The purpose is to provide an inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation. Usually held in April, in Northland every second year and other parts of NZ every other year. Our theme changes each wananga.
The 9th Annual Mountains to Sea National Wānanga was held in The Tasman District in April 2018. Please see the link to the youtube clip for the wananga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1eprXd-GyM and we hope to release the proceedings by mid July.
The event was hosted at Te Āwhina marae in Motueka from Saturday 21 April to Monday 23 April. Participants were welcomed by Ngāti Rārua and Te Ātiawa and treated to interesting and dynamic keynote speakers including Jane Goodman, Trevor James, Aneika Young, Rob Davidson and Tim Molley, as well as lots of field trips including night-time native fish spotlighting, snorkelling in the Tonga Island marine reserve and a visit to the Waikoropupu Springs and a half day workshop on Succession Planning for marine and freshwater conservation and education with Rochelle Selby-Neale.
“The theme this year was around succession” says event co-organiser Kim Jones who is the trust’s National Coordinator for their Whitebait Connection (WBC) programme. “It’s timely for us as an organisation, experiencing so much growth and for the local area too” says Mrs Jones. “Our Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme has been active in the Nelson area for quite a few years now and we’re really excited to have launched our Whitebait Connection programme in the area during our wānanga”. The programme will be delivered locally by a team of passionate and experienced coordinators from Tasman Bay Guardians and supported by The Tasman Environmental Trust, Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve Board and Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle. World Fish Migration Day will also be celebrated during the event on the 21st of April with participants creating a giant man made ‘happy fish’ that we captured via drone footage.
Download proceedings documents from past wananga: Please note that some of the links prior to 2016 may no longer be active