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Mobil Oil NZ & CVNZ partner on 'Tamariki For Tuna'

Volunteer in Auckland - Volunteers on a planting day on the Papakura Stream Restoration Project with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand
Another year of a great partnership

We are excited to renew our partnership with Mobil Oil New Zealand for an additional year. This funding supports our Conservation for Schools programme Tamariki for Tuna

 
Tamariki for Tuna

Through Tamariki for Tuna, we teach children from schools in Auckland and Te Wellington about the tuna kuwharuwharu longfin eel.

Mobil has supported this programme since 2017. With their help, we have engaged with over 60 schools and Scout groups. We have educated tamariki about the tuna kuwharuwharu and the freshwater ecosystems they depend on. 

We hope our education programme sparks a sense of kaitiakitanga (guardianship) in our tamariki. By teaching them about this incredible native species, we hope to inspire the next generation to protect our environment from harmful practices like littering and eeling.

Since the programme began, more than 2,600 tamariki, teachers and guardians have participated in our eel education events. Over the past year alone, 1,026 participants have planted 8,380 native trees, shrubs and grasses along our waterways. And they have removed 11,700 m2 of weeds and collected 106 kg of litter.

 
We’d love you to join us!

Would your school or youth group like to join Tamariki for Tuna? We’d love to hear from you.

Our Tamariki for Tuna events include a fun and educational talk on the importance of tuna, their unique life-cycle and ways to protect them. We then take tamariki out for a variety of hands on activities like water quality testing, tree planting, plant releasing or litter clean ups. 

Each event is led by our qualified and knowledgeable team leaders who all possess first aid and defensive driving certifications. CVNZ provides all of the tools and equipment needed on the day including gloves and high-vis vests. We will be hosting these events along the Ōwhiro Stream in Wellington and the Papakura Stream in Auckland.

You can learn more about the longfin eel and download our free educational resources here: https://conservationvolunteers.co.nz/portfolio/mobil-partner-protect-longfin-eel/

For more information, or to get involved in the Tamariki for Tuna programme please get in touch at [email protected] or call 0800 567 686

Volunteer in Auckland - Volunteers doing water testing with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand
Volunteer in Auckland - Volunteers doing water testing with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand