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Making a stand through donations

April 2022

Back in 2020, a personal purchase by one of the Toimata team led to being approached by Stand Desk, a designer and importer of feature-packed and environmentally friendly standing desks. They are members of 1% For the Planet and wanted to set-up a regular donation to support the mahi of Toimata Foundation.  
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Surplus puaka and provocations lead to Lees Street Kindergarten Sharing Shelf

January 2022

Lees Street Kindergarten in Invercargill was a recipient of an Earthwise grant in 2021. This enabled them to get materials for a project that considered how to share surplus from their gardens with the community.
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Noho Taratahi - Te Aho Tū Roa in Tāmaki Makaurau

December 2021

Te Aho Tū Roa Poutautoko Pania Newton shares her experiences of mahi in Auckland during 2021, continuing to be innovative in how  to support, deliver, or connect with the various roopu and kaupapa through two covid 19 lockdowns.
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Te Rūma Rātā and Te Rūma Pōhutukawa: Kaitiaki of Birds and Habitats at Fairhall School

December 2021

Action based around what students learnt about their local flora and fauna at Fairhall school in Marlborough included installing whare wētā and pekapeka in the school ngahere. 
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Arahura Noho Marae helps deepen Connections and build Skills

November 2021

In August 2021, Enviroschools West Coast gathered at the magnificent Arahura marae for an overnight stay to learn more about the cultural and natural history of the area, to build skills and knowledge for restoring native habitats, and to learn about the restoration of the Arahura River.
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Ākonga Are - Air Aware at Cromwell Primary

November 2021

Cromwell Primary School partnership with NIWA builds understanding of classroom air quality. An incredible learning enquiry at Cromwell, using the real-life issue of air quality in the classroom, highlights the value of this learning approach and issues around healthy classrooms.
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Lockdown inspired Creative Online Sharing with a Positive Outcome for Waiheke High School

October 2021

Waiheke High School students, staff and community can now confidently say that they are a Bronze Enviroschool. Their enthusiasm to continue the holistic reflection process was not dampened by the COVID lockdown and led to an innovative online sharing and decision-making process. 

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Tupuānuku: Hinonga kūmara

October 2021

I tākina ngā karakia o Ruakapanga hei whakarite i te whenua mō te whakatō, ko te maara atua te tuatahitanga. Taua karakia rā, he mea taki na Pourangahua ki ngā maara kūmara a Manawaru, a Araiteuru i tana hokina mai i Hawaiki. He karakia whakatō, he kupu āki i ngā aka, kia tipu mato ai ngā kūmara.
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Learning Barefoot at Paekākāriki

September 2021

Paekākāriki School have worked with Enviroschools to build on their place-based ‘barefoot learner’ principles to reach a stage where spending time learning in the natural environment is an integral part of their programme. This helps give ākonga a sense of belonging and citizenship – an ideal foundation for a whole school Enviroschools journey.
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Holding the vision of Te Aho Tū Roa and Enviroschools