Life in the Sea -   Exploring New Zealand’s marine environments  New Zealand scientists use a range of methods to learn about life in the sea around us. How do our marine organisms interact, and how do we affect them?

Life in the Sea - Exploring New Zealand’s marine environments - NZ scientists use a range of methods to learn about life in the sea around us. How do our marine organisms interact, and how do we affect them?

Where Land Meets Sea -   New Zealand is surrounded by sea. Our coastlines and marine resources need care and protection. The Coastal Marine Group focuses on the Bay of Plenty – with a particular emphasis on the Rena shipwreck disaster.  This story is about where the land meets the sea. We have 15 134 km of coastline with extensive marine habitat. Land and sea are intricately linked, one impacting on the other – an ecosystem needing care and protection.

Where Land Meets Sea - NZ is surrounded by sea. Our coastlines and marine resources need care and protection. The Coastal Marine Group focuses on the Bay of Plenty – with a particular emphasis on the Rena shipwreck disaster.

Counting down to our Southwest Pacific Expedition - AUCKLAND MUSEUM BLOG

Counting down to our Southwest Pacific Expedition - AUCKLAND MUSEUM BLOG

Tsunamis and Surf -   Tsunamis are unique in their destructive power, but they share many features with other ocean waves. Learn how the two wave types differ, and how ocean waves of all kinds affect New Zealand’s coast.

Tsunamis and Surf - Tsunamis are unique in their destructive power, but they share many features with other ocean waves. Learn how the two wave types differ, and how ocean waves of all kinds affect New Zealand’s coast.

The Noisy Reef -   Learning how underwater animals use sound in their world  Travel under the waves to the reefs of New Zealand to explore sound and noise – what sound is, how it travels, what changes under water and how animals use it.

CONTEXT - The Noisy Reef - Learning how underwater animals use sound in their world - Travel under the waves to the reefs of New Zealand to explore sound and noise – what sound is, how it travels, what changes under water and how animals use it.

Fast facts about whales - AUCKLAND MUSEUM ANIMATION.

Fast facts about whales - AUCKLAND MUSEUM ANIMATION.

NZ Marine Life Database can be found on the NZ Marine Studies Centre web site. Photos, classification, information on ecology and habitat can be found.

NZ Marine Life Database can be found on the NZ Marine Studies Centre web site. Photos, classification, information on ecology and habitat can be found.

The Ocean in Action -   Diving into its chemical and physical processes  Meet New Zealand scientists studying the physical and chemical properties of the ocean, and explore the ocean’s role in transporting heat, water, salt and carbon around the Earth.

The Ocean in Action - Diving into its chemical and physical processes Meet New Zealand scientists studying the physical and chemical properties of the ocean, and explore the ocean’s role in transporting heat, water, salt and carbon around the Earth.


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Dr Miles Lamare, from the University of Otago, has always been fascinated by biology. In this video, he talks about becoming a marine scientist and some of his experiences working in amazing places around the world, including Antarctica.

RESOURCE SET: The 2012 the Waka Tapu set sail. Onboard, navigator Jack Thatcher and his crew had no modern navigation instruments - their mission was to 'close the Polynesian Triangle' with traditional navigation methods like their ancestors had done hundreds of years earlier. Join the crew on this extraordinary mission as they set sail from from New Zealand to Rapanui (Easter Island) and back.

The voyage of the Waka Tapu closed the Polynesian triangle. This confirmed that it is possible to successfully and deliberately travel great distances by canoe while navigating without instruments.

VIDEO. Associate Professor Rod Dunbar (University of Auckland) talks about working across traditional research disciplines (such as biology, chemistry and computer science) to create research that is adventurous, innovative and new.

Associate Professor Rod Dunbar (University of Auckland) talks about working across traditional research disciplines (such as biology, chemistry and computer science) to create research that is adventurous, innovative and new.

TEACHING RESOURCE. Nigel Latta is on a mission to discover how a real explosion differs from a movie explosion. He asks the question: "If it were a real explosion, could I still walk away in slow motion like an action movie hero?" Read the story and watch Nigel, as he shows that the biggest action heroes might just be those on a scientific mission!

Nigel Latta is on a mission to discover how a real explosion differs from a movie explosion. He asks the question: “If it were a real explosion, could I still walk away in slow motion like an action movie hero?

VIDEO. Atmospheric chemist Dr Katja Riedel from NIWA explains how she became an atmospheric chemist and why she is so enthusiastic about her adventurous career.

In this video Dr Katja Riedel of the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA) explains how she became an atmospheric chemist and why she is so enthusiastic about her career.

PERSON PROFILE. Nigel Latta loves adventure. He says it’s what first drew him to science. Nigel says, "“Science and scientists have the biggest adventures there are,” says Nigel. “There are pretend adventures – like in the movies – but there are people who have real adventures, and the real adventurers are the scientists.”

PERSON PROFILE. Nigel Latta loves adventure. He says it’s what first drew him to science. Nigel says, "“Science and scientists have the biggest adventures there are,” says Nigel. “There are pretend adventures – like in the movies – but there are people who have real adventures, and the real adventurers are the scientists.”

SCIENTIST PROFILE. Dr Miles Lamare is a Lecturer in the Department of Marine Science at the University of Otago in Dunedin. He says, "Working as a marine scientist is a big adventure. You can look at the Discovery Channel and see people doing this sort of thing but you can do it yourself if you really want to."

Position: Lecturer Field: Marine invertebrates Organisation: Department of Marine Science, University of Otago

SCIENTIST PROFILE. As a child, Dr Allan McInnes was interested in aircraft and spacecraft. How does a Kiwi kid go from dreaming about flight to working on the B-2 stealth bomber and the Mars exploration rovers?

Dr Allan McInnes: Senior lecturer, University of Canterbury

TEACHING RESOURCE. Fire is frightening. In New Zealand, we have a number of house fires, fuelled by the things we have in our houses. Our furniture is flammable and often causes fires to burn quickly and fiercely. Fire engineers Charley Fleischmann and Mike Spearpoint have been burning couches (in a carefully controlled fire lab!) and thinking carefully about ways they can help save people's lives.

In New Zealand, we have a number of house fires, fuelled by the things we have in our houses. Our furniture is flammable and often causes fires to burn quickly and fiercely.

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