The Whitebait Connection Project:
Freshwater Citizen Science and Restoration

Mountains to Sea Wellington with support from the Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund and Greater Wellington Regional Council are proud to be delivering the Whitebait Connection Project- Wellington. The project is a three year program to provide meaningful freshwater education, events, restoration planning and community science across the greater Wellington region. The project aims to grow and enhance community empowerment to care for their fresh waterways across Wellington.

Connections and collaboration are at the heart of our project. Linking schools and community groups to local and national restoration and science organisations to build strong and successful action projects underpinned and informed by science.

Interested in engaging with our freshwater citizen science training, restoration support or want to join our mailing list and connect with others in our network? Register here. 


Banded Kokopu at Te Awa Iti in Porirua

Project Elements

Check out our project areas below for more information and find ways to get involved.

Education – Take part with the Whitebait Connection Freshwater Education Programmes for schools.

Community Events – Check out our up-coming Freshwater Community events across Wellington.

Restoration Projects – our Kaitiaki Project links with project and stories from across the region. Updated often with new stories.

Community Science – Mountains to Sea Wellington has developed a training programmes for Freshwater Monitoring and restoration support and new resources for Freshwater Fish Monitoring. Contact for further information.

Learning how to conduct freshwater fish surveys at Waiwhetu Stream in Lower Hutt.

Students from St Teresa’s School in Featherston planning their stream restoration project to improve freshwater biodiversity.