Resources

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Downloadable Resources

Download and use any of our free resources to run or promote your event, or check out our list of external links to useful resources.

Our Seas Our Future General Resources

OSOF Brochure – Download our general information brochure to learn about how our organisation works with volunteers.

Plastic Free New Zealand Resources

Plastic Bags Letter Template – Use our online form to create a pre-written and formatted letter to encourage your local businesses to phase-out plastic carrier bags. (Time: 5 mins) (Preview Letter)

Plastic Straws Letter Template – Use our online form to create a pre-written and formatted letter to encourage your local cafes/bars/restaurants to phase-out single-use plastic straws. (Time: 5 mins) (Preview Letter)

Straw Free September Resources

Straw Free September Brochure – Download our information brochure to see what is involved in Straw Free September.

SFS Place Cards Option 1 – Download our printable place cards to use in your venues or events.

SFS Place Cards Option 2 – Download our printable place cards to use in your venues or events.

Adopt-a-Coast Resources

Adopt-a-Coast Brochure – Download our information brochure to see what is involved in adopting your coast.

Waste Audit Data Sheet – A one page data collection sheet to help you record information on the types of waste found during a coastal clean-up. This information can then be uploaded to the Adopt-a-Coast Web Application.

Waste Conversion Table – A one page conversion table to help you convert estimated volume of trash to a weight value.

External Resources to Identify New Zealand Marine Species

The following resources link to external educational resources to help you identify and learn about the species found in New Zealand’s coastal and marine environment.

Marine Life Database – Find out more about the local marine animals and plants that live in your area using this database from the Marine Studies Centre.

Marine Identification Guides – A useful collection of identification guides and fact sheets from NIWA. Covers Sea Squirts, Sponges, Echinoderms, Coastal Crabs, Seagrass, and more.

New Zealand’s Marine Pest ID Guide -This guide from MPI contains the top 11 marine pest species that we don’t want in New Zealand.

New Zealand Mollusca – A useful resource for those interested in New Zealand molluscs.

Bryozoans of Southern NZBryozoans of southern New Zealand: a field identification guide.

Handy guides to the common animals and plants living on the seashores of New Zealand, available for download from the Marine Studies Centre, University of Otago:

Northern New Zealand Rocky Shore Guide

Southern New Zealand Rocky Shore Guide

Northern New Zealand Sandy & Muddy Shore Guide

Southern New Zealand Sandy & Muddy Shore Guide

External Downloadable Resources

NZMSC Resources – A great collection of downloadable resources from the NZ Marine Studies Centre – includes teacher guides, identification and fact sheets, games and activities, all grouped according to the topics and programmes they support.

New Zealand Bathymetry Data – New Zealand Region bathymetric datasets and images from NIWA.

Inverstigating Marine Reserves – This is an integrated curriculum teaching resource with New Zealand’s marine reserves as a real-life context for learning. The resource links to the New Zealand Curriculum at levels 1-4, but can be adapted for use at various levels.

Whale-Rescue.org Marine Mammal Medic Training Handbook – PDF download of the Marine Mammal Medic Training Handbook that covers rescue of marine mammals.

Dunedin Wildlife Care Code – Dunedin is home to rare and special wildlife. Help us protect our penguins, sea lions and birds for future generations.