Posted on 14 May 2020

Free Zoom backgrounds for Earth Day

This Earth Day, we’re celebrating our favourite place on the planet – the ocean. We can’t go swimming in it under the current Level 4 lockdown rules, but we can still appreciate it from afar.

Since many of us are now working from home and Zoom meetings have become the usual, here’s some free Zoom backgrounds of marine scenes from around New Zealand.

Right click on the image you want and choose Save image as.

Not-so-windy Wellington

This gorgeous early morning image shows an unusually calm Wellington waterfront.

Credit: Hamish McCormick/Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge


Sunrise on the Kaikōura coast

Our researchers have spent some time in Kaikōura, looking at how the kelp forests recovered after the 2016 earthquake and the possibilities of new blue economy.

This image is one of our favourites because it captures the concept of ki uta ki tai, from the mountains to the sea. Ki uta ki tai recognises the movement of water through the landscape and the many interactions it may have on its journey.

Credit Dave Allen/Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge, NIWA


Sail away

If you're missing being out on the water then this serene pic will help you imagine that you're calling in from the Captain's cabin.

Credit Hamish McCormick/Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge


Ōhiwa harbour entrance

During Seaweek 2020, we travelled to Ōhiwa Harbour in the Bay of Plenty for a LEARNZ virtual field trip to teach school kids around the country about the importance of protecting our marine ecosystems.


Mussel beds at Tonga Island Marine Reserve

The Ecosystem connectivity team did survey dives in the reserve with a CTD (conductivity, temperature and depth) cast, water sampling and a plankton tow.

Credit: Alex Connolly/Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge


Notes to editors

About the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge – The vision of Sustainable Seas is for Aotearoa New Zealand to have healthy marine ecosystems that provide value for all New Zealanders. It brings together scientists, social scientists, economists, and experts in mātauranga Māori and policy. It is funded by MBIE and hosted by NIWA. | Twitter @Sust_SeasNZ | Facebook SustainableSeasNZ

About the National Science Challenges – Sustainable Seas is one of 11 National Science Challenges. These align and focus Aotearoa New Zealand’s research on large and complex issues, bringing together scientists and experts from different organisations and across disciplines to achieve a common goal.

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