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Te aki i te hunga tangata te tiaki inanga...

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

February 05, 2020

'Rubbish Taniwha' wins science fair award

When Lauren Geer noticed rubbish flowing through her local river, she knew she needed to find a solution. The Te Pahu School student has invented a rubbish collector, The Rubbish Taniwha, which has won three awards at the NIWA Waikato Science and Technology…
February 05, 2020

Northland volunteer teaches manager new language

Northland has the highest rate of volunteering in New Zealand. Around 37 per cent of the adult population volunteer for about four hours per week on average, according to Volunteering Northland. Today we introduce you to one of our selfless volunteers. Jordan…
January 15, 2020

Egg-citing outcomes for Takahiwai Marae Stream!

2020 heralds hope and anticipation for a Takahiwai stream thanks to hundreds of volunteers and locals who have helped Whitebait Connection (WBC) breathe new life into the waterway. It is widely known that native fish populations in New Zealand are in decline,…
December 09, 2019

Fish pass opens up Duck Creek in Auckland

For the landowners along Duck Creek, restoring the stream to its former glory has been a labour of love. First, the mature pine trees along the banks were removed, then native seedlings planted and other weed species managed. The icing on the cake was to…

Whitebait Connection - a freshwater community conservation education programme

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