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We would like to acknowledge the depth and breadth of the Enviroschools network in 16 regions of Aotearoa and Te Waiponamu. The expertise, experience, dedication and knowledge of each Regional team and every Enviroschool involved, contributes to the ultimate success of the Enviroschools programme in New Zealand!  

These are the latest happenings in our regions with more news on each regional page at In Your Region

Bush tea, mangals, shore surveys, plants for bees and pests

WaiRestoration workshop a great success.....

The coastal environment was the focus for this year’s annual WaiRestoration professional development day, recently enjoyed by keen teachers and school community members at Aroha Island near Kerikeri.

Studying mangals (mangrove forests), learning how to survey the local seashore, making native bush tea from leaves and flowers, finding out about bee plants and beekeeping, and tracking and trapping pests were among the day’s learning opportunities.

Enviroschools Regional Coordinator Susan Karels says participants could choose to attend four out of five practical workshops designed to stimulate, enthuse and provide a kickstart for school-based WaiRestoration projects next year.

“We wanted the schools to be inspired about how they can incorporate WaiRestoration into their teaching,” she said. “All awa (rivers) lead into the moana (sea), so the coastal riparian environment is both important and relevant to their environmental studies.”

“It was a fantastic day that ended with everyone making a commitment to continue the work they have started,” Ms Karels said. “They wrote out a self-addressed envelope and put their WaiRestoration pledges inside. We’ll send these to them to help get the ball rolling when school starts next year.” 

Bobby Leef demonstrates the workings of a beehive at the annual WaiRestoration professional development day.

 

Regional Newsletters

Highlighting actions, learning and events from around Aotearoa

These newsletters are filled with amazing highlights from schools and kindergartens! Some profile specific action projects, others showcase regional events and workshops...check out the links below and be inspired by what's happening in regions around Aotearoa!

Northland - Enviroschools Northland 

Auckland - Connections 

Waikato - Waikato blogsite

Bay of Plenty- Plenty for Teachers 

Gisborne - Enviroschools Tairawhiti 

Hawke's Bay - Enviroschools in Hawke's Bay

Manawatu-Wanganui - Seedlings eNewsletter

Taranaki - Enviroschools Taranaki 

Wellington - E-newsletters

Nelson & Tasman - EcoBuzz

Marlborough - Greentalk Schools Newsletter

West Coast - Enviroschools on the West Coast 

Canterbury - Chatterbox   Latest newsletter direct download here (March 2017)

Otago - Enviroschools Otago 

Southland - Enviroschools Southland newsletters

EVolocity national competition 2017

One hundred teams from 70 schools have been hard at work as part of Evolocity's Build Your Own electric vehicle competition. The national compeition was held in Christchurch at the beginning of December 2017.

 

Hundreds attend Enviroschools Karapiro event

In October 2017, over 200 pupils and nearly 50 teachers from 22 schools in Hamilton and the wider Waikato took part in an event supporting Catalysts for Change.

“We worked with schools, community groups, business and council staff to deliver activities focused on the Enviroschools guiding principles of learning for sustainability, empowering students, sustainable communities and Maori perspectives”, says Enviroschools Waikato regional coordinator Ruairi Kelly.
 

“It involved pupils learning many new things, being inspired to find out more and identifying actions they can use when back at school or at home.”

Pupils talked about how much they enjoyed activities such as learning how to test water’s quality, making rope from flax, hunting for bugs, pest control and much more.

“The enthusiasm of these pupils bodes well for the care of our regional environment in future,” says Ruairi.
 
Story and photo provided by Newsie.co.nz 2017.

Boomerang Bag needs people who sew to make it all happen

Lauree Jones doesn't class herself as the plastic police but she does want to make a difference - one reusable bag at a time.

By Christmas, Jones, the Taranaki Enviroschools' regional co-ordinator, hopes to launch the Boomerang Bag initiative in Taranaki and she needs needle-bearing recruits to help her create the reusable bags.

"This is Taranaki Enviroschools' initiative to try to support the elimination of single use plastic bags and so this is just one way of doing that," she said.

"We want to get them [Boomerang Bags] out in the community as well as encouraging people to remember their re-usuable bags."

Boomerang Bags are reusable bags that the community creates, uses and shares - if they like.

Click here for the full story.

Taranaki Enviroschools Royal Visit November 2015

Enviroschools Taranaki was invited to take part in the recent Royal Visit to New Zealand, given how interested Prince Charles is in sustainability and empowering youth. A party of around 50 represented Enviroschools in the region near the Te Rewa Rewa bridge.

Katie Sinclair & Bailey Bright from Opunake High School spoke with His Royal Highness and explained what they do within their school and the community to support sustainability within their region. Simon Fuller, Opunake High School’s Principal, was on hand to discuss with the Prince how great Enviroschools is for students and the school in general. In particular, His Royal Highness was impressed with the students’ community work and their recent trip to Bali where they volunteered at schools either teaching English or helping build a classroom.

     
Lauree Tito, Taranaki Enviroschools Regional Coordinator, Prince Charles, Bailey Bright from Opunake High School & Andrew Judd, Mayor of New Plymouth.  Discussing Enviroschools with His Royal Highness.


Prince Charles collecting a packet of Kumi Kumi pumpkin seeds from Kings Seeds from a royal supporter.

 Waite, Principal, Marie Stark, lead Enviroschools teacher, & Keith Mitchell, BOT Chair, all from Toko School, were able to demonstrate the benefits of having the full support of the staff and Board to create success in an Enviroschool. Toko School is a prime example of this with their recent Silver Enviroschool achievement. Around 35 Toko school students from the Envirogroup were on hand to explain to the Prince the results of their investigations into the differences between rural and coastal waterways and what was required to sustain each.

Lauree Tito, Regional Coordinator for Taranaki Enviroschools & Esther Kirk, Resource and PD Manager for Toimata Foundation, were able to further explain the benefits of the Enviroschools programme to His Royal Highness. Lauree and Esther presented him with a copy of the 2014 national Enviroschools census report.

Lauree is really proud to have been able to showcase the Enviroschools kaupapa and thanks the students & staff for the fabulous job they all did of representing their schools, their whānau, their community & the province. It was an honour to be part of the day.

   
Prince Charles finding out more from Toko students about their investigations on rural to coastal waterways studies.   

 

Following the visit to New Zealand, Lauree received this letter of thanks from the Assistant Private Secretary to The Prince of Wales,  ka pai Lauree!! 

Enviroschools Jams in Auckland for Secondary School Students

'Mini Green Jams' is a concept that has been put into action after the Auckland Secondary Schools Sustainability Conference, held in Term 1 this year.

The purpose of the regional mini jams in Auckland is to get a wider group of like-minded students together to empower and inspire one-another.  The jams also have been great in:

  • motivating host schools to get action happening and consolidate sustainability in their school
  • giving students practice of running sustainable events
  • keeping momentum up in all schools
  • tackling bigger actions in regions
  • making sustainability more mainstream 

The third mini Jam to happen in Auckland this year was at Glenfield College.  They hosted the latest Green Jam in their school marae and had a focus on Māori Perspectives in the environment, native plant seed sowing, recycling and a swap-meet.  

Find out more on their school website www.glenfieldcollege.school.nz/

       

Four other mini Green Jams have also been held this year!  St Kentigern College hosted the eastern, Waitakere  College in the west, Papatoetoe High School in the south and One Tree Hill College in central Auckland.  Keep up the momentum this is wonderful! 

 

Papatuanuku