Seaweek Events & Competitions

Seaweek 2023

Big Beach Dig

Date/Time: Sunday 5 March 2023, 11am -12pm
Venue: Caroline Bay Beach

This family-friendly event, run by MediaWorks / The Breeze radio station coincides with Childrens Day.

Turn up at Caroline Bay with your shovels to dig for prizes.There are 3 age groups (under 5’s, 5-8yrs, and 9-12yrs), each age group will have 30-40 ice cream sticks buried in their roped-off area. There are prizes for the first child who finds the golden stick in each age group.

Library Seaweek Storytime & Craft

Timaru Library Storytimes:

Monday 6 March, 4.00pm - 4.30pm - Super Story Monday  (suitable for primary aged children)
Friday 10 March, 11.30am - 12.00 noon -  Storytime Friday (suitable for preschoolers)

Timaru Library Craft Station:  Shark & Fish Puppet Making

Available from Saturday 4th - Sunday 12th of March. Drop in anytime during opening hours.

Temuka & Geraldine Libraries Storytime & Craft

Wednesday 8 March, 10.30am - 11.30am (suitable for preschoolers)

Blue Penguin Display at the South Canterbury EcoCentre

Date/Time: Thursday 9 March 2023, 3pm - 5pm
Venue: South Canterbury Eco Centre, 55C Redruth Street, Timaru

Learn about Little Blue Penguins and preventing ocean pollution at the South Canterbury Eco Centre open afternoon. It is also a great chance to have a look around the Eco Centre.

Seaweek at the Museum

Date: Saturday 4th - Sunday 12th of March during opening hours
Venue: South Canterbury Museum, Perth Street, Timaru.

Quiz books available for kids
Competition: Take part in the "what is that?" challenge - prize to be won!

Waitarakao Washdyke Lagoon Open Day and Free Sausage Sizzle

  • Where:    Waitarakao Lagoon, access off Bridge Road, Smithfield, Timaru. Please park before the railway bridge and walk across to access.
  • When:   Drop in anytime between 12 noon and 3 pm Saturday 11 March 2023
  • What to bring:  Please wear appropriate footwear for walking on beach/gravel tracks.  Weather appropriate clothing, sunscreen or coats. Optional: binoculars
  • What’s happening:  The event will highlight the important and interesting features of the lagoon environment:
    • - Exploration of the rockpools in the volcanic basalt reef
    • - Interactive displays of fish species including tuna/eel and the lagoon ecosystem
    • - Information about the amazing birdlife
    • - A summary of key natural hazards like coastal erosion impacting the lagoon
    • - Demonstrations about predators impacting the lagoon and initiatives to control these
    • - An opportunity to share your experiences, interactions and stories about the lagoon
    • - And to fuel all this activity, there will also be a free sausage sizzle! Please come along, bring the family, and invite your staff or neighbours to drop in and see us – everyone is welcome.

Eco-friendly Car Wash

Date/Time: Sunday 12 March 2023, 10.00am-12.00pm 
Venue: Timaru Library carpark, Bank Street, Timaru

This is an opportunity to demonstrate an eco-friendly way to clean a car.
Get your car washed and donate to a great cause.
$5 entry (cash only) - all proceeds go to the CPlay Playground Project. Last cars to enter by 11.45am.

Photography competition

Competition: Snap a pic of either:

  • you and your family participating in a Seaweek event or
  • anything connected to the sea: e.g. wondrous waves, sensational sea creatures, ocean beauty ,or threats to our marine environment.

Post the photo on Facebook or Instagram (your account must be public to count as an entry) using the hashtag #seaweektimaru.
Or you can send your photo to: Entries must be received by midnight, Sunday 12 March 2023.

Prizes: We’ll select a few of our favourite shots, and may display them online and around town, with the winning photographer’s name displayed. In addition to bragging rights, one lucky photographer will win a double movie pass to MovieMaxx.

Terms and Conditions: The Seaweek Timaru 2023 Photo Competition is run by Timaru District Council.  Prizes are stated as above. Winners will be drawn randomly and announced on the Timaru District Council Website.  Timaru District Council (the promoter) reserve the right to randomly select and announce the winners at their discretion, no correspondence will be entered into. If the winner can not be contacted or fails to collect the prize within 10 working days, Timaru District Council reserves the right to redraw the prize. The prizes are not redeemable for cash.  The competition is open to NZ residents of any age. Timaru District Council reserves the right to amend, vary, extend or discontinue the promotion at any stage, for any reason.  To the fullest extent permitted by law Timaru District Council will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever (including but not limited to direct or consequential loss) or for personal injury as a result of challenge entry or winning any challenge prizes. All entries become the property of Timaru District Council and may be shared and used for promotional purposes. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or any other Social Network.

Science Talk: "Shark Spy: Recording our Marine Life" by Rob Lewis

Date/Time: Tuesday 7 March 2023, 7pm
Venue: Ara Institute, Arthur Street, Timaru (Room TG105-106 in G Block)

To find out more about Rob Lewis and the Shark Spy project check out this YouTube clip.

Regional Poetry Competition

Got some keen young writers in your household? Encourage them to enter the Seaweek poetry competition. Eligible for all tamariki from pre-school/ECE age group up to Year 13.

Write a poem that reflects the theme of Seaweek and submit by midnight Friday 10 March 2023.

Entries can be in English or Te Reo. For more details, or to submit your poem, visit the the Environment Canterbury website.

Judging will take place between 13-17 March, with the winners notified shortly after. Winning entries will be displayed from the 20-27 March on Facebook + the Write On website.


Last updated: 28 Feb 2023