Porirua Shellfish Survey 2017
Cultural Health Surveying in
Te Awarua o Porirua,
25th and 26th November.
Ngāti Toa Rangatira, supported by Greater Wellington Regional Council, are conducting a cultural health assessment of the shellfish in the Onepoto arm of Te Awarua-o-Porirua. Surveying the health of the shellfish that inhabit Te Awarua-o-Porirua is a significant part of assessing the cultural health for mana whenua, Ngāti Toa Rangatira. Mountains to Sea Wellington are leading the event coordination, mobilising participants for two days of surveying on Saturday 25th, and Sunday 26th November.
The survey involves counting and measuring 4 culturally important shellfish species; cockles, pipis, mud whelks, and mudflat topshells. In order to capture rich data across multiple sites, we would love your help conducting this survey. You don’t need any experience surveying – we will provide a full briefing on how to conduct this survey before each survey commences. If you have previous experience in shellfish identification and/or surveying however, please let us know.
Please note; due to health and safety requirements, participants must be over 18 years old.
Participants between the ages of 12 and 18 are welcome, but each will need to be under the supervision of an adult.
SURVEY LOCATIONS AND START TIMES
Saturday 25th November: Meet opposite Whitireia Polytech on Wi Neera Dr at 7am. Surveying will be completed by 10am.
Sunday 26th September. Meet at Paremata Train Station at 8am. Surveying will be completed by 11am.
HOW TO REGISTER
If you’re interested in participating in this citizen science event, register your name and contact details in
THIS REGISTRATION FORM.
We’ll send you all the information you need beforehand.
WHAT TO BRING
All you need is warm clothes, sun hat, sunscreen, gumboots, and if possible, a spade.
Delicious kai and hot drinks will be provided before and after surveying. Water will be available throughout the event.
If you have any queries, please contact the Event Manager, Jorge Jimenez
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