Creating Change

The holistic, long-term Enviroschools journey creates fertile ground for a range of learning and action.

When tamariki/ students connect with their place and its people, and then plan, design and take action, they are creating change.

Through this empowering experience, they will become life-long change-makers.  The collective exploration is based in the concept of ako, where all participants are simultaneously learners and teachers, and everybody learns from each other.  It is a process of co-creation between people and all of the elements and energies around us. Caring for our place and the whole planet becomes a living curriculum where skills and competencies are gained through experience and mahi within meaningful community settings.

In the following stories you can see how Enviroschools participants are learning with their heads, hands and hearts – connecting with nature, exploring indigenous wisdoms, forming relationships with tangata whenua, collaborating with people in their diverse communities, and finding out about their own qualities and passions.  Learning and action in Enviroschools does not just have environmental outcomes but social, cultural and economic benefits too.

Our Haerenga - Central Kids Paraone Kindergarten

At Paraone we understand the importance of integrating kaupapa Māori theoretical perspectives. We are deepening our practices and belief systems by placing an emphasis on intangible concepts such as an ethos of care and by having a spiritual connection to Papatūānuku. Read more about our journey.

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Wise words from a leader of action learning

With many years leading an Enviroschool, Principal Linda Campbell holds a tremendous amount of knowledge of the programme at Kimbolton School. With Linda’s retirement on the horizon, Sarah Williams, Regional Coordinator for the Enviroschools Programme in Manawatu-Whanganui saw an opportunity to capture some of this...

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What a difference a year makes - Aparima College students reflect on 2020

Students in the Aparima College EnvioCouncil and their teacher, Lynne Grove, reflect on a full year of action and challenges, celebrations and planning for the next year. Read what the students and their teacher wrote in the Phoenix (school magazine) to share with others.

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Manu Tukutuku and Tracking Tunnels Tackled at Tokanui

Josh Sullivan, one of our new facilitators, and most southern, works for Environment Southland Te Taiao Tonga as Environmental Education Facilitator and supports the Enviroschools Programme in the Southland region along with Regional Coordinator Megan Bates. Here he provides a glimpse of how a day...

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Riverview Students Seek a Sustainable Future Together with their Community

Riverview Primary School and community in Kerikeri Northland recently shared some of their learn and sustainable actions with Enviroschools visitors as part of a sharing and decision-making day towards their Green-Gold status. Here we learn about the experience of spending the day with passionate young...

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