Kapiti Economic Development Association KEDA

Kāpiti Marine Education, Research and Activity Centre

Kāpiti Marine Education, Research and Activity Centre

KEDA is providing project support to The Guardians of Kāpiti Marine Reserve (GoKMR) to consider the feasibility of establishing a community marine education, research and activity centre near the beachfront in Raumati.

It is proposed that this centre would include 3 main areas of business/operation as follows:

  1. A public marine discovery center including:
    • Aquariums, wet/touch tanks, a virtual marine reserve dive experience and interactive displays about marine conservation and the local marine environment
    • ECE, primary and secondary school and community environmental, marine and freshwater conservation education programs
    • Waka ama and starlight/celestial navigation education and activities
  2. Tertiary level education and research facility offering:
    • Graduate and Postgraduate level marine research programmes
    • Mātauranga Māori studies
  3. Marine research laboratory facilities which could host:
    • Marine laboratory & aquaculture research projects
    • Ocean acidification, coastal erosion and sedimentation impacts and monitoring

Skills Gap: Project management, architectural design, feasibility studies, funding applications, stakeholder liaison.

Project Leader: Ben Knight

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