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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

July 17, 2018

Rare find

Thanks to Khandallah School students, a native whitebait species has been rediscovered happily living - and breeding - in their local park. The 'Green Team' Envirogroup went out spotlighting and fish-trapping with freshwater educators and found the fish,…
November 29, 2017

Conservation community works to sustain Whitebait Connection

It might not have made for light work, but many hands contributed to planting along the Rotokakahi Awa at Pawarenga last week, in a bid to sustain the river's tinanga and whitebait populations for the future. Around 50 people, including students and staff…
November 28, 2017

Snells Beach stream affected by Boathouse Bay development

A sparkling stream teeming with life was left oxygen choked and polluted after contractors felling trees blocked it, residents say. The north Auckland waterway, which has been noted as an important inanga (whitebait) spawning site, sits next to the stump of…
August 17, 2017

Whangarei Harbour Catchment Group plan to improve water quality

The Otuihau working group is a sub group that reports to the wider Whangarei Catchment Group. The working group is made-up of representatives from the Northland District Health Board, Northland Regional Council, Whangarei District Council, Pehiāweri Marae,…

Whitebait Connection - a freshwater community conservation education programme

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