Our Story

Our Story


New Zealand boasts an incredible diversity of native freshwater fish species, from our glittering gold Galaxiids to our real-life tuna (eel) taniwhas. These species are at risk of being lost forever. 74% of our freshwater fish species are classified as threatened and we aim to get waterways working in a way that gives these spectacular species and the communities in which they live a chance to not only survive, but thrive. 

We essentially want to achieve 2 aims:

1)  To raise the profile of endangered Galaxiids and native fish among the public. Or what we like to call spreading 'Galaxiid Love'

2)  To achieve on the ground conservation gains for native fish in general, but with a focus on our most endangered Galaxiid species which are concentrated in Southland, Otago and Canterbury.

Snapshots from our history
2013 Founded in Otago
Giant Kokopu display tank at Otago Museum
'Nobodies Rivers' campaign
Restoration and education projects carried out in places such as Kakanui, Lawrence and Waihola
2014 Projects expansion in Canterbury and movement of trust base to Christchurch
2015 Supported a South Otago farm to win an award at the Otago Balance Farm Environment Awards
2016 Aoraki Conservation Board  award for our project with St Andrews School
2017 NZ Post Native Freshwater Fish stamp series
Campaign for a review of whitebait fisheries regulations and management
2018 On-going projects in places such as Tūhaitara Coastal Park, Oxford, and Urban Christchurch


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