Te Kawa Robb shares stories of how our personal relationships to Water can improve how we care for it.

About the speaker

Te Kawa Robb (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi) is an environmental consultant, educator, and story-teller based in Te Whanganui a Tara. He works with a number of NGOs and charitable organisations to support the community to connect with the environment, minimise waste, and create restoration actions and programs to repair and protect our natural environment.

Growing up on Wellington’s wild south coast, Te Kawa’s real classroom was the rockpools of Island Bay, and he’d often be found snorkeling for hours after school, exploring the shoreline, reefs, and occasionally bringing home a meal (before it was a marine reserve!). Weekends were often spent in the rivers and streams of Kaitoke Valley, patting eels, and perfecting manus from the bridges.

This life-long connection to water has formed his deep passion for the ocean and rivers, and has guided his life as a conservationist, waka hourua voyager, diver, and photographer. He is deeply motivated to protect our precious freshwater and marine environments by connecting people to the waters that ebb and flow in these spaces.

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