About Us

YOUNG OCEAN EXPLORERS

Our aim is to get kids the world over enthused about the beauty and diversity of our marine life.

In Young Ocean Explorers, Steve and his daughter Riley present a captivating series of stories about what happens when a teenager comes face to face with the marine animals we’re all curious about, such as stingrays, orca, and turtles. Thanks to a well-connected Dad there is an expert on hand to answer questions and make the experience extra-special: if you’re going to go orca-spotting, why not take along the world's orca expert, Dr Ingrid Visser?

It’s a winning combination: Riley’s got the questions and the teenage-cred, and Steve’s got the boat and underwater know-how. Together, they take us on a journey that has never been previously imagined: a fun, accessible glimpse into the world of New Zealand’s incredible underwater species.

YOUNG OCEAN EXPLORERS STORY – HOW DID IT START?

Young Ocean Explorers actually came about through Riley's school project! She produced, well…..actually  "we" produced!! an interview with a turtle expert about the issue of sea turtles eating plastic. Using my underwater footage cut together with her interview, everyone at her school loved it!

Seeing the response of so many kids, my mind started reeling with what a powerful tool this could be to inspire them about the magnificence of the underwater world and to get them emotionally engaged with it

I asked Riley, "Would you like to make more of these videos?" She replied enthusiastically "YES!”, Instantly firing back “We could do.… Sharks, Orca, Maui's dolphins…" and Young Ocean Explorers was born!

Since then it's been an incredible journey for my wife Jo and our family. To cut a long story short, we received some funding from a ‘Dragons Den’ type contest, where I pitched the Young Ocean Explorers idea and won, and also the Environmental Initiative Fund from the Auckland City Council as well as self-funding to produce the 10 episodes.

Since then we have also completed Series 2 with another 10 episodes.

 

93 Percent

With 93% of New Zealand's territory being under water and more than 570 million hectares of diverse marine environment, 21 times the size of our land mass our biodiversity is both special and highly vulnerable.
Our rich and complex marine environment is subtropical to subantarctic and contains over 15,000 known species. Scientists estimate that there may be as many as 65,000 marine species in New Zealand waters. Our isolation means that many of these species are not found anywhere else in the world.
Scientists estimate that as much as 80% of New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity may be found in the sea. Yet less than 1% of our marine environment has ever been surveyed. On average, seven new marine species are identified every fortnight.
Young Ocean Explorers are on a mission to inspire a generation of young people to love and care for our oceans. 
Join Steve & Riley as they explore our shore lines and vast oceans.