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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

June 05, 2020

Critter Challenge Week 3 Winners!

A big thank you to all that participated in our last activity for our Critter Challenge Series, which was designing your dream stream. We have loved seeing all your awesome submissions throughout this series and we hope you continue to spread awareness for…
May 20, 2020

Critter Challenge - Week 3 Design your dream stream

We would like you to get creative and stretch your imaginations for our last activity for the Critter Challenge series. We challenge you to design your dream stream! Extra points for out of the box designs that create a healthy and safe environment for our…
May 20, 2020

Week Two Critter Challenge Winners!

Thank you to all of those who participated in our Critter Challenge Quiz. It was a tight race for the top spots! We hope you enjoyed testing your freshwater knowledge and learning something new in the process.
May 11, 2020

Critter Challenge Series - Week Two!

Test your New Zealand freshwater knowledge and be in with a chance to win some cool prizes! Follow the link below to take part in our freshwater quiz.

Whitebait Connection - a freshwater community conservation education programme

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