Seabirds, Shearwaters, Science & Sea Week

A full article on the ‘Kaikoura Seabirds, Shearwaters, Science and Sea Week’ is available here (see page 6-8): Birds of NZ – 2014



Saturday 5th April 2014 – Morning

9.00 am Maori Tours – 20% off

Please book direct on 03 3195567 or email

9.15 am Photography workshop 

With birdlife photographer Peter Langlands, cost $25.

Meet in Dolphin Mary room at Encounter Kaikoura.

Book direct at or Ph: 027 4501 916

9.15 am Walk with local seabird advocates

Facilitated by Phil Bradfield and Friends of HSCT.

Meet at Point Kean, the Seal Colony car park.

9.30 am Albatross Encounter – 20% off

Book direct at or Ph: 03 319 6777.


Saturday 5th April 2014 – Afternoon

12.45 pm Lectures and Presentations – Memorial Hall, Supper Room – Koha

Guest Speakers:

1.00 pm Chris P. Gaskin 

Seabird Conservation Advocate. “Important Areas for New Zealand’s Seabirds: Kaikoura”.

1.30 pm Karen A.Baird 

Seabird Conservation Advocate. “Threats to NZ seabirds globally and nationally”.

2.00 pm Graeme Taylor

Seabird Scientist from DoC. “Conservation of New Zealand’s threatened seabirds – new insights about our poorly known oceanic birds”.

2.30 pm Afternoon tea break

3.00 pm Paul Scofield 

Senior Curator Vertebrates, Canterbury Museum. “The Albatross of the Chatham Islands: tourists to Kaikoura”.

3.30 pm Andrew Cutler

President Forest & Bird “What next for ocean governance: collaboration or crisis?”


Saturday 5th April 2014 – Evening 

5.30 pm Movies, Mix and Mingle – Mayfair Theatre Theatre tickets: $25 – door sales may be limited Tickets available online at or from Kaikoura i-SITE.

Proceeds to Seaward Lions of Kaikoura and HSCT.

Drinks, Food and Social Hour.

Wine kindly sponsored by Peter Yealands Wines.

6.30 pm Opening: Brett Cowan of Takahanga Marae & DoC Kaikoura followed by HSCT spokesperson.

Guest Speakers: 

Winston Gray Mayor of Kaikoura.

Colin King MP.

Ruud Kleinpaste Bugman, Birdman, Ecologist.

Movie: “The Mystery Bird” – Geoff Harrow

Registration and ticket purchase here >>


Sunday 6th April 2014 – Morning

6.45 am Haere Ra Nga Titi – Farewell to Hutton’s

Gather at South Bay Reserve

7.00 am 

Prompt departure on Kaikoura Peninsula coastal track to Te Rae o Atiu / Kaikoura Peninsula colony.

If mobility is limited please advise by email in order to arrange transport to colony. 

8.30 am 

Breakfast at Memorial Hall supper room for bacon butties!

9.30 am Kaikoura Seabirds Guest Speakers

Phil Bradfield Hutton’s scientific update (HSCT Trustee & DoC representative).

Nicky McArthur Hutton’s education update (HSCT Trustee).

Lindsay Rowe, Jody Weir Little Penguins of Kaikoura (HSCT Trustee, Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute).

Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura Kaikoura Coastal Guardians Members update.

11.00 am 

Ruud Kleinpaste Birdman, Bugman & Ecologist.

“The value of all living things”

11.30 am 

Lou Sanson Director General of the Department of Conservation. “Community conservation – NZ last discovered really precious – why it really matters”.

Sunday 6th April 2014 – Afternoon

12.30 pm Free – Seaweek family music and activity event

Adjacent to Memorial Hall.

Run by Brett Cowan, DoC Kaikoura and Creation Care Study Programme.

Please RSVP to to indicate your attendance to:

• Saturday morning walk

• Saturday afternoon presentations

• Saturday evening at the Mayfair Theatre – $25

• Sunday morning Farewell and breakfast