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.

Sustainable Communities Through Kai

Kai is central to any sustainable community.  Growing, cooking and sharing kai can bring communities closer together and closer to te taiao - the environment. Over five years, two groups of Enviroschools from Waikato and Tāmaki Makaurau - Auckland, delved deeply into the many aspects...

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Generation of Changemakers Emerges at Greytown School

An air of confidence and clarity is evident in 11-12 year old Greytown School students as they grapple with and address real world problems through their in-class sustainability inquiry. “You can’t sit around waiting for someone else to do it,” says Petra. “You need to...

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Tuakana/Teina Relationships Alive and Well in Wainuiomata Schools

Mā te tuakana te teina e tōtika, Mā te teina te tuakana e tōtika. The older will lead the younger and the younger will lead the older. When, in September 2018, Wainuiomata High School called and asked their neighbouring primary school for help, Konini Primary...

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Sustainability Thrives in Inner City Environment

When the students at Tinui School in the Wairarapa countryside heard there was a small urban Green-Gold Enviroschool (roll of 70) on a tiny little site within the Wellington Central Business District, they wondered how that could work. How could such a small school, in...

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Whole School Approach to Tackling Waste Takes Off at Trentham

Starting with a few interested students learning about waste in their lunch hours, over two years Trentham School have put in place a comprehensive waste minimisation system with the whole school involved. The key to getting whole school involvement in the system was in dedicating...

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