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The Enviroschools kaupapa is about creating a healthy, peaceful, sustainable world through people teaching and learning together.

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 1,200 Enviroschools, over 160,000 tamariki, and over 15,000 teachers.

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

How does it work?

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

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. 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!

Facilitators will be in regular contact to make sure you’re on the right path. Meetings with your facilitator can be arranged and reviews of the processes implemented by the school may provide further guidance.

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.


Find out a bit more about Enviroschools in this video.

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.

Jenni Scothern-King

Jenni Scothern-King

Northern Hawke's Bay

Jenni joined the Enviroschools facilitation team in 2012. Jenni supports our Northern Hawke’s Bay Schools from Tūtira to Mahia. An ex school teacher Jenni has a good knowledge of the NZ Curriculum and the Enviroschools programme.

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.


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