Mobil Oil NZ & CVNZ Partner on 'Tamariki For Tuna'
We are excited to be renewing our partnership with Mobil Oil New Zealand for an additional year. Renewed funding will allow us to continue our Outdoor Classroom and Longfin eel education across Auckland and Wellington so we are grateful for the support.
CVNZ Since 2017, CVNZ have partnered with Mobil Oil NZ to deliver our threatened species programme – Tamariki for Tuna. Over this time, we have engaged with over 60 schools and Scout groups to educate tamariki (children) on the significance of the longfin eel/tuna kuwharuwharu and the freshwater ecosystems they are a part of. We hope through education and becoming actively involved in conservation we will instil a sense of guardianship in our tamariki, creating a generation dedicated to protecting our environment opposed to engaging in 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, removed 11,700 m2 of weeds and collected 106 kg of litter.
Think your school or youth group would like to get involved? 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, followed by a variety of hands on activities including water quality testing, tree planting, plant releasing and/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