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Image: Kevin Bone

Taranaki’s ocean environment is home to colourful sea slugs, gardens of sponges, swarms of plankton and dozens of marine mammal species.

In this thought-provoking lesson students will learn about different marine life that live on and off the coast of Taranaki and the impact human activity is having on our oceans. 

Exploration time will be had in the immersive Reef Alive! exhibition which includes an exploratorium, replica research boat, plankton wall, dress up costumes and a spectacular diorama (3d model) of reef life.  

A lesson with a stronger focus on Climate Change can be provided on request.      

Key Questions:

Q) What are some of the common reef animals found along the Taranaki coastline?

Q) What are some of the different kinds of research being conducted off the Taranaki coast?

Q) How are the actions of people damaging the oceans and what can be done to stop this?


How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.

Arthur C. Clarke

Puke Ariki Museum
Terms 1, 2, 3, 4
Year level
1 hour and 15 minutes
Free for Taranaki schools, $5 per students for schools outside of Taranaki
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