Enviroschools Wellington | Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui update - news for Enviroschools across the region

Thank you

to the following partners for their ongoing support of the Enviroschools Programme in Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui / The Wellington Region.

In this issue :
What Enviroschools in the region have been up to, including
  • Wairarapa Moana Collaborations
  • Expansion of ECE Enviroschools across the region
  • The Jan Cox Memorial Award
  • Porirua School's Drains are for Rain inquiry
Resources and Opportunities worth looking at, including:
  • Exploring Enviroschools and Holistic Reflection Workshops
  • SeaWeek 2017
  • Movin' March 2017
  • Upcoming funding opportunities
Congratulations to
A note from the Enviroschools Team  

Kia ora koutou,

We have a creative, exciting and busy year ahead in 2017 and we are looking forward to supporting our Enviroschools on their sustainability journeys.

Our Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui team came together in January to reflect on our progress last year, and work out next steps for 2017. We used the Enviroschools holistic reflection process to help us with this. Here's a photo of our beautiful, laden Tawhai tree which will be used to inform our regional strategy and action plan. We now have a deeper appreciation of what it is like for our Enviroschools undertaking holistic reflections!

There are many ways for schools and ECE to explore the Enviroschools kaupapa, and to network and learn from others. Schools and ECE can jump on board with exciting initiatives such as pest tracking and trapping, developing habitats for lizards, taking action for water, and fostering genuine student led action. This is possible through wonderful partnerships between Enviroschools, local authorities, and other providers.

And a massive congratulations to Karyn and Willie for completing their 3,675 km hikoi of Te Araroa!
Ka mau te Wehi!

Ngā mihi,

Regional Coordinator
Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui

Upcoming Support for Schools and ECE

Region wide: Exploring Enviroschools Workshop
Friday 31 March 2017 at the Dowse, Lower Hutt.  

This full day workshop provides an introduction to Education for Sustainability and the Enviroschools Kaupapa.

It is for teachers, principals, parents or BOT members of new or existing Enviroschools, or those who are considering joining. It is also for any teachers wanting to incorporate education for sustainability into their teaching.

Download a flyer for more information.

Register here before 17 March 2017 if you'd like to attend.

Region wide: Reflection for Progress Workshop
Friday 12 May 2017 (venue to be confirmed)

This workshop is an opportunity for Enviroschools wanting to reflect on their Enviroschools journey to learn more about the Enviroschools Holistic Reflection Process.

Download a flyer for more information.

Register here by 28 April 2017 if you'd like to attend.

Hutt Valley: Meet the Providers
Thursday  23rd February, 3.30-5.30pm
Common Ground Hub, 49 Queens Drive, Central City Plaza, Lower Hutt CBD

Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui, Hutt City Council and Upper Hutt City Council invites teachers and other school staff to meet providers who can support sustainability learning and action at your school (for example people from Zealandia, the Council, Te Papa etc...)

We'd love to see you, members of your Board of Trustees, Principals and / or  school caretakers there!

Please RSVP to by 18 March.

Porirua: Enviroschools Network Hui
Wednesday 1st March, 3.45 - 5.30
Hosted at Glenview School, Porirua East.
Focus : Empowered Students 

Kāpiti: KEEN (Kāpiti Environmental Educators Network) Hui
Wednesday 15th March, 3.45 - 5.15
Hosted @ Paekakariki School

Congratulations to.....

Mauriceville School, Churton Park School Tui Glen School and Kāpiti College who all reflected as Bronze Enviroschools in Term 4 2016.

Check our Mauriceville School's amazing plastic bottle greenhouse, featured on a Fair Go special look at how plastic is choking our shores and creeping into our food chain.

Churton Park School celebrated their Bronze Reflection on Friday 16th December with a student-led assembly.

Councillors Jill Day, Malcolm Sparrow and Peter Gilbert attended and presented them with their certificate, an apple tree for their orchard and encouraged the students to seek councillors support.

The Tui Glen School Envirogroup can feel really proud of the work they have done to support their school to reach the Bronze stage. With support from their lead teacher Miss Harrington and school neighbour Ross McKinnon, these students are developing great waste minimisation systems and an amazing garden area.

Congratulations to Kāpiti College on their confirmation of the Bronze Stage at their Reflection session in December. The Eco Action Group of teachers & students are making significant contributions towards creating a sustainable community on the Kāpiti Coast. See what it means to them to be an Enviroschool.

Congratulations also to Boulcott School, South End School and Carterton School who all reflected as Silver Enviroschools in Term 4 2016.

Inaugural Jan Cox Memorial Award  at Kāpiti College
Congratulations to Billie van den Oever & Natasha Polglase who were recognised at the Kāpiti College senior prize-giving ceremony in December 2016, as the first recipients of The Jan Cox Memorial Award for Promoting a Better Environment.  Jan laid the foundations for the Enviroschools programme in the Wellington region and was the National Manager for the Enviroschools programme from 2012-2016.  Thank you Kāpiti College for continuing to celebrate Jan's passion for environmental education.  See here for more details.

What Enviroschools in the Region have been up to...

Early Childhood Education Update
We are excited to welcome a new cohort of early childhood centres in the region who are starting their Enviroschools journey. This includes 5 centres in Upper Hutt, 5 in Lower Hutt, 6 in Wellington City, and 3 in Masterton.

We have been impressed by the enthusiasm of the teachers in these centres for this kaupapa. We are also grateful for the support from Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens, Hutt City Kindergartens, the Wairarapa Early Childhood Network, and REAP, as well as from our funding partners  the Hutt City Council, Upper Hutt City Council, Masterton District Council and Wellington City Council

Hutt City Council has been a leader in this area, supporting our Enviroschools facilitators to engage with ECE from 2012. Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui now run network meetings open to all  ECE teachers across the region. We also have new clusters of committed Enviroschools in Masterton, the Hutt Valley and Wellington.  The ongoing participation of existing ECE Enviroschools provide ongoing inspiration through their experiences and examples.  

One of our new ECE Enviroschools, Paparangi Kindergarten marked the beginning of 2017 with a celebration of achieving a significant aspiration, with the construction and blessing of their new Waharoa (gateway)  Read more here about their celebration

Wairarapa Moana Collaborations.
Two primary schools of South Wairarapa have been taking action to  care for the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands. This has been enabled as a result of collaborations between Enviroschools, Greater Wellington Regional Council, The Whitebait Connection and the Department of Conversation.

Students from St Teresa’s school have learnt to monitor the health of a local stream and developed a plan to protect and enhance its plant and insect life. Through these actions, students have become young Kaitiaki/Guardians of the unique lakes, wetlands and waterways of Wairarapa Moana. Read their story here

With support from the Department of Conservation and Enviroschools, children at South Featherston School have created a range of colourful signs to help educate visitors to the Wairarapa Moana Wetlands to look out for threatened bird species that are breeding nearby.  Read their story here

Porirua School - Spreading the Word on Storm Drain awareness
Porirua School have been busy educating their tamariki and the wider community about the importance of using stormwater drains for rain only.  As part of  trialing the  'Drains are for Rain' resource being developed by Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui they have painted a stormwater drain mural at their school, and worked with  Porirua City Council to label drains around their school with labels to remind their community that Drains are ONLY for Rain. Ka Rawe!  Read more about their experience and download our draft version of the resource here 

All New Zealand Enviroschools are invited to get involved in the Petition to ban single use plastic shopping bags - being led by Carisbrook School in Dunedin.

All the details of how to collect signatures and the information and links for learning about it are on the Otago Enviroschools Page. They are taking it to Parliament early March. 


Resources worth looking at
It's a Bug's Life
Check out this awesome new resource for teachers of children aged 2-8; It's a Bug's Life.  This comprehensive guide for teachers is about how to facilitate science learning in their programmes. It was co created by Te Papa and tamariki, teachers and whānau of Raumati South Kindergarten, Imagine Childcare and Kiwi Kids Childcare.

Movin' March 1-31 March 2017

Movin’March is a month long event run by Greater Wellington Regional Council celebrating active journeys to school in the Wellington region. Walking, cycling and scooting to school have many benefits for children. As well as being a great opportunity for regular exercise in the outdoors, they can improve independence, physical and mental health, decision making, risk assessment and road safety skills.

There are many ways to celebrate and support students to make active and sustainable trips to and from school, many of which can be incorporated into the curriculum in and out of the classroom. Take part in the Walk or Wheel Challenge to be in to win great prizes for your school and students – or use the new Movin’March lesson plans in class.  To find out more, visit

Stream Health Assessment Kits
Greater Wellington Regional Council still have Stream Health Assessment Kits available for school's to borrow.

These  kits provide a simple and practical resource for teachers wanting to engage students in learning about the importance of water quality, ecological systems and scientific approaches. The kits are designed to be used in the field by teachers and students undertaking practical aspects of stream health assessment.. 
Click here for more information about the kits or email to book them for your school.

GWRC are also trialling a Student Transport Grant for travel associated with using the Stream Health Assessment Kits or being involved in the Whitebait
Connection, Porirua Harbour and Wairarapa Moana school programmes.  Travel can be reimbursed  on a sliding scale based on decile rating: 90% for deciles 1-4, 70% for deciles 5-7 and 50% for deciles 8-10 with a maximum of $500 per school per year.  Contact 

Other upcoming dates:

Funding Opportunities
Have a look on our website for a list of funding opportunities for 2017.  Applications are currently open for the WWF Environmental Action Fund (closing 15 March 2017), the Keep NZ Beautiful Wall worthy competition (closing 31 March 2017) and O-I New Zealand Environmental Fund (expressions of interest due 21 March 2017).  Information about these funds and links to the relevant websites can be found here.

26th and 27th February at Zealandia
Help document the creatures in your environment by getting involved in Zealandia's BioBlitz. 

The Sunday session is for families and the public to come along and get involved. 
The Monday session is for local schools to come join the fun. If your school is interested in being involved, contact Ali Whitton, Wellington City Council.
For more information download a flyer here

SeaWeek 2017
Saturday 25 February - Sunday 5 March
Toiora te Moana, Toiora te Tangata - Healthy Seas, Healthy People
Seaweek 2017 is New Zealand’s annual campaign to educate and inspire New Zealanders about their connection to the sea. The Department of Conservation is keen to provide support to help make Seaweek 2017 a success in the Wellington Region.

Are you interested in hosting a Seaweek event? Be sure to register your public event on the official Seaweek website. Some of the materials that DOC are offering to loan include: a pop-up tent (3x3m), pavement signs, informational brochures, stickers, spot prizes (e.g. books), rubbish bags, in-house printing, etc. Please contact Amy Brasch

Examples of free events in the Wellington region are beach cleanups, snorkeling days at Whitireia Coast, and live cinema events about the Hutt River. For more information about Seaweek please look here - Seaweek 2017.
For any questions or queries, or if you want to run your own Seaweek event please contact: Sara Stuart-Currier on 027 466 0362 or via email

Marine focused educational resources are also available on the DOC website

Common Ground 2017
Public Art festival: Groundwater
25 February - 4 March 2017

This festival explores our relationship with water – the Hutt River Te Awakairangi, its streams, springs and the aquifer beneath – and its importance to our sense of place, health and wellbeing.

It offers lots of exciting contexts for learning and participation in the arts and sciences.

These include stream health/ecology, flooding, testing water quality, mapping our waterways, climate change, how we care for and relate to nature, stories and histories about our waterways - and how art can add to the conversation.Have a look!   Common Ground festival: Exciting opportunities ..

Keep in touch with new details through the website and the commongroundfestival facebook page.

Understanding the Treaty - public workshop from Groundwork
Saturday 18 March 9.30 - 4pm
Community Law Wellington and Hutt Valley 
 Level, 8/203 Willis St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
Cost: $60
This workshop is an engaging introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi. Over the course of a day you'll gain an understanding of: why we have a Treaty, what it says, colonisation, current Treaty issues and personal responses.
Spaces are limited, register now .  

Papa Taiao Earthcare Gateway Programme
Registrations close 24 Feb.
Check out the 2017 Papa Taiao Earthcare Academy program which combines sustainability and enterprise in a dynamic, immersive course for Year 11-13 students. With a focus on learning through doing, students  complete NCEA L2 or L3 achievement standards in Business and Education for Sustainability alongside restoration-related vocational unit standards. Limited spaces. Registrations close 24 Feb.To find out more, or to register for the programme, get in touch with Wellington Program Coordinator Phoebe Balle  +64275 416 406

Young Reporters for the Environment, Litter Less Campaign
In 2017 the Young Reporters For The Environment (YRE) programme is back even bigger and better! Keep New Zealand Beautiful are now taking expressions of interest from schools with 11- 18 year old students  who would like to find out more about taking part in the Young Reporters For The Environment, Litter Less Campaign. 

Entries open in Term 1, 2017 and close in July 2017.

The goal of the YRE Litter Less is to reduce litter and affect long-term behaviour change among young people.  It aims to empower young people to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video.   

2017 Sustainability Calendar

This calendar shows dates of Sustainability events around the country and the world for 2017 and offers ideas that your school or ECE could get involved in.  It is also available on our website.


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