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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

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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

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Our curriculum

Find out more about our school and community programmes here

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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

June 08, 2021

Littatrap Project

Whitebait Connection was part of a multi-agency effort to monitor and reduce stormwater pollution by installation littatraps around Northland. Some of the interesting results have been shared in the media recently.
March 05, 2021

New nursery resources available!

We're excited to launch our second He Kākano resource to help schools and communities with setting up their own native plant nursery to grow native plants.
January 19, 2021

Make sure you Check-Clean-Dry this Summer!

We are stoked we will be present at several Northland events again this summer as part of Northland Regional Council's Check-Clean Dry campaign!Make sure you always check-clean-dry between waterways to protect our precious freshwater environments.
October 14, 2020

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…

Whitebait Connection - a freshwater community conservation education programme

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