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Celebrate Sea Week - Kaupapa Moana (3-11 March) at Hutt City Libraries!

Find out about toxic algae, learn what that strange thing is on your beach, watch fishy movies, and loads more!

For more information on Sea Week events around New Zealand visit Sea Week on Facebook.

The Unseen

The Unseen: Art + Science

An art, science and community art project supported by the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, NIWA and Auckland University, Suter Art Gallery and communities in Nelson and Wellington

Joe and Gabby will talk about their research and then you get to help make part of a large collaborative artwork that will be installed in Albion Square Nelson (28 March – 8 April).

Joe O’Callaghan is an oceanographer with NIWA and Gabby O’Connor is an artist and researcher with Auckland University and NIWA.

Over 1500 people are already involved in the creation of the art work. Come join in the fun! FREE. All material provided. Wear comfortable clothes as we’ll be working on the ground!

War Memorial Library Saturday 3 March 10:30am and 1:30pm

Whats that thing on my beach

What’s that thing on my beach?

Ever found something on the beach and had no idea at all as to what it might be? Maybe it’s a jelly-like thing, but doesn’t look like a jellyfish. A strange grey lump that might be natural, or might be a piece of rubbish.

Join us as we look at the kind of things that live in the sea and might turn up on a Hutt City beach with Paula Warren, Chair of Friends of Baring Head.

Everyone who comes along will leave with a booklet that can be used next time you go to the beach!

Presenter: Paula Warren, Chair of Friends of Baring Head

Eastbourne Library Tuesday 6 March, 3:45pm
Petone Library Thursday 8 March, 3:45pm

Documentary Screening: Blue the Film

By 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.

BLUE is the story our generation needs to hear. The industrialisation that has occurred in the oceans over the last century mirrors the events that triggered mass extinctions on land. Industrial scale fishing, habitiat destruction, species loss, and pollution have placed the ocean in peril. The very nature of the sea is being irretrievably altered.

BLUE is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice. Our ocean has been the guardian of life on earth. Now it is our turn to be guardians for the ocean.

Lighthouse Cinema Petone & Lighthouse Cinema Cuba Wednesday 7 March, 6:30pm

Tickets are $11.50. Visit Lighthouse Cinemas to book tickets.

Screenings are preceeded by a 10 minute introduction from Dr Karyne Rogers (GNS Science) at Petone and Ben Moorhouse (Department of Conservation) at Cuba.

Living with toxic Algae

Science Talk - Living with Toxic Algae

Each summer, toxic algae appears in the Hutt River.

Join water scientist, Mark Heath, to find out the latest research on this cyanobacteria. Mark will give an overview of toxic algae , how it forms, and what promotes its growth. He’ll also answer questions around the effects on animals and humans, and whether toxic algae is always toxic. Greater Wellington Regional Council have a strict monitoring program and support ongoing research into understanding the toxins, monitoring the growth patterns and trying to prevent its reoccurrence in the river.

Presenter: Mark Heath, Environmental Scientist, Greater Wellington Regional Council

War Memorial Library Thursday 8 March, 6pm

Movies for Kids

Movie Screenings for Kids

Celebrate Sea Week - Kaupapa Moana with some very fishy movies for kids!

FREE but spaces are limited. Arrive early to secure a spot.

Finding Nemo
When Nemo, a young clownfish is unexpectedly carried far from home, his overprotective father, Marlin, and Dory, a friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish embark on an epic journey to find him!
Wainuiomata Library Thursday 8 March, 3.30pm Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances we've had to cancel this screening.
Taita Library Friday 9 March, 3:30pm

Finding Dory!
When Dory, the forgetful blue tang, suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin, and Nemo take off on a life-changing quest to find them.
War Memorial Library Saturday 10 March, 2pm

The Oceans screening

Documentary Screening – Oceans

Join us to watch Oceans, an ecological documentary featuring an exhilarating look under the sea through the eyes of those that live there, narrated by Pierce Brosnan.

Incredible state-of-the-art-underwater filmmaking will take viewers breath away as they migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark, and race with dolphins at play. Includes first-ever images of elusive deepwater creatures!

War Memorial Library Friday 16 March, 6pm

FREE but spaces are limited. Arrive early to secure a spot.

Keep our waterways clean

Science Talk – Keeping our waterways clean

Dr. Mike Joy from Massey University is a passionate environmental scientist who is raising awareness of degraded waterways around New Zealand.

He will share his experiences around water quality in New Zealand, how it is monitored, and what people do in our daily lives that affect our water quality.

Presenter: Dr Mike Joy, Senior Lecturer in Ecology / Zoology, Massey University

War Memorial Library Thursday 22 March, 6pm

Sea week storytime

Sea Week: Preschool Storytime

Join us for a half-hour of sea-themed stories to celebrate Sea Week - Kaupapa Moana.

Preschool Storytime is a weekly programme for children aged 2-5 years. For more information on our regular sessions see What’s On.

Tuesday 6 March
Taita Library 10am
Wainuiomata Library 10:30am
War Memorial Library 2pm

Wednesday 7 March
Naenae Library 10:30am
Moera Library 11am
Eastbourne Library 2pm

Thursday 8 March
Petone Library 10:30am
Stokes Valley Library 11am