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.

Everyone’s a Builder

Not everyone has confidence in themselves as a “builder", but as the team from Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui found out on their Ecological Building Team Day in March 2022, there are myriad ways to experience this Enviroschools Theme Area, and a...

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Momentum gained in waste reduction at Puddleducks Manchester St

Being an Enviroschool is about going on a long-term journey of sustainability. This requires commitment and passion along with continuous momentum. Puddleducks Manchester St, Feilding have been extremely successful on their sustainability journey in reducing waste by developing and deepening their Enviroschools practices since celebrating...

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Sowing the seeds of a better future

Napier Central School has sown the seeds for a better future after joining the Enviroschools programme last year. This combined with the support from Garden to Table and the wider community has fed the ground for on-going learning and action for their local environment.

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Gaining ground with weeding and planting on Raglan peninsular

Raglan Area School, Te Kura A Rohe O Whaingaroa, is a vibrant, bicultural school situated on a beautiful peninsula overlooking Whaingaroa Harbour beneath Karioi Maunga. This peninsular has been part of a school and community restoration towards native coastal ngahere for some years. Read more...

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Benefits of working together shown in Taupō approach

Experienced Enviroschools facilitator, Jenni Scothern-King, shares her first impressions of an Environmental Education collective she has joined as part of her shift from Te Matau ā Māui/ Hawkes Bay to Taupo. Find out more about how this community of facilitators works and the benefits that...

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