In Praise of Adventure - Dionne Christian | NZ Herald September 20 2014

In Praise of Adventure - Dionne Christian | NZ Herald
Riley and Steve Hathaway. Photo / Richard RobinsonRiley and Steve Hathaway. Photo / Richard Robinson

In the water


Father and daughter underwater cameraman Steve Hathaway and young ocean explorer Riley Hathaway, 13, love getting out and seeing the country. As a youngster, if Steve and his siblings got bored, their science teacher father would assign them mini natural history projects to work on.

Steve and Riley have just filmed the second series of the Young Ocean Explorer TV show where Riley meets various marine biologists and scientists. Both recommend the Goat Island marine reserve at Leigh but say waters off nearby Tawharanui Regional Park are equally as spectacular. As the country's first open sanctuary where conservation, recreation and farming are integrated there's a great variety of land-based flora and fauna to discover too, exciting to budding ornithologists.

Riley also recommends Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium as a calming place where kids are gently introduced to the marine environment. Take the time to read the information and you'll learn loads, she says.

To find projects to get involved with, check out naturewatch where you'll find researchers looking for ordinary people to join their "citizen science" projects: help collect data, monitor animal, bird or insect populations, or participate in species counts.