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Welcome to the December edition of the Mm2 Newsletter.  We have lots to tell you about!

How many creatures live on your shore?

The summer holidays are coming up ... it's a great time to go down to your local shore and carry out an MM2 survey. 

Login to the Mm2 website and download a survey sheet

Keep safe!

When you are on the shore, always be aware of what the sea is doing so you don't get caught out by incoming tides or big waves, and keep an eye on your children at all times.

New Mm2 mobile app

We've developed a mobile app so you can look up animals and plants and enter information about what you find in your metre square whilst you are on the shore!

Go to to download the app.

It is still in test phase, so let us know how you get on.

The Collins Field Guide to the NZ Seashore

Check out this brand new guide - it is full of wonderful photographs and information about the habitat and behaviour of New Zealand's intertidal plants and animals. 

The Collins Field Guide to the NZ Seashore not only assists with identification of more than 350 species living in the intertidal zones, but explains how these animals survive.  From snails and sea stars, to bivalves and brachiopods, each has its own section in the book, making it easy to use.

It's in all good bookshops now, and would make a great Christmas present!

Win a book!

The Mm2 project has been underway for almost 5 years and we are keen to learn more about the people that have or have not engaged with the project.  Please help us by completing a survey, and you can choose to go into a draw to win a copy of the Colins Field Guide to the NZ Seashore!  The survey will take less than 5 minutes to complete and we would value feedback from all.
Take the survey and enter the draw!

New resource in te reo Māori

Maori colouring book

Our popular educational colouring book: The Rocky Shore Who Eats Who has been translated into te reo Māori.

Copies of "Te Ākau Pōhatuhatu: Ka kai ā wai i ā wai?" are now available from the NZ Marine Studies Centre free of charge (though there is a small fee for postage and packing. Download the order form.

Alternately a PDF file is available on our website, along with several other resources, including our shore guides, in te reo Māori.
Download a PDF copy of the book

Start planning for Seaweek 2018

Seaweek – Kaupapa Moana 2018 - will take place from Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 March 2018. The theme will be “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”.

If you would like to organise an event for Seaweek 2018 or get your school or community group involved please contact the National Coordinator.

To see what is happening in your region for Seaweek 2018 – check out our What’s On pages. Events will be uploaded as we receive them.  You will also find resources on the Seaweek website.

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Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday from the Marine Metre Squared team.

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