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:
  • Tuna Kuwharuwharu / Long Finned Eel experiences for ECE centres
  • Secondary School Teacher PD
  • Te Awarua o Porirua schools PLD 'Nature is our Classroom'
  • Maui Dolphin Kaitiaki Taonga Presented to Kāpiti College Eco Action Group
Resources and Opportunities worth looking at, including:
  • Matariki resources
  • Wild Eyes - nature missions for Kiwi Kids
  • Tamsin Hanly’s Critical Guide to Māori & Pākehā histories of Aotearoa
Congratulations to:
  • Fernridge School and San Antonio School

A note from the Enviroschools Team 

Kia ora koutou,

It’s nearly the end of May - Where did those months go! There’s so much on offer in Term 2 and 3 to help you with your mahi - take a look at the fantastic resources, learning and action opportunities below. And do draw on the immense knowledge and experience of your local facilitator.

Our team had an inspiring few days at the Enviroschools National Hui in Hamilton in April. We connected with the Enviroschools kaupapa. We connected with our national network of facilitators and regional coordinators (see pic), and we learnt about the incredible mahi happening across Aotearoa. The hui affirmed to me that building and strengthening whanaungatanga, and connecting with others makes dreams possible.

I want to give you plenty of notice that in Term 4 of this year, Toimata Foundation (the national Enviroschools organisation) will be conducting a Nationwide Census in Enviroschools. The last census was in 2014, where we achieved an exceptional 73% response rate resulting in an immensely rich pool of data about the outcomes of our programme. A huge mihi to those Enviroschools in Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui that were able to contribute.

Lead teachers of each Enviroschool will be sent a hard copy of the 2017 Census questionnaire at the start of Term 4, and we will be asking you to complete the survey and help build our puna matauranga (pool of knowledge) about the amazing actions and efforts of Enviroschools.  Look out for an email with further information about the census shortly.

Ngā mihi nui, Dana 
Regional Coordinator
Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui

He Maimai Aroha - he mihi aroha nui a mātou ki te whānau o Clifton Terrace Model School. 

We are devastated to have heard about the sudden passing of Brigid Conaglen, Co-Principle of Clifton Terrace Model School.  Brigid has made such wonderful contributions to our Enviroschools whānau in Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui.  Under her leadership, Clifton Terrace Model School has become a school that truly lives and breathes sustainability.  We know that this will be a very difficult time for the Clifton Terrace community, and we are sending you all our love.

Brigid, pictured above in the blue jacket with colleague Sandra Thomas at the recent Holistic Reflection workshop. 
Upcoming Support for Schools and ECE

Region Wide: Exploring Enviroschools Workshop
Friday 1 September 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 18 August 2017 if you'would like to attend.

Wairarapa: Drains are for Rain Workshops
Wednesday 24 May 5.15pm - 7.15pm
Carterton School

Introducing the Enviroschools Drains are for Rain resource. Esther will
• talk about the environmental impacts of putting contaminants down our storm water drains
• provide a handout with all the information you need to go back to your class and teach the subject
• work with you to create ideas for stencils that can be replicated or created back at school

This programme is for all teachers & early childhood teachers $5.00 per person
To register please email Trudy –

Wairarapa: Whakapapa wairua ngā taonga tuku iho
Tuesday 23 May  5.00-8.30pm
St Matthews Collegiate

Kahungunu-ki-Wairarapa Mātauranga team invite teachers, principals and BOTs to an evening mini conference.

Workshops and keynote speaker to support your journey into Te Ao Māori.
Highly recommended for Wairarapa teachers.
Download a flyer here.  RSVP to Lynette 0272128000 

Porirua: Enviroschools Network Hui
Tuesday 23 May  3.45 - 5.30pm
Porirua School
Lizard Habitats & Student led Museum tour

Hutt Valley: Te Awa Kairangi Enviroschools PD and networking Hui
Thursday  25th May, 3.30-5.30pm
Silverstream School

Focus: How do we empower our students to take real action for their environment?
RSVP here (to ensure we have enough kai and seats for everyone)


Congratulations to Fernridge School for such a wonderful Silver Holistic Reflection in Term 1.
They affirmed their Silver stage while celebrating their whole school focus on the Environment over the term.
One syndicate even grew food for the Holistic Reflection team as part of their learning.

Congratulations also to San Antonio School who also reflected as a Silver Enviroschool this term.  Our facilitation team was  touched by the thoughtfulness and excitement of the students.

Congratulations also to Dianne Christenson,  from Koraunui Primary School,
who received 2016 Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize.


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

Tuna Kuwharuwharu / Long Finned Eel experiences for ECE centres at Otari Ngahere.
A summer event was held in February for a cluster network of 6 Wellington City ECE Enviroschools centres, who enjoyed the opportunity to gather together for a day of learning about Tuna Kuwharuwharu/Long finned eels in the Otari Bush setting. Read more here 

Secondary School Teacher PD
Secondary School kaiako from five colleges of Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui attended an Enviroschools Professional Development hui in the April school holidays. They heard from students about what initiatives had been undertaken in their schools,  they heard from DOC, Porirua Harbour Trust and Upper Hutt City Council about resources available and they participated in a River Processes workshop.  Read more here about how the Enviroschools Secondary School network is developing.  

Te Awarua o Porirua schools Nature is our Classroom PLD day
A group of teachers working in schools located in Te Awarua o Porirua Harbour Catchment participated in a Teacher PLD day, predominantly IN the environment, with a focus on supporting students learning experiences in the context of being in our great outdoors.  Read more here

Maui Dolphin Kaitiaki Taonga Presented to Kāpiti College Eco Action Group
Kāpiti College is the first enviroschool to receive the Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui Kaitiaki Taonga - a limited edition Sheyne Tuffery artwork, recognising their high level commitment to a role of kaitiakitanga for the environment.  Read more here about the story behind this Taonga and its journey to Kāpiti College.

Empowering students to take action on predators

100 primary school students, many from Enviroschools, along with 28 secondary school students, attended Zealandia’s Bioblitz event on Monday 27 February. The aim of the day was to help students document the creatures in their environment. Bioblitz Go is like Pokemon Go except it has a real world use! Instead of catching digital creatures, you’re out looking for real living organisms.

Among the facilitators of each group were youth ambassadors George Hobson and Huia Westling-Macgregor, both who have been hosts for touring schools for over 2 years.

Here are some quotes from students on the day:

Sophie Barry of Clifton Terrace Model School - "Our manu are what make New Zealand so special because you won't find them elsewhere", "Do you think that's why kiwi became nocturnal? Because Hast Eagle hunted them during the day. Do you think Kiwi were daytime hunters before Hawk were in New Zealand?"

Tom Warburton's of Otari School shared "My favourite part of the day was collecting water to find life in the water. I found blood worms, they are blood colour".

Enviroschools facilitators are encouraging schools who attended to undertake mini bioblitz’s in their school environments.  

Resources worth looking at...
Matariki resources
Matariki (Māori New Year) celebrations start around June 25 this year.  Conservation and respect for the environment are strong themes for the celebration of Matariki. Giving thanks for land and waters that have provided sustenance is important, and we are reminded also to respect and protect nature so that future generations may enjoy the same quality of life we cherish.

This Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori (Māori language Commision) Matariki booklet gives a great overview.

Check out Te Papa's website for some good resources too.
Gill Stewart has also created this Matariki resources padlet full of links, ideas and activities for schools.

Wild Eyes - nature missions for Kiwi Kids

Wild Eyes is a new website aiming to get Kiwi kids off screens and connected with NZ nature, conservation and science … using screens! Wild Eyes provides awesome digital incentives to kids for completing fun nature missions. Wild Eyes missions are curriculum-friendly, designed to be completed in or outside the classroom or at home, and are perfect for individual or group inquiry learning, particularly with a focus on environment, science or sustainability topics.  

Help change Kiwi kids’ square eyes into wild eyes!

Tamsin Hanly’s Critical Guide to Māori & Pākehā histories of Aotearoa
We hosted Tamsin Hanly, the author of this resource on 11 May at Thorndon school as she presented  an overview of this amazing curriculum programme resource for educators. Listen here to Tamsin's recent radio interview here 

You can explore and purchase this six volume resource here

Movin’March is an active travel promotion for schools run by Greater Wellington Regional Council.  Schools are encouraged and supported to promote active travel journeys for students on their way to and from school. 

70 schools registered to participate in 2017 which was an increase on 60 schools from the year before.  Those 70 schools had a combined roll of over 18,000 students. 
This year there were four competitions attracting over 4500 entries, reflecting 45,000 active trips to school. St Anthony’s School (Seatoun), Clyde Quay School, and Karori West Normal School won the Passport Competition (with 83%, 70% and 70% participation respectively). 
The Movin’March website is active all year round with active travel resources and activities available and the Movin’March Facebook page keeps followers up to date with promotion details and links to articles related to active travel to school.  
Love Food Hate Waste
The Love Food Hate Waste website is a great resource for all New Zealanders to use, with recipes, tools, tips, techniques, events, news and much more.

You can also sign up to the newsletter and join the Facebook page.

Seat Smart - car seat recycling

Drop off points for recycling car seats and booster seats are now availilable Wellington City and Lower Hutt. An Upper Hutt collection point will be announced too. Head to for more info.

Other upcoming dates:
Climate Challenge Workshop for secondary school students
3-4 June 2017 

Victoria University.  Cost: $30 (includes kai)

Wellington students have organised a two day weekend conference on 3rd and 4th June, as part of Youth Week. The conference is packed with nationally acclaimed speakers, workshops, interactive simulations and opportunities for networking. 

Enviroschools are supporting the youth-led organising group, who have embraced the theme: Youth in Government.

If you know any high school aged young people interested in attending, check out their website or Facebook page  

“At the end of the conference we will have collated a message to ceremonially present to government about Youth in Government” - Anya Bukholt-Payne, Young Conference Leader (2016 & 2017)

Arbor Day Monday 5 June 2017
Trees that Count  is a campaign to mobilise New Zealanders to plant millions more native trees. For 2017 they want to see one tree planted for every New Zealander, that’s 4.7 million trees.  

The live native tree count is a New Zealand first and currently the only website recording native tree plantings nationwide. With time, this will make it possible to measure the collective impact of the great work that Kiwis do for our environment.  But it's also about planting trees that count – for restoring and enhancing our environment, for biodiversity, for climate change. Click here for more info.

This could be a fun activity for a school, class or Envirogroup to contribute to. Have you got a space in your school for native planting? Is there a local community group you can support to plant trees? Or could you fundraise to help others plant? (You can donate a tree for $10, which will be  planted on your behalf).

Keep New Zealand Beautiful Sustainable Schools Award

The Sustainable Schools Award annually honours a teacher, school or tertiary institution for commitment and practical action to implement sustainable practices and environmental projects, which enhance the school and/or community. This award is sponsored by New Zealand Couriers and the recipient is awarded $2,000 to fund environmental educational activities and programmes of the teacher, school or tertiary institution.  Last year Eastern Hutt School won the award!  Entries open June 1st.  See for more information.

Plastic Free July
Visit for lots of awesome ideas about how to accept the challenge of going without single use plastic for the month of July.

You may remember Otago enviroschool Carisbrook Primary School have been collecting signatures for their petition to ban the single use plastic bag. They will present the petition on June 28 to Clare Curran on the steps of Parliament at 10am (the time may move a little, but they have to present it before 1pm).

They would love to have as many people, school students in particular, there on the day to support them.

If your school would like to send some representatives to support Carisbrook Primary School please email Claire at

Funding Opportunities

Have a look on our website for a list of funding opportunities for 2017.
Applications are currently open for the Mazda Foundation funding for the maintenance and improvement of the natural environment  Applications close 30 June.

Treemendous School Makeovers applications close 23 June. 

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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