Seaweek is approaching, with plenty of events to teach children and adults alike about marine sustainability.

The event provides special opportunities to experience and learn more about the diversity and significance of the ocean.

It is the only nationwide event dedicated to learning from the sea and developing a better understanding of what sustainability might mean in the marine world.

Seaweek regional co-ordinator Angelina Smith-McBrydie said environmental issues are everyone's issues, but not many people know how they can make a difference.

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She said Seaweek is about exciting and inspiring all New Zealanders to renew their connections with the sea, to get to know our ocean, its habitats, characteristics and inhabitants better.

"Last year the preschool children from Levin had lots of fun performing in our variety concert held at the library, showcasing some songs and wearable art they created," she said. "Forest and Bird put up a display, and members of the public lent maritime vessels to display at Te Takere over the week."

Mrs Smith-McBrydie has put together a few events for Seaweek running from March 3-11.

She said the goal was to involve and inspire as many sectors of the community as possible.

The theme of this year's Seaweek is Toiora te Moana, Toiora te Tangata - Healthy Seas, Healthy People.

From March 3-11 there will be an art display about Seaweek and the oceans at Levin's Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po.

All children and adults are invited to create a piece of artwork to be displayed relating to the theme "healthy seas, healthy people".

This could include collage, photography, poems, drawings or anything that can be pinned to the wall.

If you or your organisation would like to be involved, contact Deborah Macdonald on (06) 368 1953 or email deborahM@tetakere.org.nz.

As well as these events Mrs Smith-McBrydie is hoping to approach cafes in the area to commit to going plastic straw free, for Seaweek and hopefully beyond.

This follows the example of Elisa Leach who came up with the idea of "Plastic straw free Rangiora".

She said Whispers, a local café, is already planning to go plastic straw free to help the environment and they will be using straws made from plant products as an alternative.

"If one café in Levin can do it, I am sure other cafes could follow," she said.

"It is big companies that we might have issues with like McDonald's and KFC that might prove difficult, but it is a challenge worth taking on."

EVENTS:
Saturday, March 3, 3pm, Beach Clean-up at Waiterere.
Meet at the Surf club for a debrief, plastic bag and gloves (provided).
Then meet back at a well-deserved barbecue. If interested in attending as a school or a family please contact Dominique (06) 3672014 for catering purposes.

Sunday, March 4, 11am-3pm, Children's Day Seaweek Colouring Encounter at Levin Adventure Park.
Come along to children's day and grab a sea themed picture to colour in and display at Te Takere.

Wednesday, March 7, 10.30am - Pre-school variety show at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po.
Take along your wearable art, or give a performance, or just head along to watch.

Saturday, March 10, 3pm - Stringbean puppeteer to perform at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po.
Come along and be entertained by this amazing performer as she tells a wonderful story through puppets: The Penguin and the Sea Monster. There is no cost for this show, and it is suitable to all age groups.

Sunday, March 11, 10am-4pm, art in the park stall.
This is an opportunity to buy arts and crafts with a Seaweek theme from people who have displayed artwork at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po.

Sunday, March 11, 2pm, Variety Show at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-po.
This is for all school aged children, adults, and any of the preschoolers that would like to perform or show case their wearable arts. There is a range of activities for the variety club that can be considered from wearable art or any performing art genre; song singing, poem reading, storytelling that fits the theme.