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Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board Partnership Announcement

Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board and Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust have formalised a Partnership between the two organizations through a Mana Enhancing Agreement (MEA). The purpose of this partnership is to support landowners, community and hapū of the Takahiwai and Bream Bay catchments with funding and capability development thus contributing to the reduction of sediment and improved biodiversity for the Takahiwai, Ruakākā and Waipū Awa and catchments.

Teacher award for Environmentally Conscious Teacher

A rural principal that has promoted hands-on learning in the environment and participated in the Whitebait Connection programme has been recognised with the Apple National Excellence in Teaching Awards. By providing meaningful learning experiences in the field and at the school Darren Kerr, the principal from Whareama School, has created a nurturing learning environment that incorporates all aspects of the curriculum, often through project-based learning. Congratulations!

You can read the full article here.

[Credit: Text adapted from the Wairarapa Times-Age]


Littatrap Project

Whitebait Connection was part of a multi-agency effort to monitor and reduce stormwater pollution by installation littatraps around Northland. Some of the interesting results have been shared in the media recently.

Make sure you Check-Clean-Dry this Summer!

We are stoked we will be present at several Northland events again this summer as part of Northland Regional Council's Check-Clean Dry campaign!

Make sure you always check-clean-dry between waterways to protect our precious freshwater environments.

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 riparian zones are some of the most effective and enjoyable community involvements.

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 Conservation Trust.

The programme takes a biological and ecological approach, looking at all the life forms and their relationships in and around rivers and streams. Living things like types of water bugs, species of freshwater fish and the abundance of plants in a particular catchment are being investigated.

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 really keen to collaborate, so Kawiti and Jordie set out to create both and english te reo Māori version.

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 from Barker and Associates had traveled from offices all around Aotearoa to get stuck into getting 1200 native trees into the ground as part of this mauri restoring riparian planting. 

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 our native freshwater critters.

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