21 Day Challenge 2021

Restoring Our Oceans

This 21 Day Challenge has ended. Thanks a lot for being a part of it!

You can still browse the schools and classrooms that participated and see their uploads and how much plastic they picked up!
Just head to the Browse tab and click on a school in the map or classroom in the leaderboard!

Big thanks to our 21 Day Challenge sponsors for 2021

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!
The Bobby Stafford-Busch Foundation
Kelly Tarlton's Sealife
Wright Family Foundation
G.I.F.T Fund

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21 Day Challenge 2021

Restoring Our Oceans

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