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Wai Restoration growing in Gisborne

Tairāwhiti Enviroschools has teamed up with Eastland Port to restore Waikanae stream at Gisborne airport.

Check out this cool video to see what they have been up to, and all the amazing organisations who have helped make this project possible......


Masterchef teams impress judges with culinary skills

Mara master chef

Nine schools around Gisborne whipped up culinary delights

Students from nine schools around Gisborne whipped up culinary delights at the Enviroschools Mara Kai Masterchef Challenge.
Tairawhiti Enviroschools facilitator Kauri Forno said the beauty of the challenge was it taught and encouraged healthy and sustainable living.
“It’s great to see kids get excited about growing vegetables and fruit, then makie delicious kai from it.
“They learn practical skills around growing food and cooking it, but also important values about healthy food and healthy living.”

Click here to read the full article from the Gisborne Herald.

Enviroschools workshop at Te Wharau School

Atua in our water cycle


May 2017 

Well done wonderful Wainui Beach School for becoming a silver enviroschool!

Excellent start to the day with a pumping powhiri and the whole school showcasing their marvellous learning.

Highlights were kids biking to school with milk bottles full of grey water to water their fruit trees and maara kai, worm farm art everywhere and Jackie and the splendid envirogroup.

Awapuni School's Mighty Green Team

"The mighty green team from Awapuni School learnt how to compost and mulch and about how to make paper. We talked about why using GOOS (Good on one side) paper and recycling paper helped look after the environment. They then created a checklist to use whilst checking out all the classes and office to see who deserves the enviroshield that week".


April 2017

Waste audits at Kaiti School and Wainui Beach School

Inspiring change around waste


Waste audits at Kaiti School and Wainui Beach School revealed some interesting truths.

Both schools found large amounts of GOOS paper (Good on one side) in the paper recycling bins, which has inspired both Enviroschools to come up with lots of strategies to reduce the amount of rubbish.

The whole school got to check out the rubbish that was collected in one whole day at their school.

"Waste audits are a great activity to get the whole school thinking about their waste and to inspire change”.


May 2017

St Mary’s School and the Women’s Native Tree Project Trust recognised for work

The envirogroup has been working since 2012 on the vision for how they want their school to look. Since then they have planted more than 650 native trees and every class helps with weeding and mulching.

Click here for the full story!

Matawai School celebrates Green Gold reflection

Matawai School recently reflected on their Enviroschools Journey and are now celebrating their achievement of becoming a Green-Gold Enviroschool.

A native plant nursery, bountiful vegetable garden, worm farm and composting system are part of the everyday lives of students and staff at Matawai School. Matawai School has been part of the Enviroschools Programme since 2008 and is now the second school in the region to achieve green-gold status.

During its Enviroschools reflection day, guests toured Matawai School’s many enviromental projects, including the shadehouse used for propagating native seedlings before planting them back in the community. 

Makauri Schools Climate Change Video with a response from the PM

Following a challenge from their Enviroschools Facillitator, Kauri Forno, the students at Makauri School put together a climate change video about what climate changes means to them and what they think could be done about it. 

They sent it through to NZ Government and got a reply back from the Prime Minister and MP Paul Bennett.

To view the Prime Ministers response video please click here! 

Looking forward to enjoying the fruits and veges of their labour

With a garden makeover Awapuni School students are creating a little piece of paradise


Garden Blitzers: Awapuni School student Ana Carleton with rooms 1, 4, 6, 12, 14 and 15 in the backround. The students are all ready to get stuck in to the garden, turning the sea of yellow into a sea of green veges and fruit trees. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

It is not exactly the Garden of Eden but after the weekend Awapuni School students will be proud to call it their own piece of paradise. The school's large fruit and vege garden has been in a lacklustre state for a few years, but there is now a plan in place to revitalise it, starting with a facelift at a school-hosted community day.

"We have students' friends and whanau coming in to help rebuild and paint the garden beds and rip all the weeds out." said room 1 teacher Anna Wallis.

Progress so far has been a community affair. Eastland Port donated 10 cubic metres of mulch and Enviroschools has provided funding for irrigation. Awapuni School also got seeds from Enviroschools but not quite enough to fill their garden.

If you have any vegetable or fruit plants, or seeds you would like to donate contact the school during school hours on (06) 868-6660

Long Term Plans Submission to Gisborne District Council

·      “Let’s talk about Tairawhiti” was a fantastic workshop to support staff and students to make submissions on the Gisborne District Council (GDC) Long Term Plan 2015-2025.  GDC councillors and the mayor were delighted to meet and workshop with our student leaders about what they want for the future. So impressed with some of our schools even  orally presenting their submissions to the council. We love empowered students who have great ideas about how to make Gisborne a sustainable community. 

The mayor Meng Foon showing our enviroschools how decisions get made in the Council Chambers. That’s our kids sitting in all the important chairs!

Whatatutu school thinking hard about what they want Tairawhiti look like in the next 10 years