Enviroschools Wellington I Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui update - news for Enviroschools across the region.
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Ngā mihi nui o te tau hau!  It’s lovely to have Hineraumati with us as we step into a new year  in the Enviroschools network.

We are seeing the benefits some schools and centres experience from holistically reflecting, so at Enviroschools we are reflecting on the Enviroschools Programme as a whole and how we operate. As part of this we are keen to have conversations with teachers, principals and potentially students, regarding what you might need more of from us and what might you need less of.

What could the Enviroschools team do to make the most difference to your school/centre being able to progress your sustainability journey?

We will be organising some opportunities throughout the first six months of the year for people to be able to share their thoughts with us.  In the meantime, please feel free to offer some initial thoughts here in this 5-10 min survey.

We look forward to working with you to develop the Enviroschools Prorgamme and network further.

Karyn, Gill and the team at Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui

Exploring Enviroschools Workshop

An introduction to Education for Sustainability and the Enviroschools Kaupapa for schools, teachers, principals or BOT representatives new to the Enviroschools programme.

Friday 22 March 2019 9am - 3.30pm
The Dowse, Lower Hutt

Download a flyer here or register here by Friday 8 March 
Cost $150 +GST

Marine Metre Squared Workshops

Marine Metre Squared is an easy way for anyone to survey the plants and animals living on their local seashore. It has been identified as an important resource for critiquing evidence  and provides some excellent guidelines for how teachers can use the project for learning.

Porirua: Tuesday 5th March 3.45 - 5.30pm
Porirua School Awarua St, Elsdon.

Includes hands on fieldwork at Te Awarua o Porirua Harbour.

Register here 

Kāpiti: Thursday 7th March 3.45 - 5.30 pm

Meet at Waikanae Estuary for hands on, in-the-field exploration.

Register here

Congratulations to Heidi Mardon, Chief Executive and founding director of the Enviroschools Foundation (renamed Toimata Foundation in 2015), who is now a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM).  

Heidi is not one to seek limelight and will be quick to say how important it has been to work as a team. True of course, and also true that her leadership role has been very important for all that we have collectively created through the kaupapa of Enviroschools and Te Aho Tū Roa.  We are all really grateful for everything you bring to this network, Heidi.

Green-Gold for CTMS

Clifton Terrace Model School finished their 2018 school year in celebration as they became Wellington City's second Green-Gold enviroschool. As a small inner-city school they are an inspiration to many in how sustainable practices can thrive anywhere. Ka mau te wehi!

Whakanui Pūmahara Hiriwa

Congratulations also to Te Puna Reo o Ngā Kākano who celebrated their Enviroschools Silver Reflection in January. Wellington City Council Deputy Mayor Jill Day, who holds both the Council's children and young people and Māori partnerships portfolios, presented Te Puna Reo whānau with their certificate and thoroughly enjoyed her visit and being part of the celebration.

It was a real treat being shown around the centre by the tamariki. Their curiosity, knowledge and passion about Te Taio was impressive and inspiring . They were confident and I could see that Te Puna Reo has strong connections with the ngāhere, moana and the hapori and could see the excitement grow in the children as they shared their experiences.

I would like to acknowledge the staff and teachers at Te Puna Reo and Enviroschools for their leadership in establishing a strong foundation of this programme with the tamariki.

A big thank you for sharing this special celebration with me. Our whole community benefits from this important mahi.

- Councillor Jill Day

Sustainable Coastlines Citizen Science Workshops

Backed by the Ministry for the Environment, and working alongside Department of Conservation and Statistics New Zealand, Sustainable Coastlines is delivering a project to create grassroots solutions to litter in Aotearoa.

As part of this project, they are offering free training workshops for individuals and groups who would like to take part in ongoing litter data collection on their local coastline. The workshop will pass on the skills in surveying, data collection, and Health & Safety that will allow you to play an important part in this long-term effort.

This “Citizen Science” project will allow you to contribute data to New Zealand’s first national beach litter database, meaning that the information collected reaches those that need it for decision-making.

In terms of the level of commitment required from your group, the project is ongoing and ideally each of the monitoring sites will be surveyed a minimum of 4 times per year, for at least the next 3 years. 

Workshops available in Wellington (5-14 February) or in the Wairarapa (30 April - 9 May). 
For more information and to book visit

NZAEE Seaweek  2-10 March 2019

Tiakina o Tātou Mōana - Care for our Sea
Seaweek focuses on learning from the sea. It’s about inspiring all New Zealanders to renew their connections with the sea. It’s a time for all of us to get to know our ocean, its habitats, characteristics and inhabitants better.

Here is our padlet of links for Seaweek planning in your classroom.

Water - Wai tai - Oceans - Links for Learning and Action

Movin'March 2019

Walking, cycling and scooting to school have many benefits for tamariki. As well as being great opportunities for regular exercise in the outdoors, they improve independence, physical and mental health, decision making, risk assessment and road safety skills.

It's great to see that 104 schools have already registered across the Greater Wellington region.  We look forward to seeing your photos and stories about celebrating and supporting students to make active and sustainable trips to and from school. 

Visit for more inspiration. I

t's not to late to get involved Register here by February 15.

Active Travel Action Resouce

Term 1 is a great time to explore Active Travel with your students.  The Active Travel Action resource developed by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui provides a process for schools to implement sustainable active travel practices in their school through student inquiry in classes, as a syndicate or as a whole school approach.

Enviroschools Padlet Directory for Resources

Padlets are a visual set of links. On each padlet there are links to curriculum units and activities - reliable NZ  information websites - Environmental Education providers. See our full directory of Enviroschools padlets here.

With Sea Week coming up next month, it is a great time to have a look at our Wai Tai/Oceans padlet
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.
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