Sea Cleaners Piritahi Marae day experience

An experience that will connect you with the waters, the islands and the tangata whenua (hosts) of Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour. Not only will you be making a positive impact to this unique environment, but you will also be able to take with you the insights and learnings of how the Māori care for the land and the ocean (moana).

Your valuable work (or mahi) today involves working with the non-profit Sea Cleaners team, collecting plastic from the water and shorelines of the harbour.

Your morning work will conclude at the picturesque Te Hurihi Bay on Waiheke Island, home of the Piritahi marae.

Members of the marae will meet you and welcome you onto the marae where you will participate in a powhiri and enjoy lunch (kai) incorporating local fresh produce prepared on the marae.


Details of the tour:

6.30am Meet at the Sea Cleaners check-in kiosk, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

Sea Cleaners is a non-profit environmental company dedicated to cleaning plastic and other rubbish from our oceans and waterways.

A Sea Cleaners represented will discuss the plan for the morning and provide education around the global plastic issue and the affect it is having on our oceans and sea life.  

7.00am Depart with Sea Cleaners on one of their specially adapted vessels

Spend the morning helping their team collect plastic from selected locations in the harbour

Midday Arrive at Te Hurihi Bay on Waiheke Island

Here you will be met by the local hau kāinga who will prepare to welcome you onto the Piritahi marae. Before you say farewell to Sea Cleaners there will be a chance to share thoughts around your work today and the importance of the ocean and of environmental wellbeing. This subject will be developed further as you learn more about mātauranga Māori, the traditional concepts and knowledge that are linked to sustainability.

Entering Piritahi marae you will experience a traditional powhiri, followed by lunch in the whare kai. (dining room)

2.30pm Transfer by Potiki Adventures to the Fullers Ferry Terminal

3.00pm Travel by ferry back to Auckland City

3.45pm Arrive Auckland.