An Epic Voyage Through Our Changing Seas

On July 6, 2017, the museum hosted the programme "An Epic Voyage through our Changing Seas", organised by Plankton Planet.

The non-profit organisation brought together experts in Māori waka and sailing tradition with international scientists from New Zealand, France, and the USA for a series of presentations and discussions with the audience. It was an evening of discovery combining Māori heritage, new developments in marine research, and images of oceanic plankton. The audience was transported through an epic intellectual and visual voyage across our changing oceans with captivating stories from traditional waka to the innovations in modern oceanographic research into planktonecosystems and the critical challenges facing our blue planet.

Videos of the event can be viewed below.

Welcome and Introductions 

Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr, Te Toki Voyaging Trust, Hanui - The First Maori Navigators Exploration and Knowledge Through Time

Dilys John, University of Auckland  - Conserving 14th to 19th Century Canoes in Satellite Facilities Around Aoteroa, NZ


Dr Colomban de Vargas, Roscoff Marine Research Station and Founder Plankton Planet, France - Plankton Planet: Citizen Scientists taking the Pulse of our Ocean


Dr Emmanual Boss, University of Maine, USA - Using the Ocean's Colour to Study Plankton.

Dr Mick Follows, MIT, USA - Challenges in Predicting Ocean Change

Dr Manu Prakash, Stanford University, USA - Imaging and Imagining: Open Explorations of the Microcosmos

Jacob Anderson, Sir Peter Blake Trust - The Sir Peter Blake Legacy