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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

Whitebait Connection - a freshwater community conservation education programme

It might not have made for light work, but many hands contributed to planting along the Rotokakahi Awa at Pawarenga last week, in a bid to sustain the river's tinanga and whitebait populations for the future.

Around 50 people, including students and staff from Te Kura o Hata Maria, members of the Pawarenga community, the Northland Regional Council, members of the Broadwood gym, Whitebait Connection co-ordinators and two French tourists planted just under 500 native plants to restore the spawning site.

A sparkling stream teeming with life was left oxygen choked and polluted after contractors felling trees blocked it, residents say.

The north Auckland waterway, which has been noted as an important inanga (whitebait) spawning site, sits next to the stump of the former 150-year-old Norfolk pine at Snells Beach which residents tried to save the Boathouse Bay development from felling.

Snells Beach School is embracing the environment with this years theme, Care For Here.  One of the first activities, was a clean-up at the Snells Beach waterfront, including the grass area.  

The Year 3 and 4 students will explore the Snells Beach Stream as part of the Whitebait Connection Programme.

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