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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 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.

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 precious freshwater taonga. You can use whatever medium you like, skies the limit.


Critter Challenge Series - Week One!

It's competition time! 

Over the next three weeks we will be running a competition to get you learning about our amazing freshwater environments and what lives there! This week's activity is our 'Critter of the Day' colouring page.


All delivery and events are  currently postponed until further noitice as we are in ALERT LEVEL 4. 

The recent global COVID-19 pandemic has shaken our society’s fabric to its core and we are facing huge social and economic challenges as we navigate this new world.  Massive behaviour change has been forced upon us and stripped many simple freedoms that were once taken for granted. New Zealanders have shown remarkable resilience and adaptability through this challenging time.  

'Rubbish Taniwha' wins science fair award

When Lauren Geer noticed rubbish flowing through her local river, she knew she needed to find a solution.

The Te Pahu School student has invented a rubbish collector, The Rubbish Taniwha, which has won three awards at the NIWA Waikato Science and Technology Fair.

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