Saving Our Seas

Monday, February 29, 2016
Children check out the aquatic life under the museum's pontoon

No water - no life… Poor water - poor life…

Did you know that:

  • Oceans are home to the greatest diversity of life on the planet;
  • Oceans cover approximately 70% of the earth’s surface ;
  • The measure of salt in our blood is the same as the oceans;
  • Oceans provide approximately 80% of the air we breathe;
  • Oceans absorb approximately 80% of climate change heat; and 50 times more carbon than the atmosphere;
  • Oceans are the main source of protein for 1 in 4 people worldwide.

We rely on the oceans for everything from oxygen to food to medicines. The world’s oceans are our last great unknown adventure on earth.


One of the single most important actions we can take to ensure a sustainable future is to be informed so that we can act responsibly. Museums play an important role in informing and inspiring action. Many have collections that may include everything from examples of marine life and geology to archives and social history objects that represent lessons of the past. Museums have access to experts and skilled interpreters of these collections. We are tasked with working with communities to ensure they have access to this knowledge; to give them a neutral space for debate and decision making.

Our sustainable environments learning programmes are very popular. We draw on our collections and our place on the waterfront to inspire wonder of the oceans and hope for the future. The life under and around our Museum is incredible and diverse! We are working towards have mobile sea-life communities that we can take out to schools who are unable to access our programmes on site. Some of our mussels have recently been relocated to Okahu Bay as part of the mussel reef restoration project. Perhaps the most popular member of our onsite underwater community is Bonzo the ancient Parore.  Bonzo has quite a history with the Museum tracking back to one of our past volunteers Winsome. It has been said that he would come to Winsome’s call each day helped by a handful of bread crumbs. Sadly Winsome is no longer with us but Bonzo and his family are! We will keep working to ensure our oceans are a safe home for Bonzo and his future generations.