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Whats in your Awa After Dark? Winter Solstice Spotlighting at Pounui Lagoon, Wairarapa

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Explore your local awa with freshwater experts from our Wai Connection team at this special Winter Solstice event at Pounui Lagoon, Wairarapa. With your gumboots and a torch, head off on an evening hīkoi to your local waterway to ‘spotlight’ and observe freshwater species in their natural habitat. Learn about the health of our waterways, freshwater conservation efforts in your neighborhood, and some of the ways that you could become a kaitiaki of your local awa! 

Awa After Dark events take place in the early evening, they’re perfect for the whole whānau. 

This event is free, but bookings are essential. 

What is spotlighting? Ever played spotlight with a fish? Heaps of our native freshwater critters are nocturnal! Scientists often visit freshwater areas at nighttime with a torch, it’s the best time to see exactly who’s living in our awa! 

What is Wai Connection? Wai Connection is a national programme delivered by Mountains to Sea Wellington aimed at connecting local communities to their waterways to improve them. We support communities and mana whenua with the knowledge, tools and expertise to monitor and care for their local freshwater places. 

Outside event:  This event is outside- please dress appropriately (gumboots and warm clothing recommended). If the weather is really bad, we'll let you know we’re cancelling via the email you've provided us!

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Refund policy

This is a free event, but bookings are essential. If you are no longer able to come along, please get in touch with to cancel your booking so that we can pass it along to someone else.