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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

October 14, 2020
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Whitebait enticed through riparian care

Whitebait spawning sites on Northland rivers are being improved by landowners, environmental groups, local iwi and schools with financial and physical help from Fonterra. Northland regional manager Mike Borrie says the grassroots efforts to survey and enhance…
October 14, 2020

Do you like “bug hunting?” How about in the river?

Students at Coroglen and Puriri Schools have just completed “The Whitebait Connection,” a learning programme about freshwater conservation and catchment restoration. The programme was founded in 2002 under the umbrella of the Northland-based Mountains to Sea…
September 29, 2020

He Kākano and Te Aho Tū Roa Develop Seed Collecting Resources!

The lockdown provided a very unique opportunity for He Kākano community nursery manager, Jordie, in lending the time to create a resource for schools, marae and community groups in the form of a native seed collecting guide. Fortunately Te Aho Tū Roa were…
July 21, 2020

Takahiwai Planting Day with Barker & Associates

Whitebait Connection Northland teamed up with the Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board, Takahiwai Marae, Uri/Landowners of Paki and Maki Pirihi, David Lourie to plant a second section of this awa with NZ natives from our nursery at He Kākano. The hard working crew…

Whitebait Connection - a freshwater community conservation education programme

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