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Creating sustainable communities through sustainable schooling

March 28, 2023

Ruawai College students plant up wetland species they are growing for planting out into local waterways.

Te Taitokerau is home to 150 Enviroschools – that’s 70% of Northland schools, 32% of early childhood centres, and more than 26,000 tamariki and ākonga (students).

A Northland Regional Council newsletter article captures examples of the depth and breadth of the Enviroschools programme across Northland. It celebrates the local and holistic approach taken in different sectors through to “graduating” into the tertiary or work sectors with attitudes and values, knowledge and skills that influence career choices and promote kaitiakitanga, collaboration and problem-solving.


Protecting our natural world is second nature for a generation of tamariki and rangatahi, and Northland is reaping the benefits.


“The next generation is learning that looking after the environment is ‘normal’ and something that should be a priority at all times,” says Northland Regional Council education manager and Enviroschools regional co-ordinator Susan Karels. “Caring for te taiao [the environment] is at the heart of what NRC does, so we love helping young people learn how rewarding it can be.”

Measure twice, cut once. Trap building at Oruaiti.


Read the full Northland Regional Council article here.


Banner image: Digging in before planting at BestStart Pipiwai Kindy’s Waitaua Awa project.

Other Enviroschools stories that relate to the NRC article:

Enviroschools | Ākonga-led learning and action at Oruaiti celebrated

Enviroschools | Humane Pest Control – An in-depth Northland Perspective

Enviroschools | Kaipara Moana Remediation partner with Northern Kaipara Secondary Schools