Enviroschools Wellington I Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui update - news for Enviroschools across the region.
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Kia ora tātou,

As we come to the close of Term Three we are in celebration.  Conservation Week and Te Wiki o te Reo Māori have provided opportunity to reflect on all the mahi we all do every week to ensure the conservation of both our environment and our language. 

We also celebrate the future of Enviroschools within the region as we welcome Karyn Burgess back to the Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui Team.  Listen to a message from Karyn and Gill below.

 Karyn and Gill Stewart are now working together as our Regional Co-Coordinators

Our Facilitators are busy planning some exciting opportunities for you all in Term 4 (see below) and are starting to plan for 2019.

Please make sure you check in with them for your Enviroschools Annual Reviews (EAR) so we can meet your needs in 2019. We like to call these EARs as they are a time for us to listen to what you need to help you to continue to empower your learners as part of your programmes.

We are keen to assist you in connecting with your local community groups as we know learning happens everywhere.

We hope you have a relaxing and re-energising break.

Manaaki whenua - manaaki tangata - haere whakamua.

Care for the land - care for the people -  move forward together.

Ngā mihi mahana,

Gill and Karyn

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.

Term 1 2019 (date TBC) at The Dowse Lower Hutt
Please register you interest here

Wairarapa Education for Sustainability Hub

Thursday October 25 4.30-6pm
REAP house 340 Queen Street

The theme is "Celebrating the Season Sustainably."

We will look at ways of enjoying the Christmas season with a green lens - gifts, activities and community connections.

Teachers will come away with some great ideas to implement, some activities to take into their teaching spaces, and maybe a few useful goodies that they've had a go at making themselves!

It will be fun, hands-on, and aimed at the Early Childhood, Junior Primary level.

Register your interest here.

Developing a Food Forest with Robert Guyton.

Friday October 26
Masterton Intermediate School

Masterton Intermediate School are hosting a student workshop on how to develop a Food Forest.  They have invited NZ Gardener columnist Robert Guyton to share his story about how to develop a piece of farmland into a lush, fruit-laden forest providing a year-round supply of food.

Robert is a sustainability pioneer, a long time organic gardener, permaculturist and heritage orchardist. .

This workshop is perfect for students in Years 5-8 with a keen interest in gardening and the environment.

Please register your interest. More information will be sent upon registration.

Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2018

Kia Kaha Te Reo Māori was this years Te Wiki o te Reo Māori theme. We have been encouraged to strengthen the language by continuing to use what we know and to keep extending our vocabulary.  

Our facilitators were tino harikoa to see so many schools at the Hīkoi Whakanui i te Reo Māori in Te Whanganui-a-Tara earlier this month.

Kia kaha tātou ki te kōrero, ki te whakanuia, ki te whakamana i te reo rangatira, te reo Māori, te reo tūturu o te whenua nei ie rā, ia rā, ia wiki, ia wiki!

 'Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori. The language is the core of our Māori culture and mana'. -   Sir James Hēnare

Parihaka Wānanga

Kaiako from Wellington and Hutt schools recently had the opportunity to engage with mana whenua from Taranaki Whānui to learn more about our local history as a follow up to the wānanga in May.This was a huge opportunity for schools to reconnect with their own school processes, to ensure they are supported by mana whenua and to deepen their understanding and practices.

Ngā mihi nui to Pekaira Rei and Taranaki whānui for sharing about the history of Parihaka as mana whenua. This is critical background to Treaty partner relationships and cultural responsiveness in our ECE and school settings.

Let your facilitator know if you would like similar PD and/or support making connection with mana whenua in your rohe.

World of Waste Tours

Enviroschools facilitator Chloe Bisley-Wright is now also facilitating World of Waste Tours for schools of Te Awakairangi/Lower Hutt. Students experience the Silverstream Landfill, Earthlink, Macaulay Metals, The Dowse Art Museum and Waste Management Recycling Centre.

This is available for Lower Hutt schools at a subsidised cost of $50 per tour (up to two tours per school per year).

Dates are still available for Term 4.  Email to book. 

Koraunui School students guessing the weight of a container full of ‘super-mix’ bales as it leaves the yard. 

At the end of the day students reflected:
The people who gave up time for us were generous.
I am grateful for people making rubbish into other things. 
It is cool how they try to find alternatives. 
I will take action by putting rubbish in proper places, being responsible.

Pinehaven School Stream Action

Pinehaven School has also been inspired to become kaitiaki of their local stream, a dream sparked in the previous year by a teacher who had supported students at other stream restoration projects. Why couldn’t Pinehaven do the same?

This year, the school initiated an Eco Warriors programme, a weekly session where students opted into their local sustainability passion. One group immersed themselves in learning about stream health - exploring both scientific and Māori concepts of well-being. Their research lead to developing visions and plans for improving the stream’s health.

The students presented their designs to all of the local organisations  responsible for or interested in the stream - Upper Hutt City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Upper Hutt Forest and Bird, Wellington Water and contractors. With these organisations' and community support - the whole school were able to plant the banks of the local stream. It was a beautiful day which connected the school, community and manga (stream). This is the start of a long term relationship - with lots of opportunity for more connection with nature, more real world learning, citizen science, and action.

Celebrating Conservation Week Down in the Dunes 


Also getting stuck in were a group of students from Whareama and Opaki Schools who took part in the coastal education and working bee, focussing on the dune system at Riversdale Beach. The students learned more about dune systems, how they work, what lives there, how they help us and how we can help them. They then did some “hands on” environmental action by removing ecological weeds from the dunes. Huge piles of weeds, and bags of rubbish, showed what a difference a keen team can make to an area.

Great mahi tahi, working together, from the Riversdale Dune Committee, Department of Conservation, Greater Wellington Regional Council and the schools.

Khandallah School Action in Local Park

Zealandia, Mountains to Sea and Enviroschools have been loving working with Khandallah school on an ongoing kaitiaki project of their local stream and reserve. It‘s been a great collaboration of support to encourage the students to spend time caring for and gathering data of change in their local space. Thanks to Khandallah School students, a native whitebait species has been rediscovered happily living - and breeding - in their local park. You can read here about their rare find of banded kokopu in the stream earlier this year.

Matariki at Horoeka Reserve

Three groups of enviro students from all the Stokes Valley Schools in Lower Hutt - Tui Glen, Tawhai and Koraunui - had a great time connecting with nature at local Horoeka Reserve. With the support of lizard expert Dennis Keall, Hutt River Ranger Travis Moody and Enviroschools facilitator Arihia Latham, they got up close and personal with some of the critters who call the reserve home.

Kāpiti Enviro Youth Summit

This whole day student-led event was held at Kāpiti Community Centre on August 10th, co-facilitated by Sophie Handford (Yr13)  Kāpiti College and Maha Fier (Yr12) Paraparaumu College for students from their colleges.

Listen here as Amanda Dobson interviews Sophie about her passion and purpose as a youth leader.

The focus of this hui was wai (water) and encompassed a range of speakers and workshops including local kaumatua Te Rakauoteora Te Maipi, MFE Deputy Secretary responsible for Water - Cheryl Barnes, Deputy Mayor of Kāpiti Janet Holbrow, Ben Knight of Guardians of Kāpiti Marine Reserve & Sustainable Coastlines, Ecologist Mike Joy, YELF - Sir Peter Blake Trust speaker, Waste-ed speaker and panel of youth environmentalists.

Ka mau te wehi rangatahi mā -  ngā rangatira mo apōpō!

Moriah Kindergarten

Shalom and congratulations to Moriah Kindergarten community in acknowledgement of their Bronze stage reflection achievement.

Comment from Teaching team :

“We found the reflection process really helped us to see all the elements of the Enviroschools programme come together.

The way tamariki took the lead on the day was an inspiration to the teaching team and the parents, they completely owned their "moment". Children who hadn't always shared their voice really embraced their part of the reflection process and as kaiako this was both validating and exciting to see.

Parents could also gain a true sense of the impact of Enviroschools and our community commitment to this programme. We are excited and inspired to move into the next phase of our Enviroschools journey. Thank you!”

Smiley Faces Educare

Upper Hutt centre Smiley Faces Educare became a Bronze Enviroschool in July. Manager Clare Kernot started coming to local sustainability network meetings in 2015, really keen to explore how to get started.

Collaboration with the team and the centre whānau have been the keys to success. They carefully considered the tamariki and their relationship with te taiao (the environment), as they re-developed their philosophy. Each member of the team draws on their interests and talents to support the sustainability journey -  and conversations with families have enriched it. This has lead to lots of rich learning with and lead by tamariki in the gardens and outdoor environment, regular learning with whānau about the amazing diversity in their centre’s community, reducing waste at centre meal times, composting, developing a chicken run, learning about our native taonga manu, and weaving Māori perspectives through it all. Ka mau te wehi!

Active Travel Action


A new curriculum based education resource - Level 3-4

Active Travel Action provides a process for schools to implement sustainable active travel practices in their school through student inquiry. It is an opportunity for students to take action in response to climate change, busy school gates, and the health of our communities.

Active Travel Action has been developed by Greater Wellington Regional Council and Enviroschools - Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui. For more information and to download the resource, click here..

Kaitiaki funding for Schools

The Greater Wellington Regional Council Kaitiaki Project Fund is officially open. The fund is for schools to apply for up to $500 to cover the cost of things like traps / plants / planting equipment etc...

Download an application form and more information here

Kia Kaha te Reo Taiao

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and DoC came together to produce this rawe learning resource "Kia Kaha te Reo Taiao" in celebration of Te Wiki o te Reo Māori and Conservation Week 2018.

Included in these booklets is information about pronunciation, everyday phrases and species names in te reo Māori. It also covers astronomy, freshwater, landscape, flora, fauna, and outdoor safety.

Your school or centre will have been sent copies of this and other great resources from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and you can download digital copies of extra booklets/posters here.

Mental Health Awareness Week

8-14 October
Mā te Taiao Kia Wahakapari Tōu Oranga 

Let Nature In, Strengthen your Wellbeing
The Five Ways to Wellbeing (Give, Connect, Be Active, Take Notice and Keep Learning) are five simple actions we can all do to improve our wellbeing. 

The Mental Health Foundation have put together activities for schools to link the Five Ways to Wellbeing with this year's Mental Health Awareness Week theme - Let Nature In.  

Connecting with nature can uplift your wairua/spirit and promote mental health and wellbeing.

Ahi Pepe MothNet

As part of Ahi Pepe , a set of resources has been developed to help  teachers integrate the MothNet programme into class programmes.

The units are available in both Te Reo Māori or English. They contain most of the special vocabulary you’ll need to talk about moths, pollination and food webs. Activities that are fun and hands-on have been included.

MothNet's guiding principle is: Kaitiakitaka mā te Pūtaiao, mā te Taiao, mā te mahi Toi - Stewardship through Science, Nature, and Art.

Enviroschools Padlet Directory
Padlets are online virtual “bulletin” boards, where students and teachers can collaborate, reflect, share links and pictures, in a secure location.  Check out the Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui's Directory of Education for Sustainability Padlets here.

Look under each realm of the Atua to find topics you may be inquiring into. You will find New Zealand information sources, units of work, providers that could help you.

This term we feature our Bugs Padlet - lots of excellent links for learning and action.

Downlad the 2018 Sustainability Calendar here for links to plan lessons and activities around Education for Sustainability dates and events.
Thank youto 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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