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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

September 16, 2019

Whangaparāoa Playcentre gets barrels for the better

Two water barrels have been installed at Whangaparāoa Playcentre as a part of a sustainable water education programme run by the Whitebait Connection. The 220 litre barrels will collect water from the centre’s roof which will be used to water their gardens.
September 16, 2019

Stream study illustrates big pollution problem

A group of 40 Year 8 students from Wentworth College got out in the field with scientists last month, assisting with studies into water quality and habitat in Stanmore Bay Stream. The work took place under the guidance of Sarah Dimitrijevic of Whitebait…
September 16, 2019

MTF Whangarei getting freshwater education & conservation moving

Restoring and enhancing clean waterways from the mountains to the sea is an ambitious goal and requires the help of many. Local business MTF Whangarei have made it a bit easier by sponsoring local environmental group, the Whitebait Connection (WBC), a…
September 10, 2019

Dr Roger Grace Memorial Fund 1945-2019

Roger was an absolute champion for our marine environment. He dedicated his life to marine conservation and tirelessly shared his wealth of knowledge with others. Roger was a trustee of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust from 2002 – 2018 and an honoured…

Whitebait Connection - a freshwater community conservation education programme

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