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Whitebait Connection is an action based environmental education programme for schools and communities focusing on the health of our streams, rivers and wetlands

Who we are

Tangible and specific ways in which New Zealanders can come to understand and become involved in the future health of our local streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands.

We offer

Our curriculum

Find out more about our school and community programmes here

Our Services

National Marine and Freshwater Wananga
Regional Freshwater Hui
Water Quality Monitoring

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"After discovering their local freshwater environments students and communities are inspired and encouraged to take action for their local catchment"

Kim Jones

Our programme

white baitInstant teaching - just add water. We come to your school to help you plan and coordinate our programme into your curriculum. Find out more about the programme here...

Our areas

white baitWe are operational all year round in seven regions throughout New Zealand Find a coordinator here...

Teaching resources

white baitWhitebait biology, Inanga spawning, resource downloads and useful links. Browse the library here  

Latest News

October 15, 2019

Matakohe-Limestone Island Trip 2019

We had a wonderful day at our annual Matakohe-Limestone Island trip with 40 participants! The initial departure time was delayed due to the fog, but once it cleared it was an absolutely stunning day! The day started off with a beach-clean-up, followed by a…
September 23, 2019

Volunteers pull 195 kilograms of rubbish from Abel Tasman

The Abel Tasman National Park has more sparkle for summer thanks to volunteers who removed 195 kilograms of rubbish from the coastline. The Sunday clean-up organised by environmental group Tasman Bay Guardians for Conservation Week, also saw longstanding…
September 23, 2019

Waihara Wetland - Morningside School Planting Day

The beauty of one of Whangārei’s inner-city waterways has been revealed through the efforts of Council staff, local contractors, Morningside School and the Whitebait connection. The Waihara Wetland at the end of Rawhiti Street has been a smelly, boggy, tidal…
September 19, 2019

Connecting the community with the sea

Living so close to waterways, our community is directly affected by the ocean which surrounds us, which is why programmes such as Whitebait Connection are so important. The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust (MTSCT) was founded in 2002 and included two core…

Whitebait Connection - a freshwater community conservation education programme

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