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This regionally and nationally recognised project aims to discover and document the subtidal rocky reef communities found in the South Taranaki Bight. Initially focusing on one target reef (approx. 11km offshore and depth of approx. 23metres), a number of surveys will be conducted throughout the year allowing us to capture the ecological variance across seasons. A range of basic scientific methods will be employed by local community groups to survey the reef.

Partners in the Project are: South Taranaki Underwater Club, Hawera High School, Patea Area School, Te Kaahui o Rauru and Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui Trust.

Our 8-year old grandson came out of [Project Reef's] talk fizzing and so much more knowledgable about his natural environment. Thank you for that gift.

 - Keith Whanganui Project Reef Talk Attendee

Core Values

Accountable, Scientifically robust, Innovative, Collaborative, Community Focused

Our Vision

Using S.T.E.A.M, this project helps in creating a repository of knowledge about subtidal rocky reef communities found in the South Taranaki Bight, for now, and into the future.

"[Project Reef] is full of colour and sea life, it deserves everyone knowing about it!" - Patea School Student


Educators, Divers, Fishermen, Scientists, Engineers, Designers, Filmmakers... the list goes on!

The team that brings the project reef to the surface is extensive!

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