Not everybody realises this, but New Zealand actually has the fourth largest marine area in the whole world. It's home to more than 15,000 identified species and tens of thousands more waiting to be described. Some scientists think up to 10 percent of the world's marine species live in the waters around New Zealand.
But not everyone has the chance to head out and experience this for themselves - and that's where Experiencing Marine Reserves comes in. The organisation helps get people - particularly children - on and under the water, and exploring this marvellous environment. Lorna Doogan is EMR's Auckland coordinator and she joins Emile to explain how it works.