Schools share environmental awards

SND16-wk2-Environmental awardsProjects including farm fertiliser runoff monitoring and a stoat and rat trapping programme to boost kiwi numbers are among 24 school initiatives to share $20,000 in this year’s Northland Regional Council Environmental Curriculum Awards (ECAs).

The annual awards aim to foster excellence in environmental education, with schools eligible for up to $2000 each for their efforts to educate children ‘in, about and for’ the region’s environment.

This year 23 recipients will receive between $230 and $1550 each for their 24 projects
Regional council chairman Bill Shepherd and Councillor Craig Brown – who selected this year’s winners – were once again impressed by the scope and quality of projects which will see the enthusiastic involvement of hundreds of people across entire school communities.

Councillor Shepherd says the ECAs recognise and support the environmental education efforts put in by about 2000 students in 112 classes and/or school student environmental groups.

Councillor Brown says he’s pleased to see a good geographic spread among the winners, with seven winning schools based in the Far North, 12 in the Whangarei district and four in Kaipara.

Projects include $720 to Northland College for specialised chemistry equipment to measure waterway fertiliser run-off and $950 to Whangarei Heads School towards a stoat and rat trapping programmeto boost local kiwi numbers).
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The winning schools and the funding for their (GST exclusive) projects are:
Glenbervie School
Project: School Orchard
Funding: $500

Kaikohe East School
Project: Sustainable Orchard
Funding: $1440

Kamo Intermediate
Project: Islands of Life (2015)
Funding: $400

Kerikeri High School
Project: Food for Thought – Edible Garden
Funding: $1400

Maungatapere School
Project: You Can Grow It
Funding: $1200

Ngunguru School
Project: Restoring Food Chains
Funding: $900

Northland College
Project: Northland College Waiora
Funding: $720

Okaihau College
Project: Ara Rongo
Funding: $1200

One Tree Point School
Project: Butterfly Habitat Stage One
Funding: $1200

Oruaiti School
Project: Oruaiti School Zero Waste
Funding: $230

Otaika Valley School
Project: Shadehouse Equipment
Funding: $750

Otamatea High School
Project: Paper Brick Making
Funding: $310

Oturu School
Project: No Turf Unturned!
Funding: $500

Parua Bay School
Project: Parua Bay School Wildlife pathway (2015)
Funding: $450

Peria School
Project: Food Forest Gazebo
Funding: $450

Poroti School
Project: Reigning in our Chickens
Funding: $500

Ruakaka School
Project: The Birds and the Bees
Funding: $550

Ruawai Primary School
Project: Bees VIP (Very Important Pollinators)
Funding: $700

Tangiteroria School
Project: Sustainable Orchard and Garden
Funding: $1100

Te Kura o Otangarei
Project: Enviro Blitz
Funding: $1500

Tinopai School
Project: Manaakitia te Kaipara (Native tree project) and Mara Kai mo to Whanau (Community Garden)
Funding: $1550

Waiotira School
Project: Agricultural Sustainability
Funding: $1500

Whangarei Heads School
Project: Room Two Trappers
Funding: $950


Rosie Clarke

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