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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

January 23, 2017

Save our whitebait, children tell Council

Look after our rivers and save our whitebait was the message given to Christchurch City Council by a group of passionate young conservationists. Three students from Opawa School and four from Waitakiri Primary School gave presentations at a council meeting on…
January 16, 2017

Helping whitebait recovery in Warkworth

Members of the conservation group Whitebait Connection (WBC) have been planting on the Mahurangi River bank in Warkworth as part of a nationwide project to increase whitebait numbers.
January 16, 2017

Inanga restoration project inspires future scientists

MURIWAI School students have been taking their out-of-class learning to the next level by investigating the health of an inanga-spawning site near their school. In a segment of Pakowhai Stream, the students, from year 1 to year 8, monitor changes in habitat,…

Whitebait Connection - a freshwater community conservation education programme

Snells Beach School is embracing the environment with this years theme, Care For Here.  One of the first activities, was a clean-up at the Snells Beach waterfront, including the grass area.  

The Year 3 and 4 students will explore the Snells Beach Stream as part of the Whitebait Connection Programme.

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