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21 Day Challenge

Restoring Our Oceans

Plastic collected

Can each student collect 1+ pieces of plastic per day for 21 days?

13200 students collected 130014 pieces of plastic . That's 0.5 pieces of plastic per student per day!

Big thanks to our 21 Day Challenge sponsors

Check out these amazing prizes for participating schools, classes and students. Thanks to Panasonic and SeaLife Kelly Tarlton’s for their generosity in providing them!

21 Days Towards Restoring the Hauraki Gulf


Integrated curriculum teaching resource for years 1-8 that can be used as part of guided inquiry.

Curriculum details

90 minute lessons

Fully prepared for you.

  • Designed by teachers for teachers
  • World class videos and learning resources
  • Easily adaptable to a full 21 day inquiry
View the class schedule

Real world stories

Inspiring stories from real NZders. Explore:

  • Their ideas for solutions to issues.
  • The steps they took.
  • The difference they made.

Skills for life

Empower students with a toolbox of skills and perspectives to support their well-being in a chaotic world.

Educate. Motivate. Activate

Activate your school_name into action regarding sustainability, and share a digital outcome at the end of 21 Days.

Clean communities, clean oceans

Collect 1+ pieces of plastic per day per student to make a tangible difference to our local ocean environment.

“ This is an unique opportunity for learners to engage with scientists, experts and each other, while at the same time helping and learning more about our marine environment ... What a great model for learning”

- Jill Corkin, MNZM – Retired Principal & Past President of Auckland Primary Principal’s Association.

Curriculum Areas

  • Science - engaging with science, data gathering, use evidence, critique evidence, interpreting data.
  • Te Ao Māori - te reo (language), tikanga (Customs and traditional values).
  • Digital Curriculum - designing and developing digital outcomes.
  • Maths - data gathering, graphing, number, measurement, statistics.
  • English - oral language, writing, reading.
  • The Arts - performing arts, music.
  • Health - ”Attitudes and values – a positive, responsible attitude on the part of students to their own well-being; respect, care, and concern for other people and the environment; and a sense of social justice.”
  • Social Sciences - gaining knowledge, skills and experience to “understand how places influence people and people influence places.”
  • Education for sustainability - “Education for sustainability is about learning to think and act in ways that will safeguard the future wellbeing of people and our planet. Students taking informed action to address issues of sustainability and participate in creating a sustainable future is the core of education for sustainability.”

Who is participating?

When the challenge starts on 15 Feb 2021, teachers can enter the plastic collected by their class to show here.

Class contributions

SchoolClass nameDays participatedTotal piecesPieces per student per dayDigital Uploads

Big thanks to our 21 Day Challenge sponsors

Check out these amazing prizes for participating schools, classes and students. Thanks to Panasonic and SeaLife Kelly Tarlton’s for their generosity in providing them!

What is the 21 Day Challenge?

What is the 21 Day Challenge?

  • 21 Days of learning, thinking, creating and action to engage and empower students to care for the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park / Ko te Pātaka kai o Tīkapa Moana Te Moananui-ā-Toi.
  • Each lesson should take approx 90 mins - there are ideas for extension if you would like to delve deeper. Each lesson is integrated across curriculum areas.
  • At the end choose the best video from your class to send to Young Ocean Explorers to be in to win your class a prize!

Overall aims and objectives

  • To encourage an increased knowledge of the ocean, particularly the Hauraki Gulf.
  • To build an understanding of the importance of the ocean to many people in various ways.
  • To think about kaitiakitanga and care for our ocean

21 Day Challenge Overview

The challenge will run from 15 Feb 2021 - 15 Mar 2021.

Register to view detailed class plans, videos, and resources for each day.


Each child picks up 1+ pieces of plastic for 21 days Observe progress towards a goal in graphs. Can we make a difference to our local environment?


Kaitiaki – Why is the ocean important? How can we look after it?

DAYS 2-6
The wonders of the Hauraki Gulf

Meet our beautiful ocean creatures, the importance of conserving their habitat.

  • Tohorā / Whales
  • Ngā manu / Birds
  • Ika / Fish and Rimurapa / Kelp
  • Aihe / Dolphins and visiting creatures (Manta Rays and Turtles)
  • Marine Reserves
DAYS 7-10
Hope Stories

The issues facing our ocean, and stories of people who are making a difference.

  • Kina barrens and overfishing
  • Invasive Species
  • Plastic Pollution
  • Sedimentation
  • Hope stories
DAY 11
Taking action

Explore how to get involved, educate others, and create change.

DAY 12-19
Amplifying your message

Research, plan, and create a way of sharing knowledge and encouraging others to become Kaitiaki too.

DAY 20-21
Sharing and celebrating