The Blue Cradle Foundation is a non-profit organization working in the fields of ocean literacy education, marine research, and digital production in Aotearoa New Zealand & the South Pacific region.

Ocean literacy education in action during our inaugural expedition, June 2021

Blue Cradle has three main programmes:

  • An education programme, promoting ocean literacy across schools, Universities and the broader public.
  • A digital outreach programme, producing short and long form content for a wide range of audiences.
  • A research programme, aiming to address complex issues of ecosystem resilience, anthropogenic pressures, and marine biodiversity characterization.

Our priority is to grow and consolidate our presence in Ōtautahi/Christchurch, through ocean literacy activities, providing opportunities for tamariki and rangatahi.

Our main role across the community is to inform & educate, bringing marine science, conservation, and blue economy opportunities and connecting with industry.

We work at the national level, and internationally across the region building significant partnerships, leading ocean literacy education, research or marine conservation projects.

You can view our 2022-2025 strategic plan here.

Knowledge of the oceans is more than a matter of curiosity, our very survival may depend on it

President JFK, 1961
Our education & research work programmes follow objectives under SDG 14 - the Sustainable Development Goal for the ocean, and the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
Plankton bloom around New Zealand. NASA Creative Commons no changes made.


We work with communities, public organizations and private companies, research institutions, government and multilateral agencies, iwi and hāpū, non-profits and educators, forging partnerships.


We work on oceanographic and biological projects involving scientists or citizen scientists working solving some of the most pressing issues, including climate change and biodiversity decline.


We work with national broadcasters (RNZ) to tell inspiring and exciting stories. Our goal is to bring marine science and ocean literacy education to viewers worldwide, making a positive impact while solving some of our most important ocean health challenges.