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Flight of Pollen environmental board game

Game designer Jill Hemming is releasing a new boardgame 

Be amongst the first to wath the final testing, see the feedback, and have the option to pre-purchase.

For more information click here

Some great reviews from the Game testers:

“Calculating, tactical and strategical” Lochie, 12 yrs
“Awesome and exciting” Finn, 14 yrs
“Thriller” Ya’akov, 9 yrs + his dad
“includes teamwork” Rakaia, 11 yrs
“Challenging” Aston, 9 yrs

Wild Eyes Website Launch

April 2017

Wild Eyes is a new website aiming to get Kiwi kids off screens and connected with NZ nature, conservation and science … using screens! Wild Eyes provides awesome digital incentives to kids for completing fun nature missions. Wild Eyes missions are curriculum-friendly, designed to be completed in or outside the classroom or at home, and are perfect for individual or group inquiry learning, particularly with a focus on environment, science or sustainability topics. 

To launch the site Wild Eyes is running competitions throughout April in partnership with What Now and Forest and Bird’s Kiwi Conservation Club for kids. 

For details check out the website here

Check out the 'Backyard Spy' mission (and make sure you watch the instructional video):


 Help change Kiwi kids’ square eyes into wild eyes!

Congratulations to the 2016 Someday Challenge Winners


Two strongly personal family tribute films have scooped 2016’s top honours in The Outlook for Someday film challenge.

The Body Shop Standout Winner is a film by 15 year old Sarah Ridsdale celebrating her uncle’s role in creating a haven for New Zealand’s native flora and fauna that is also an eco-tourism destination. In ‘Dog Island Motu Piu’ two young tuatara hear from their grandfather about how Peter Ridsdale, who died in June this year, founded the Dog Island Motu Piu Charitable Trust to preserve and promote the sustainability of the island. “I made the film for him and he got to see it 3 weeks before he died,” wrote Sarah when she entered her claymation docudrama into the film challenge. “It was played at his funeral which was special.” Sarah has been building up to this year’s success. She made winning films for the Someday Challenge in 2013 and 2015. “‘Dog Island Motu Piu’ appealed to me as soon as I saw it,” said Barrie Thomas, Managing Director of The Body Shop. “Not only is it extremely well made but it also tells an important conservation story in an amusing and original way.” The 5 minute film has also won the Department of Conservation Big Picture Award. “Sarah’s film exemplifies the importance of community groups working throughout the country to restore and protect our natural environments and historic places,” said Adrienne de Melo, Outreach and Education Coordinator at DOC.“It encapsulates DOC’s Big Picture values of Manaaki (to look after and to care for) and Aroha (compassion for the environment and understanding that we are all connected to the natural world).”

The winner of the online vote for the New Zealand On Air Audience Favourite is another heartfelt tribute to the memory of a beloved family member. In ‘Our Superheroes’ 12 year old Luka Wolfgram shares his family’s journey alongside his younger brother Kosta who endured cancer leading to his death in March this year. The 5 minute documentary, which also features other child cancer heroes, has attracted international media attention and thousands of online views, prompting donations to child cancer charities. “Luka has captured with such honesty and love an experience that no child, parent or sibling should have to go through,” said Robyn Kiddle, Chief Executive of the Child Cancer Foundation. “I know ‘Our Superheroes’ hit home for many of our families and the Child Cancer Foundation team. We are so proud of him for having the bravery to share this tribute to his little brother Kosta.” Luka’s film has also won the Stephens Lawyers Media Empowerment Award. “Luka has done an amazing job of bravely sharing a very poignant story,” said Michael Stephens, Managing Director of Stephens Lawyers. “For a 12 year-old film-maker he is to be congratulated. We are proud to be part of supporting him and all the film-makers involved in The Outlook for Someday.”

Watch The Someday Awards ceremony here: http://www.theoutlookforsomeday.net/about/watch-the-someday-awards-2016


“This year’s winning film-makers represent the diversity of their generation and they are embracing challenging subject matter with powerful storytelling. It bodes well for the future of New Zealand film-making.”

The 20 winning films in the Someday Challenge have been made by individuals and teams aged 7 to 21 from all over the country: Roxburgh, Timaru, Christchurch, Wellington, Ōtaki, Masterton, Palmerston North, Hastings, Rotorua, Te Puke and Auckland.

The Someday Challenge asks young people aged up to 24 to make short sustainability-related films of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes. Judges from the film industry, education, government and business selected this year’s 20 winning films out of 115 entries involving 395 young people.

Finland's Educational Revolution - Findland to get rid of all school subjects by 2020!

Exciting things are happening in Finland. With an education system already considered one of the best in the world, Finland is carrying through a real revolution in their school system by 2020.

Finnish officials want to remove school subjects from the curriculum. Instead of individual subjects such as physics, math, literature, history, or geography, students will study events and phenomena in an interdisciplinary format. For example, the Second World War will be examined from the perspective of history, geography, and math. Students will no longer sit behind school desks and be called upon to answer a question - instead, they will work together in small groups to discuss problems. 

The school reform will require a great deal of cooperation between teachers of different subjects. Around 70% of teachers in Helsinki have already undertaken preparatory work in line with the new system. 

>> Read more here

It's a Bugs Life

Helping young children do science

Check out this awesome new resource for ECE and Junior Primary students. Co created with students and teachers from ECE centres in Wellington. It is also a comprehensive guide for teachers on how to facilitate science learning in their programmes.

Good Choices NZ


Helping you make good choices

Good Choices is a website dedicated to helping consumers feel good about the purchase decisions they make for themselves, their families and their communities. There's a growing movement toward making better choices for products that are organic, sustainable, ethical, charitable and local.

Toimata Foundation have jumped on board and created a free Business Profile with Good Choices. They would love to see as many people possible join Good Choices where they can subscribe to the newsletter and be informed of competitions, news and site updates. If you or your business have the same values, principles and ethos as Good Choices they are here to help promote products and services to an audience proactively seeking organic, sustainable, ethical, charitable and local buying choices.

If your interested in getting involved, please take a look here

We also have some information for associations here


New Educational Digital Resource About The Huia Bird

12 Huia Birds is an interactive story and activity resource aimed at primary school-aged children and families and brings the tale alive through interactive pictures, animation, sound, activities and narration by George Henare in English and Te Reo Maori.

Kids can engage with the story, explore and learn through the accompanying interactive games and activities including a 360 degree photographic turn around of a pair of huia along with a recreation of their song.

Additional resources for educators are also avialble from the 12 Huia Birds website.

We hope you can take the opportunity to download this free app for a look and see how it might be of use within your education curriculum, school library or anywhere within your school.

It's time to Rewild the Child

George Monbiot argues that the more time children spend in the classroom, the worse they do at school because our narrow education system only rewards a particular skill set. He says that when you take failing pupils to the countryside, they often thrive – yet funding for outdoor education is being cut. George took a group of children to the seaside with the adventure learning charity WideHorizons.

BeeGAP - Gardeners Adding Pollinators

Creative Woodcraft Limited has developed and launched an exciting initiative “BeeGAP” (Gardeners Adding Pollinators) programme to close the “bee gap” for pollination of the food supply threatened by the declining honey bee. Gardeners are one of the strongest voices for creating awareness and encouraging raising gentle natured leafcutter bees nationwide. This powerful group typically is quick to try new ways for growing healthy food and plants in their yards. Gardeners are starting to change the way they pollinate their gardens, and how they use chemicals.

BeeGAP supporters will have access to:

·      Education and support bee pollination and ways to protect the environment.

·      Presentation materials for the BeeGAP speaker’s bureau. Gardeners can increase awareness within their communities and within school systems.

·      Access to their online shop offering bee friendly products to raise leafcutter bees and also encourage bumble bees.

·      Discounts on bee products.

·      At the same time, Enviroschool participants can help one another and create awareness and publicity of their own.

·      Teach the community and children about the amazing pollination capabilities of summer leafcutter bees and bumble bees, and their vital importance to our food supply.

·      Raise and harvest leafcutter bees, then rehome excess bee cocoons with other schools, family and friends.

·      Adopt-A-Bee program – raising awareness.

For more information please download the attached pdf document, or check out http://beegap.co.nz


River Rush educational game

River Rush is a digital game created by Waikato-Tainui to educate tamariki about various environmental issues. The game promotes the care of natural resources including flora and fauna, fish life and water quality.

The story is based on Tama and Poppy who embark on a journey of the awa and complete a series of quests set by their Nanny Wai to help restore the health and well being of the awa.

Developed to provide a fun learning experience for our tamariki, the goal of River Rush is to share the Waikato-Tainui story of our tupuna awa with the world.

Watch the promo trailer below! River Rush is compatible on Apple and Android devices.

 See more info on Waikato-Tainui website