Whitebait Connection runs a series of community events such as planting days, stream awareness days, spotlighting trips, and school field trips. We also operate a community nursery, He Kakano, in Whangarei which supplies the majority of native plants for restoration planting throughout the Whangarei district. There are many opportunities for you to volunteer and give back to your communuty, build on your skill set, socialise, and network.
If you are interested in volunteering please register here:
"My name is Frances, I am new to Whangarei and work from home so I wanted to volunteer for a few hours a week to get myself out of the house and meet new people. I decided to join the volunteers at the Whitebait connection plant nursery as this fitted with my passion for the environment, and fitted with my schedule. I really enjoy my time at the nursery, it is an awesome way to spend every Friday. Jordie who runs the volunteers and the nursery is very accommodating and patient with everyone, as many people arrive with no previous knowledge of plant propagation. We tend to work together as a team on one task and casually chat which is a nice way to get to know each other. Or if someone wants a solitary task Jordi will find something for for them to do. We are a diverse group of volunteers very capably organised by Jordie. The plant nursery is also very well run and it is great to see the turnover of plants, which ultimately means that more habitat is being restored by the wider Whitebait connection group." Frances, Auckland
"Kia ora! My name is Hans, and I have been a volunteer with WBC since April 2019. I am currently studying my Masters in Environmental Engineering, and wanted to do volunteering not only as a way of giving back, but also because I love nature and really enjoy being outdoors. I reached out to WBC and they were very accommodating to have me come along in some of the activities, giving me responsibility early on to handle some the activities. These gave me fantastic opportunity to do field work that complemented my studies and learn things I wouldn't be able to in lectures. Therefore, if you have an interest in the water and environmental space, I would highly recommend volunteering with WBC." Hans, Auckland
"In Term 3 this year I accompanied Ella on two occasions as she took primary classes on their stream fieldwork. The classes were from Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Mangere, and Nga Iwi Primary, both within walking distance of a local waterway. Ella had visited each class beforehand to discuss with them what they would do at the stream, and why, so in the field we could concentrate on data collection.
The students were actively engaged from the start, with three sub-groups quickly selected by teaching staff and taken a) on a stream survey walk; b) macroinvertebrate netting and ID; 3) measuring physical & chemical parameters. Ella has quiet authority, gives instructions clearly, in a friendly manner, and encourages children to express their ideas, while keeping them to schedule. Lifting of the fish nets was the final activity, when all three groups were together. Throughout the stream visit there was a feeling of purpose and excitement at being part of original science in a natural setting where outcomes are unpredictable. All were busy, cheerful and engaged. One special needs student was there with an adult, and took part to the extent of her capabilities." Juliette, Auckland