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The Enviroschools kaupapa is about creating a healthy, peaceful, sustainable world through people teaching and learning together. Enviroschools is an environmental action based programme where young people are empowered to design and lead sustainability projects in their schools, neighbourhoods and country.

What is Enviroschools?

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The focus of Enviroschools is to support teaching and learning for a healthy, peaceful, and sustainable world.

Enviroschools is a nationwide programme supported by Toimata Foundation founding partner Te Mauri Tau, and a large network of regional partners. Early childhood centres and schools commit to a long-term, sustainable journey, where tamariki connect with and explore their environment, then plan, design and take action in their local places in collaboration with their communities.

Nationwide there are over 1,300 Enviroschools, over 330,800 tamariki, and over 15,700 teachers.

Enviroschools Hawke’s Bay regional partners include the Regional Council, Napier City Council, Hastings District Council Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, Heretaunga Kindergarten Association and Napier Kindergarten Association.

How it works - schools

Each Enviroschool has a Facilitator who guides and supports the school’s journey. Hawke’s Bay has three school facilitators and a Regional Coordinator who ensures collaboration, networking and support between all agencies.

The national Enviroschools website is a rich resource, with a wealth of stories and case studies to inspire you. As an Enviroschool you can access all areas of this website and have all Enviroschools resources at your fingertips.

How to become an Enviroschool

Once you’ve decided you would like to become an Enviroschool, get in touch with your local facilitator, or the regional coordinator with your completed registration of interest form, and arrange to meet and discuss. When you meet you can discuss the first steps on your journey including identifying direction, vision, and an action plan.

How can facilitators help?

It is the facilitator’s role to support and guide your school on your journey to become an Enviroschool. Provide you with information and tools that you and your Envirogroup need to further implement sustainability into your school.

As an Enviroschool, it is important that the students and teachers work together to make their own environmental integration plan that best suits the school’s needs. Through regular contact your facilitator can help you find the right direction, but it’s up to you to make the decisions and follow the processes through. That’s what being an Enviroschool is all about!


Keep up to date

The Enviroschools Hawke’s Bay Newsletter is produced once a term. This is full of news & updates from around our regions Enviroschools.  A great way to learn and be inspired.

For more information contact:

Go to our News and events page  to sign up and see past issues.

Meet the team

Sally Chandler

Sally Chandler

Regional Coordinator

Sally is employed by the Hawke's Bay Regional Council. Her role includes bringing people together to develop the programme regionally, organising networking events and workshops, and working with the facilitators. Working with the National Enviroschools team as well as our funding partners here in Hawke’s Bay.

Julia Howard

Julia Howard

Northern Hawke's Bay

Julia lives in Frasertown on a family farm, and has two young children at Fraswertown School. With a background in education and music she is well placed to be a valuable member of our Hawke’s Bay Enviroschools team. She is passionate about the environment and sustainable practices at home are part of everyday life.

Sonya Sedgwick

Sonya Sedgwick

Hastings & Napier

Sonya works with all our schools within the Hastings and Napier area. She brings her qualifications in ecology and love of native plants. Sonya also manages our Enviroschools Hawke’s Bay Facebook page.

Amy  Davidson

Amy Davidson

Central Hawke's Bay

Amy Davidson joined the Enviroschools facilitation team in Central Hawke’s Bay in July. Amy is not new to CHB schools having been the zero waste coordinator for several years. She lives on a farm in Central Hawke's Bay, and has two children at Argyll East School so is already familiar with Enviroschools.

Enviroschools Camps

In October 2020 students from seven Hawke’s Bay Enviroschools joined together for a camp at Guthrie Smith Arboretum and Education Centre. The theme was Climate Change and we specifically looked at how the impact of weather has affected the landscape and lake in this catchment.

Some of our students were interviewed as part of Councils’ Climate Action Campaign. You can watch these videos below.


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