2018 Enviroschools Southland Regional Hui

Te Takutai Roa – the longest coastline

Students and adults from Enviroschools in Southland braved the wet weather for a fun day of learning and interaction at beautiful Curio Bay in the Catlins.

The theme of the hui was Te Takutai Roa – the longest coastline – and activities had a focus on all things marine and coast.

Activities included beach art, sea lions, Otago University’s Aquavan, looking through the new interpretation centre, tree planting, exploring the fossil forest, bush activities, the Whale Chasers film, yellow-eyed penguin spotting, boating safety and animal pests.

Several schools even camped out overnight!

The timing of Te Takutai Roa was perfect, as it aligned with the NZ Marine Studies Centre touring the Mataura River catchment with their new Aquavan.


The Aquavan visited schools and community halls and students from several Enviroschools were able to meet marine scientists, interact with live marine animals in mobile touch tanks and learn about marine ecosystems through fun, hands-on activities.

All photographs courtesy of James Jubb and Southland Regional Council