Mizuiku Upstream Battle - Citizen science programme for schools

Projects and programmes New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 23 May 2023
Notice reference #: 1HAa3_

Get your students involved in citizen science and help us to battle New Zealand's upstream litter problem.

Did you know that marine litter isn’t always a result of human activity at sea? The problem usually starts on land! Our Upstream Battle citizen science programme gets students out collecting and auditing litter at key upstream sites, such as beside rivers, lakes and streams to help create a better understanding of the root causes of ocean pollution.

Our Upstream Battle programme is aimed at schools, community groups and volunteers throughout New Zealand who would like to contribute to the solution.

For schools, we offer:

  • Inquiry-based learning linked to a diverse range of learning areas of Aotearoa’s curriculum
  • New Zealand Curriculum links 
  • Risk assessment management sheet (RAMS)
  • A simplified Upstream Battle survey sheet (suitable for primary school aged children or younger)
  • A classroom lesson to precede your Upstream Battle covering the water cycle and the importance of keeping our waterways litter free.

Upstream Battle is proudly presented by Suntory’s international Mizuiku Education Programme for Nature and Water, which is specifically designed to educate the next generation on the importance of clean water conservation. Both Keep New Zealand Beautiful and Suntory share a commitment to educating young Kiwis and providing hands-on opportunities that inspire and empower them to protect our precious environment.

Further information

Contact: Rebecca Hampton

 (0800) TIDY KIWI