OUR VISION: “Wellington harbour and the blue belt has a flourishing ocean forest, cared for by our local communities. Our seaweed forests are valued for their beauty and ecosystem services – absorbing carbon, steadily improving water quality and as a home to an increasing abundance of marine life”

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