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An up and coming volunteering star from Whakatū


Tasman Bay Guardians and EMR volunteer Penny Blossom
Tasman Bay Guardians and EMR volunteer Penny Blossom

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Penny tōku ingoa

Nō Aotearoa, nō Ingarangi, nō Airangi, nō Weiri hoki ōku tipuna

I tipu take au ki Whakatū

E noho ana au ki Wakapuaka

Nō reira tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa


Kia ora my name is Penny Blossom, I am 13 years old and live in sunny Nelson with my whānau.


I love the ocean and have spent my whole life playing in and on the water, mostly at my favourite place Rotokura - Cable Bay.

When I’m submerged I feel relieved, like I’m home. Some of my best memories have been swimming with dolphins and finding a yellow seahorse!!


Penny loves the ocean
Penny loves the ocean

Over the years I’ve participated in several community and school snorkel events and this year I got to join the Tasman Bay Guardians EMR crew as one of the support snorkel guides at Cable Bay and Kaikōura.


I find it really fun sharing my love of the sea with others especially teaching them how to duck dive and helping them discover creatures they haven’t seen before.



Penny Blossom snorkelling through rimurimu forests - Lorna Doogan
Penny Blossom snorkelling through rimurimu forests - Lorna Doogan

The Experiencing Marine Reserves team have been really welcoming and supportive so I’m excited about volunteering more in the future and growing my knowledge. I plan to study marine biology and conservation when I finish college and until then will continue to create ocean inspired art and music and keep daydreaming about swimming with whale sharks.


The Kaikōura Snorkel Day crew - Lorna Doogan
The Kaikōura Snorkel Day crew - Lorna Doogan

 

Thank you so much Penny. If her story is inspiring you to get involved in our mahi, check out the link below.





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