Let's Spread the Game - Not Invasives
A game for kaitiakitanga
We want to empower the swimmers, boaties, divers, beach walkers, fisher people and water crafters to look around and learn about the moana.
After all they are the every day scientists!
We have been played in schools, at festivals and community events, in workshops and libraries.
Our game is all ages, and takes less than 15 minutes!
We need your help to support earlier detection of invasive species, prevent their spread and create a more effective management strategy together
Te Reo Māori Edition
We are proud to announce a project with Tauranga Moana Biosecurity Capital and House of Science
Marine Invaders is now available in Te Reo Māori
If your school has a House of Science membership - book their Invasion Busters / Ngā Kaiārai Kaiurutomo today
Our dream is to stop pest species spreading across New Zealand - and this can only be done with the support of the community
We designed a game to help ocean enthusiasts dive deeper into species identification, and to highlight the impact of invasive species, but also to highlight how we can support native species to thrive
Marine Invaders was created by Elizabeth Copeland (University of Waikato), graphic design by Marika Obst
Marine Invaders has been user-tested in classrooms and at home
"The kids loved how interactive the session was and learnt a lot from your card game"
– Intermediate Teacher Ana
“I have used Marine Invaders with primary schools and high schools, in marae-based learning settings, and at home with my own kids. It’s a fantastic, easily portable resource that everyone enjoys! The kids especially appreciate the Aotearoa-NZ focus of the game with great pictures, and they drive lots of interesting discussions during play about species they have seen or heard about, and sometimes they surprise me with their ethical questions on managing native and invasive species. It’s a great way to have fun and drive discussions, and the competitive aspect is a hit with kids (and also adults!)”
– Dr Shari Gallop, Scientist and Educator
Let's Spread the Game, not Invasives
As a member of the KiwiNet Emerging Innovator Programme we welcome partnerships and initiatives that have the potential to make a positive difference in the community
Who Can We Support?
Non-for-profits or charities
Schools, teachers, careers advisors
Iwi, hapu, marae
Libraries, learning hubs
Anyone with a cool idea
Contact us to discuss more or if you'd like to make a bulk order