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The Drains to Harbour Project

The Drains to Harbour (DTH) project has engaged 80% of Whangarei Schools in stormwater education since 2006, stencilled over 300 stormwater drains and installed over 200 permanent drain plaques which help to remind the community that anything that goes down the drain ends up in our waterways and harbour.

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Inanga spawning

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Developed as part of the MBIE Unlocking Curious Minds Whitebait Connection National Inanga Spawning Programme 2016

Instream workshops

Our vision:

  • To have schools, tangata whenua and community groups actively involved in stream and catchment restoration throughout New Zealand
  • To provide ongoing support for all participating groups and schools incorporating cutting edge, practical environmental education
  • To gain a better understanding of the distribution and the abundance of whitebait and other freshwater fish species as well as pest fish species
  • To share knowledge about the effects of landuse practices on freshwater ecosystems and to strengthen the relationship between government departments, schools, community groups and tangata whenua.

Investigating Freshwater' inquiry resource

The WBC 'Investigating Freshwater' Inquiry resource stage overview and links page is in development and will be evolving on the resource library. In the mean time you can download the manual and other relevent resources by clicking here or contact Kim Jones on (09) 4340779 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your own copy of the Whitebait Connection's WetFeet/Investigating Freshwater DVD which guides you step by step through each stage and shows WBC getting 'WetFeet" with 3 Northland Schools.

Whitebait biology

From the Department of Conservation www.doc.govt.nz

Whitebait catch consists primarily of the young of three species: inanga (Galaxias maculatus), koaro (G. brevipinnis) and banded kokopu (G. fasciatus); inanga is by far the most commonly caught species.

Waterway monitoring

There are many different ways that everyday people can monitor their waterways. The Whitebait Connection (WBC) uses a mixture of biological (living) and non-biological (non-living) indicators to assess and monitor the health of streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands.

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