Welcome to Changing Tides | Tai Tōrua! A webinar series for ocean resilience, brought to you by WWF-New Zealand and the Department of Conservation | Te Papa Atawhai.

This online series brings together diverse ocean voices from Aotearoa and around the world to discuss protecting the future of our ocean.

Hosted by actress and conservationist, Elisabeth Easther, Changing Tides tackles the serious issues facing our moana, and the impacts of climate change on our marine environment. Over a thousand viewers tuned in live, and you can watch the recorded episodes below!

Check them out!


🌊Joe Harawira, Department of Conservation
🌊Dr Tom Trnski, Auckland Museum
🌊 Di Tracey, NIWA
In our first episode, we learn about the way Māori view all species - from the tiniest organisms to the blue whale - as having mauri, wairua, mana, and tapu. We hear about some of the risks facing our biodiversity, and the importance of developing measures to look after our connected ocean system.
We also have an awesome korero with members of the public, about issues like how we reconcile the importance of ocean conservation with getting a feed for the whānau.


🌊Professor Huhana Smith, Massey University
🌊Dr Richard Levy, GNS Science
🌊Dr Carolyn Lundquist, NIWA; University of Auckland
In Episode 2, we learn about some of the serious impacts climate change has on our marine environment. We hear about global trends, particularly in change of temperature and CO2 levels, and what these changes have meant for our precious marine species.
We also hear how coastal communities in the Horowhenua have merged Māori culture, art, and design with science to plan for future climate impacts. More great input from our online audience - including a challenging query about the impact of COVID-19 for the marine environment.


🌊Karl Warr, Better Fishing
🌊Leana Barriball, Parliamentary Commission for the Environment
🌊Jeroen Jongejans, Dive! Tutukaka
🌊Dr Libby Liggins, Massey University
🌊Kirsty Woods, Te Ohu Kaimoana
🌊James Frankham, New Zealand Geographic
This episode, we do things a little differently – rather than a structured presentation from each speaker, we bring together some ocean experts for a more informal panel discussion.
Our panellists explore climate change impacts for iwi and the fisheries sector in Aotearoa, and economic implications for marine-related businesses. We also learn about species relationships to place and how temperature changes can have drastic consequences for biodiversity, as well as the concept of kaitiakitanga as a reciprocal relationship. All in just the first 20 minutes!


🌊Brendan Flack, Kāti Huirapa
🌊Dr Nick Shears, The University of Auckland
🌊Samara Nicholas, Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust
In episode 4, we explore the different types of Marine Protected Areas, and what we have learned from them. Despite the fact that New Zealand has the world's fourth largest EEZ, we have less than 1% of our ocean fully protected! We also hear more about the principals of kaitiakitanga and what it means to have inherited stewardship in a changing world.


🌊Sheridan Waitai, Ngāti Kurī
🌊 Te Atarangi Sayers, Motiti Rohemoana
🌊Kura Paul-Burke, University of Waikato
🌊Ludovic Burns Tuki, Te Mau o te Vaikava o Rapa Nui
🌊Jacqueline Blake, Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve
This particular episode is truly special.
On World Ocean Day 2020, we explore how cultural diversity relates to biodiversity, the fact that our young people must be included in environmental innovation, and that the marginalisation of indigenous people all over the world is inextricably linked to the degradation of ocean health.
Due to the slightly longer run time, we were able to answer a lot more questions from our live audience than usual, which led to some fascinating - and at times, very moving - discussions.


🌊Dr Alison Green, Red Sea Research Center - Saudi Arabia
This episode, Elisabeth is joined by just one speaker. Ali zooms in live from Brisbane, and she shares with us her extensive knowledge and experience developing MPA design guidelines.
We learn that not only can Marine Protected Areas protect biodiversity, but they can also benefit and support coastal communities. Ali discusses how her work in the past has adapted changes in climate and ocean chemistry, and the importance of involving key stakeholders in transparent discussions when setting up an MPA.
We also hear about some fascinating work she has implemented in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, and how these practices and systems could also work here in Aotearoa!


🌊John Tanzer, WWF International
🌊Dr Leanne Fernandes, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
🌊Alfred Ralifo, WWF Pacific
In our seventh, and final episode, we learn about the wonderful work Alfred has done with indigenous communities with the Great Sea Reef Programme, and Leanne takes us through her 10-steps of developing a national-scale Marine Spatial Plan. We also heard about the lessons John learnt through the rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and some of the broader implications this project had.
As always, our live Zoom audience was very active in the Q &A chat, and our speakers did an awesome job at answering some big questions.


🌊Moana Tamaariki-Pohe
🌊Dr Peter Longdill
🌊Harry Burkhardt
🌊Prof John Montgomery
🌊Barry Torkington
The People's Choice episode is a live panel discussion and the topic was suggested and voted on by our previous webinar participants! Protecting our Marine Environment in Aotearoa: what are the challenges, issues, and opportunities?
For this extra special session, Elisabeth is joined by a new member of our Tai Tōrua team – Katherine Short. Katherine helps to facilitate this critical panel discussion about working together to build a healthy, resilient ocean for generations to come.

Changing Tides | Tai Tōrua was made possible by support from the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project and DOC’s Biodiversity 2018 Programme.