The Hooked on Native Fish project successfully raised awareness of our unique native fish and helped identify what farmers and city dwellers can do to protect and enhance their local streams, both rural and urban. It was funded by the Sustainable Management Fund with support from Whaingaroa Harbourcare, Tui 2000, Hamilton City Council, Waikato Tainui, Environment Waikato (now Waikato Regional Council), Boffa Miskell and the Department of Conservation.

During the project, workshops in Whaingaroa Harbour (Raglan) and Hamilton City demonstrated practical activities which benefited streams and the surrounding land. A series of informative fact sheets were produced as an additional useful resource for landowners, schools and the wider community, with the fact sheets also available in Te Reo Māori.

The Fish Fact Sheets were printed with the support of WRC’s Environmental Initiatives Fund, and funding was provided from Mā Te Reo to translate the fact sheets and print extra copies due to popular demand.

Suitable for a wide audience, copies of all the fact sheets can be downloaded by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page.

In 2017, the Science Learning Hub (SLH) expanded our Hooked on Fish fact sheets into an interactive online resource aimed at teachers and students. The main focus for the SLH is our native freshwater fish and stream restoration. You can learn about our enigmatic freshwater fish and how we can help restore their habitats to ensure they thrive.