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Here's where you can find out about up and coming Education for Sustainability competitions, workshops, events and other exciting goings on that we've heard about through our networks.
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Habitat Heroes Competition 2017 - Get Kids Into Nature!

Closing 29th September

Do you know an early childhood centre, school or community group that’s doing great restoration work or wants to get started and doesn’t know how? The Habitat Heroes resources and 2017 competition is a great place for them to start!
By passing on the following information, you can encourage groups, new and old to start taking action and sharing their great work with the rest of New Zealand. This is a call to encourage us all to promote this year’s Habitat Heroes competition in our own spaces.
The Habitat Heroes Competition is a DOC run competition that encourages young people to explore a local natural environment and think about how they can make a difference.
This year’s competition runs until 29th September, with winners being announced during Conservation Week. Up for grabs will be three $500 voucher prizes to contribute to the conservation action project identified in the entry. There will be prizes for each of the following categories:
  • Explore your local green space
  • Explore your local marine space
  • Explore your local stream
To enter, groups of two or more students need to:
  1. Get a teacher or group leader to register the group online.
  2. Explore and investigate the health of a local natural environment. There are teaching and learning resources available to help guide teachers and group leaders.
  3. Share a summary of the work on any online forum (school blog, YouTube, Facebook etc.) or social media platform with the hashtag #HabitatHeroes and send the link to conservED@doc.govt.nz
Entries from already existing investigations are welcome – it doesn’t have to be a new project and entries from both school groups and community groups are encouraged.
Don’t forget to check out the teaching and learning resources for this competition, and other supporting resources on the DOC Education webpage – www.doc.govt.nz/education

ToP Group Facilitation Methods course: September 13th - 15th

Group Facilitation Methods is Module 1+ of the Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitative Leadership Program. The course will be held at Te Mauri Tau, in Whaingaroa (Raglan), Waikato, New Zealand.

Register here

Who the course is for:

People working with stakeholders and/or community groups, involved in partnerships, public consultation or in community engagement and other contexts requiring a collaborative approach will find the methods particularly useful.
This course is suitable for beginning facilitators, as well as those who are more experienced who are looking to add depth to their skills, and competency with a set of robust and well-tested methods.
Over the years we have found that participants who have been working with groups for a while, and have had a chance to trial a few approaches and make a few mistakes get great value from the course - the course format encourages you to share and learn from your experiences in a supportive environment.
What the course covers:
This three-day course will cover the Technology of Participation  Facilitative Leadership Programme Module 1 (the discussion and workshop methods), and explore the craft of facilitation (part of Module 2) - its underlying theory and dynamics. The course also includes considerations for facilitators working in Maori contexts.
The course will equip participants with:
Understanding and practical skills to facilitate better meetings and workshops in a range of contexts
greater confidence and new tools for working with a group and
the opportunity for some hands on practice and quality feedback in a safe, supportive setting.
The Technology of Participation facilitation training  (ToP TM ) has been road tested in more than 50 countries over the past 30 years, used in corporate contexts, community development projects, in a wide range of contexts including health, education, agriculture and natural resource management.
A participant needs analysis will be conducted ahead of the course so that it can be best tailored to participant needs. Follow up mentoring by the trainers post the course, is also included in the course fee.
What previous participants have said about the Module 1 Group Facilitation Methods course:
"This is one of the most valuable courses I have been on. I will use all the theory in practice!" 
"Incorporating a NZ flavour with Maori values and with a spiritual/holistic element is very powerful." 
The style of training: 
"There is a well-considered blend between reference to the manual, verbal explanation, demonstrated learning, then experienced by learners, follow up by feedback – excellent process for learning" 
The benefits and learnings: 
"Huge benefit. The training was very relevant to my work and can be used broadly."
"The course was a fantastic opportunity to learn practical tools directly relevant to my work and life, to feel empowered to be me! "
The leaders:
"Inspirational and aspirational style of facilitation and real modelling of what facilitation is all about."
"Amazingly wise (knowledgeable, skilled) Inspiring. Generous. Authentic. Beautiful."
"Michelle and Helen have a good complement of skills and personalities. Tuihana and Katarina are real taonga aroha wahine xx."    
Academic Awards Available:
Completion of this course can be used toward attainment of either the Graduate Diploma in Facilitative Leadership, or the Diploma in Facilitative Management, offered through Infinity Training Australia Pty.
To find out more, please contact Michelle or Helen: 
Email: participatorytechniquesltd@gmail.com
Web: www.participatorytechniquesltd.co.nz
Ph: 0274574414 Michelle or 021 076 1221 Helen

New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) 8th Biennial Conference

Call for abstracts

Wednesday 18 - Friday 20 April 2018
Wellington Girls College, Wellington, New Zealand

Educators, practitioners and supporters of environmental education are invited to submit abstracts of short presentations, short workshops, long workshops, or another format to be considered for the 2018 conference.

The closing date for abstract submission is 8pm on September 14th 2017, with no exceptions.

For more information download this flyer.


The Outlook for Someday offers up free sustainability film-making workshops

Young people + film + sustainability =

As young people around New Zealand start making films for this year’s Someday Challenge last year’s winners are scooping up new awards.
For anyone aged up to 24 the annual challenge is to make a sustainability-related film of any genre, filmed with any camera and any length up to 5 minutes.
The prize package for each of the 20 winning films includes a commitment that it will be entered into at least one international film festival the following year.
So far in 2017 three of the winning films from 2016 have gone on to win further awards and another six have been nominated at film festivals in New Zealand and overseas.
The entry deadline for the Someday Challenge in 2017 is 8 September.
The film-maker or team behind each of the 20 winning films will be honoured at The Someday Awards red-carpet ceremony at Auckland’s Aotea Centre in December.
Someday Workshops are also now taking place throughout New Zealand, including Kaupapa Māori workshops and Pasifika-focused workshops.
The one-day and two-day film-making workshops run from 9am to 4.30pm on weekdays for young people from school years 7 to 13 (aged 11 to 18) as well as teachers and youth workers.
To register for a Someday Workshop go to www.theoutlookforsomeday.net/workshops

The 2017 Hiwi the Kiwi Show - coming to your school!

With New Zealand being a country where you are never far from the sea, the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council are aiming to educate children from an early age on how to best enjoy, manage, protect and preserve our marine environment.

Hiwi the Kiwi has now appeared at over 1100 schools across New Zealand. The show uses the interaction of music and performance to teach children about sustainability of kai moana and the effect of plastic in our ocean on sea life.

Click here for a taste of Hiwi the Kiwi.

For more information or to book a performance, contact Mark de Lacy at Hiwi the Kiwi