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Mountains to Sea Wānanga 2024

Updated: Apr 24


Searching for macrophytes in the upper Waiotoi river - Lorna Doogan
Searching for macrophytes in the upper Waiotoi river - Lorna Doogan

Our annual Mountains to Sea Wānanga was hosted at Ngunguru Marae, Northland in partnership with Te Waiariki, Ngāti Kororā, Ngāti Takapari Hapū Iwi Trust on the 19th-21st of April, 2024. The aim of our wānanga was to provide an inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation. 


The theme for our 2024 event was “Connecting Communities - Hononga hapori” which resonates strongly with the mahi Mountains to Sea delivers alongside many others. This theme is also core to our current national Tatai ki te wai - Wai Connection project co-funded through the Ministry of the  Environment’s Essential Freshwater Fund (EFF). This project aims to empower and connect communities within catchment areas enabling collaboration. 



Dr Arvay Armstrong Read sharing te whakaora te mauri o te taiao
Dr Arvay Armstrong Read sharing te whakaora te mauri o te taiao - Lorna Doogan

More to this story coming soon.


Glen Edney's seaweed nursery
Glen Edney's seaweed nursery - Sophie Journee
 

Next steps for participants


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If you would like to share your experience at the Wānanga we would love to feature a blog post on our website. Email lorna@mountainstosea.org.nz with your story.

 
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We are always looking for passionate people around Aotearoa. Whether it be as snorkel guides, tree planters or if you are mean on the barbie.



 

Ngā mihi nui


The Ngunguru Wānanga wouldn't have been possible without the partnership with Te Waiariki, Ngāti Kororā, Ngāti Takapari


Our training days were hosted by Whananaki Marae - your hospitality is legendary.


To MfE for providing the funding to make this Wānanga happen and to Maria and her crew for fueling us.


Special mentions to The Chocolate Fish Company and Doon River for sponsoring our koha for speakers. To MTF Finance Whangārei, Te Pu-a-Nga Maara and Sustainable Coastlines for the loan of your vans. To Sacha from Freedive Aotearoa for helping us get our coordinators trained.


And more to be acknowledged in the programme.


Whananaki Pou and marae by starlight - Lorna Doogan
Whananaki Pou and marae by starlight - Lorna Doogan


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