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Back to Enviroschool for Auckland children

February 5, 2021

A recent article in ‘Our Auckland, tō tātou Tāmaki Makaurau’ promoted the commitment of Enviroschools across the region, as young people and teaching staff return to their schools and centres.

Glendowie Kindergarten celebrates achieving Green Gold Enviroschools status.

More than 280 Auckland schools are on an Enviroschools sustainability journey to explore and act for our environment. These early childhood centres and schools connect with the environment, then plan, design and take local action in collaboration with their communities.

Enviroschools Regional Coordinator Tāmaki Makaurau, Marisa Pene says, “Enviroschools is a long-term holistic sustainability kaupapa that fosters our reconnection through place with Taiao, and with each other. It takes the view ‘He Oranga Taiao, He Oranga Tangata’ – in fostering the wellbeing of our environment, our own wellbeing flourishes.


Working in Konini School plant nursery.

The Enviroschools kaupapa is about creating a healthy, peaceful, sustainable world through learning and taking action together.

For example, Konini School, has achieved Green Gold Enviroschool level. Composting paper towels, restoring the school ngahere (forest), raising chickens, growing kumara to make soup to celebrate Matariki, and sharing knowledge of their school pou and pepeha are all key parts of their learning curriculum.


Moth plant pods collected by students around Howick.

The Enviroschools programme encourages the school communities to think about the environment outside of the school campus, too. They’ve created some clever challenges to improve biodiversity across Auckland including a moth plant seed pod challenge in Howick.

For the full article follow this link.

You can read the Konini Enviroschools article here.

And the moth plant seed pod story here.