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September 2021

The kaupapa of this project is to be an example of sustainable systems for living at home. This is a partnership between Te Aho Tū Roa (Toimata) and Ōnuku Trust to build resilient local food systems.

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Integrated mātauranga Māori with ecological building at Wellington East Girls' College

August 2021

Teachers at Wellington East Girls' College are focused on bringing indigenous knowledge and approaches into their curriculum. They have integrated mātauranga Māori with ecological building and science, adding depth and meaning to the students’ experience.
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Tairāwhiti Enviroschools WaiRestoration video

July 2021

The wonderful collaboration of Tairāwhiti Enviroschools with Tūranga Ararau, Te Kaunihera o te Tairāwhiti/ Gisborne District Council, Department of Conservation, Gisborne Airport, HB and JN Williams Trust, and Tairāwhiti Environment Centre has empowered young people of this area to engage in building knowledge and skills for restoration. A number of people have been involved in enabling and sustaining this intergenerational approach to caring for local waterways and biodiversity.
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Empowered to make a difference: profiling an Enviroschools graduate

July 2021

Ben Carson is a recent graduate of Kāpiti College. He was an active participant in the Enviroschools Network through the college’s Eco Action Group. To him, student empowerment means recognising and realising our capability to create change. He says that the Eco Action Group and Enviroschools helped him make the shift from being just interested, to being a changemaker. The Greater Wellington/ te Upoko o te ika a Māui Enviroschools team recently interviewed Ben to find out about how his experiences as a school student helped shape what he is doing now.
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Tai o Hī Tai o Hā

June 2021

As the inaugural Tai o Hī Tai o Hā – Wānanga Toi Series, this kaupapa was a huge success bringing together a core group of talented young Ngāpuhi taiohi for four week-long wānanga, exploring various Toi Māori o Ngāpuhi along side established Ringatoi from Ngāpuhi.
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New Partnership with Earthwise Boosts Community Projects for Toimata Network

April 2021

Toimata Foundation is pleased to have partnered with Earthwise, a locally owned business based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland that has been making eco-friendly household cleaning and body-care products for over 50 years.  Earthwise are providing funding for sustainable action and innovation projects across the Enviroschools and Te Aho Tū Roa networks.

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Hinonga Rimurimu

January 2021

In Te Upoko o te Ika, Hinonga Rimurimu is a journey of learning and connection to taonga of the moana. A collaborative project with Greater Wellington Regional Council, NIWA and Mountains to the Sea Wellington and with input from Victoria University, Hinonga Rimurimu connects young people with kaupapa oranga moana and in particular rimurimu (sea plants). 

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Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop

December 2020

Living our Toimata values - Twenty three staff and board members of Toimata Foundation and Te Mauri Tau came together at Hui Te Rangiora Marae for a two-day workshop facilitated by Tangata Tiriti/Treaty People.

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Wise Words from a Leader of Action Learning

December 2020

In the Enviroschool Programme, effective leadership and role modelling are key to enabling empowerment of all learners. 

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Holding the vision of Te Aho Tū Roa and Enviroschools