Rodney-based MP Marja Lubeck and her son Max, 16, were among more than 130 people taking advantage of guided snorkelling at Goat Island, organised by Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR). Among the sea life spotted by Marja and Max were parore, snapper, ecklonia (seaweed), hiwihiwi, red moki and kina. The Goat Island event was one of 37 free snorkelling events put on by EMR around New Zealand. Wetsuits, snorkels and fins were provided for free. EMR deputy national coordinator Lorna Doogan says the event provided an opportunity to show the community what a healthy reef habitat looks like – a sight which is becoming rare around the coastal Hauraki Gulf.