About us

The Northland-based Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust (CC23406) was established in 2002, as a charitable umbrella for the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) marine education and Whitebait Connection (WBC) freshwater education programmes. 

The Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust - Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme was named Te Tohu Matua-Supreme Award winner of Northland Regional Council’s annual ‘Whakamānawa ā Taiao - Environmental Awards’ on Thursday 27 May 2021.

NRC award
Image by Jess Burges

Celebrating 20 years

 The Trust sees education as a vital part of society and central to all environmental restoration. Both programmes involve young people, their parents and the wider community.

Our programmes reinforce simple concepts such as the uniqueness of our freshwater and marine biodiversity and provide an active focus on conservation of these environments through education and action.

Our goal is to empower and support communities to achieve marine and freshwater conservation through science based experiential programmes, resources, projects and community engagement.

Our programmes focus on schools as a focal point for communities to come together and see the future of marine and freshwater through the eyes of their children, thereby motivating meaningful learning and long-term behaviour change in both today’s and tomorrow’s generations.

Leave a lasting legacy in Northland

  • Marine and freshwater educational opportunities for all ages
  • Marine and freshwater restoration projects
  • Community engagement
  • Inspiring the next generation of kaitiaki (guardians)

 To Donate to the Fund:
The Northland Foundation make it easy for you to give to Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust

Direct Credit by internet banking 01 0487 008333702

Donations and bequests can also be given directly to Northland Community Foundation, specifying that it is for the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust Endowment Fund.

Donations made either way will qualify for a tax rebate. Receipts are issued for all donations.



Whakamana te maunga Whakamana te wai He mauri o ngᾱ tangata Ngᾱ mea katoa he pai
If we look after the water from the mountains to sea, it will look after us. It is our life force.