Projects 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:
Project: School Orchard
Kaikohe East School
Project: Sustainable Orchard
Project: Islands of Life (2015)
Kerikeri High School
Project: Food for Thought – Edible Garden
Project: You Can Grow It
Project: Restoring Food Chains
Project: Northland College Waiora
Project: Ara Rongo
One Tree Point School
Project: Butterfly Habitat Stage One
Project: Oruaiti School Zero Waste
Otaika Valley School
Project: Shadehouse Equipment
Otamatea High School
Project: Paper Brick Making
Project: No Turf Unturned!
Parua Bay School
Project: Parua Bay School Wildlife pathway (2015)
Project: Food Forest Gazebo
Project: Reigning in our Chickens
Project: The Birds and the Bees
Ruawai Primary School
Project: Bees VIP (Very Important Pollinators)
Project: Sustainable Orchard and Garden
Te Kura o Otangarei
Project: Enviro Blitz
Project: Manaakitia te Kaipara (Native tree project) and Mara Kai mo to Whanau (Community Garden)
Project: Agricultural Sustainability
Whangarei Heads School
Project: Room Two Trappers