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.

Humane Pest Control - An in-depth Northland Perspective

People engaged in the war against pests face something of an ethical dilemma every day. They know they’re doing work essential to the protection of New Zealand’s native animals, birds, plants and trees – but they’re also actively killing animals that are in our country...

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A Model of Inter-generational Learning - Te Puna Community Kindergarten Celebrates a Special Person

Recently Te Puna Community Kindergarten tamariki, kaiako and whānau came together to celebrate Gordon, (or Farmer Burr as the tamariki know him), our much loved neighbour, now in his 90th year. Find out more about the contribution Farmer Burr has made to this community.

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Kaitiakitanga – Tamariki explore pest control with respect at Ruawai Kindergarten

The vision of a healthy, peaceful, and sustainable community involves bringing together many different skills, perspectives and resources. At Ruawai Kindergarten they have been addressing an issue that affects the well-being of their learning spaces. Head Teacher Teresa Robertson and the teaching team Lisa Matthews,...

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Atua Māori bring sustainability to life at Barnardos Early Learning Centre Wainuiomata

At Barnardos Early Learning Centre Wainuiomata, tamariki have developed a sense of place and belonging through their exploration of ngā Atua Mäori. Learn more about how this deepening understanding of the Enviroschools Guiding Principle, Mäori Perspectives, evolved.

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Te Ngātahi – Growing an Outdoor Classroom from Roots to Tip

A student-led process at Fernridge School in Masterton developed into a whole school inquiry of ecological building and living landscapes. Students helped plan and build an outdoor classroom, developing a greater understanding and respect for their school grounds along the way. Find out more about...

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