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

Upcoming support for Teachers
  • Exploring Enviroschools Workshop
What Enviroschools in the region have been up to:
  • Clyde Quay School welcomed the return of Matariki
  • Māori Perspectives Noho Marae Wānanga  
  • Bike tracks at Pinehaven School
  • Carterton Schools' Wetlands Event
Resources worth looking at, including:
  • How to Run Zero Waste Events - videos
  • Atuatanga resource from Rangitāne o Wairarapa

 A note from the Enviroschools Team  

Kia ora koutou,

Ko Te Whanganui-a-Tara tōku wāhi kainga

Ko James tōku hoa tane
Ko Eva rāua ko Lily āku tamariki

Ko Dana Carter tōku ingoa
Ko Moran me Carter āku whānau
Nō reira tēnā koutou tēnā koutou tēnā koutou katoa

I’m the new Regional Coordinator for the Enviroschools programme in Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui. I feel very honoured and excited to have this position and very much look forward to meeting you and working with you.

My 17 year career has focused on environmental planning and sustainability. I love Aotearoa’s amazing natural environment - the bush, the beach and our garden! I have two young daughters, Eva and Lily, and our whānau is on its own sustainability journey.

We have a new facilitator for Wellington City, Chloe Bisley-Wright. Chloe will be facilitating 14 schools in Wellington City. Chloe has a wealth of facilitation experience through her work with Youthline and is also very involved with the Island Bay and Berhampore Community Orchard.

We would also like to announce the arrival of Arihia’s new wee pēpi, a lovely little girl, who arrived on August 2nd. Nau mai, e hine, ki te ao tūroa!

Karyn and Willie have begun their amazing walk of New Zealand, Te Araroa. They have so far already walked over 150 km! Go Karyn!

So it is a time of change and new beginnings for the Enviroschools team but we draw on the strength and connectedness already present and we seek to build on this.

Ngā mihi mahana,

Upcoming Support for teachers

Exploring Enviroschools Workshop    9 September (full day)
The Dowse, Lower Hutt

An introduction to the Enviroschools Programme and Education for Sustainability concepts.
This workshop is for

  • Teachers and Principals whose schools or centres are considering joining the Enviroschools Programme
  • Teachers in established Enviroschools who are new to the concepts or to the school or centre
  • Parents or BOT members of Enviroschools or prospective Enviroschools
  • Any teacher who wants to include environmental education for sustainability in their teaching programme

Download a flyer for more information or Register here 

Congratulations to.....
. . . . Raumati South Kindergarten who celebrated becoming a Green-Gold Enviroschool and 
Five Lower Hutt and Wellington ECE  Enviroschools who reflected as Bronze Enviroschools last term

Te Puna Reo o Ngā Kākano

Daisies Early Education and Care Centre

Arakura Kindergarten,

East Harbour Kindergarten 

and Kelson Kindergarten

Click here to read about  Arakura Kindergarten, East Harbour Kindergarten and Kelson Kindergartens'
Journeys to Reflecting at Bronze

Read here on the Kāpiti Coast District Council's website about Raumati South Kindergarten's journey to become a Green-Gold Enviroschool!

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

Clyde Quay School welcomed the return of Matariki

Students and their families from Clyde Quay School were at school before dawn one Wednesday during Term 2 to celebrate Matariki.  Originally the plan was for students, teachers and whānau to meet up at Tangi te Keo - the summit of Mount Victoria and view Matariki. However due to poor weather celebrations happened in the hall.  

The morning started with karakia and waiata.  Space Place educators and Toa Waaka, a Matauranga Māori specialist in Tātai Arorangi (Māori Astornomy) shared some incredible stories about the stars and Matariki.

Wānanga Tikanga in collaboration with Ngāti Toa Rangatira
Primary and ECE teachers from Porirua, Kāpiti and Te Whanganui-a-Tara came together in June for a weekend noho marae wānanga at Takapūwāhia Marae.  Read here about their experience staying overnight at the Marae learning about tikanga Māori in an education setting.

Enviroschools  hope to coordinate a marae based wānanga each year, in collaboration with mana whenua. Over time we would like to host one in each part of our rohe/region of Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui.

Please fill in this google form to express interest if your school or ECE would like to participate in any future wānanga.

Bike Tracks at Pinehaven School
A learning tool, a confidence builder and a catalyst for behaviour change; new bike tracks have made a big impact on resilience at Pinehaven School. They have also been a natural fit with the Enviroschools Guiding Principles of Sustainable Communities and Learning for Sustainability.  Read more here about how a focus on biking has positively affected Pinehaven school and their community.

See also Cycling With Kids a website dedicated to advice, information, ideas and resources about cycling with kids in New Zealand

Carterton Schools' Wetlands Event

Carterton schools enjoyed learning about wetlands at a day long event recently.  In the morning the students were able to explore a range of activities about Wetlands.  They identified native plants, learnt about how plants can help clean water and played the Cloak of Protection game.  The students also had fun making kites using only harakeke (flax).  After lunch the students visited a local wetland and helped plant native trees in the rain.

Science Teaching Leadership Programme

Read about how Lower Hutt  Enviroschool Koraunui School has used the Science Teaching leadership Programme to really make science and action for the community and the environment come alive.  After participating in the STLP Koraunui staff and students have engaged in a huge range of science activity and have a whole lot more planned.

Hampton Hill School principal Kerry O’Leary and teacher Carol Brieseman talk here about the benefits to their school of being involved in the Science Teaching Leadership Programme.

Is it an option for your school?
Applications to the Royal Society for 2017 close 8 September 2016.

Enviroschools Signs
The facilitators of Enviroschools Te Upoko o te Ika a Māui have been busy distributing Enviroschools signs across the region.  If you haven't yet received your sign please contact your facilitator. You may have an event or opportunity coming that your sign could be presented at.

Resources worth looking at
Zero Waste Events

The Wellington Regional Waste Educators have had a set of videos produced to show "How to Run Zero Waste Events'. These videos are a great place to start if you are planning any School or ECE events, such as fairs and galas.  The videos discuss the difference between 'recyclable' and 'compostable' food packaging for stall holders,  providing adequate bins for waste separation at events.  

This beautiful resource from Rangitāne o Wairarapa is designed to provide us with opportunities to become more grounded, to get closer to Papatūānuku. "Māori culture emerged from interactions with the atua so this resource could be used as a foundation from which to branch off into learning te reo, history or many other subjects that are important to the culture."  

The Misprint Co.

The Misprint Co. want to repurpose your school or ECE's non-confidential paper waste by turning it into notebooks. They can provide and collect paper collection boxes free of charge in Wellington City and the Hutt Valley.  

For more information watch this video or email

Litterless Lunches
Check out Munch:  a Wellington based company and their sister company Nil. These companies are comittted to providing eco-friendly, unique lunch products through a sustainable 'motherhood' workforce.

Munch offer some great fundrasing options for Schools and ECE throughout New Zealand - more information here.


Other upcoming dates
Conservation Week (10-18 September)
Support Conservation Week and encourage your students to be Habitat Heroes.  The Habitat Heroes competition encourages classes to make a difference in their local area.  Four lucky groups will win $750 to help bring their conservation action plan to life.
For more Conservation Week activities and ideas visit the DOC website

Whio Forever Education Resource Teacher's Workshop
October 2016 (Date and Location TBC)

Department of Conservation are facilitating a workshop to enable teachers to get the most out of their Whio Forever Education Resource.
The team at Whio Forever are providing this opportunity at no cost.
Morning tea, lunch, park entry, petrol vouchers and hard copy resources are included in your registration.

To book or for more information, visit

The Great Kererū Count (16-25 September)
The Great Kererū Count is the largest national citizen science project to help gather information on the abundance and distribution of the the New Zealand Pigeon - also known as kererū, kūkū or kūkupa.  The humble kererū is one of New Zealand's most valuable assets when it comes to our native forests.
The Great Kererū Count will take place over 10 full days from 16 to 25 September 2016. 

For more information and classroom resources visit the Nature Watch website 

2016 Meridian Sustainability Calendar
This calendar shows dates of Sustainability events around the country and the world for 2016.  It is available on our website.

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