Share your Stories of the Sea | WWF New Zealand
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Do you have an older person in your life with a knack for story-telling?
We want to hear from you!

Stories of the Sea is an opportunity for you to connect with a senior person – a grandparent, older relative, friend, neighbour – who may be missing your visits.

Give them a call and see if they have a story of the sea; a New Zealand ocean tale from when they were young!

Check out the story guidelines below, and sumbit the story using the form at the bottom of this page.

We’ll carefully choose three of these special stories and turn them into short animated videos!

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Story guidelines

  • Try to keep your story short and to-the-point! The animated videos will only be around 2 minutes each.
  • Stories must be from living memory – something experienced personally by your story-teller.
  • Local stories only, please! We want these ocean tales to be from experiences here in Aotearoa.
  • Stories in Te Reo Māori are absolutely encouraged!

How do I send you my story?

Fill in the submission form below to submit your story! You can either write it down, or upload an audio recording.

Story submissions close at 5pm on 12 May, 2020.

Once the submission period is closed and we’ve had a chance to review all the stories, we’ll be in touch.

If you have any questions, email
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An ocean context

Our unsustainable activities have had tragic consequences for our precious moana. We’ve seen a serious decline in ocean health over only one person's life-time. But it was not always this way!

There are people around today who still remember the sea as thriving and abundant. A healthy ocean was a reality only one generation ago! We must listen to our elders and learn from the past to ensure future generations can tell wonderful ocean stories to their own mokopuna.

We appreciate these stories may be very precious to you and your whānau.

Consent and trust are our priority - we will treat your Stories of the Sea with the respect they deserve.

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