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

What is Enviroschools?

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The Enviroschools programme supports teaching and learning for a healthy, peaceful, and sustainable world.

Enviroschools is a nationwide programme supported by the 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. This helps them to plan, design and take action in their local places in with with their communities.

There are over 1,300 Enviroschools in New Zealand, with over 330,800 tamariki, and over 15,700 teachers.

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

Here is a video about the Enviroschools programme.

How Enviroschools 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 oversees working together,  networking and support between all partners.

The national Enviroschools website is a rich resource, with plenty of stories and case studies to inspire you. As an Enviroschool you can find all the  resources you'll need on this website.

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 we can arrange to meet you and talk about the first steps on your journey, including finding out your 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. We will provide you with information and tools that you and your Envirogroup need to encourage sustainability in 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. 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.

Helen Howard

Helen Howard

Hastings & Napier

Helen looks after Primary and Intermediate kura in Ahuriri and Heretaunga. She has a background in zero waste and conservation projects and has experience with litter surveys, native plantings, backyard chickens and māra kai. She also runs the Napier Repair Cafe.

Jade Gehlhaar

Jade Gehlhaar

Northern Hawke's Bay

Jade is the the Enviroschools facilitator for Te Wairoa region. Jade has a background working with primary school students and loves to help students explore learning outside the classroom. She is enjoying her journey with this role. Please get in touch with Jade if you would like to know more about the Enviroschools programme for your kura.

Melissa Bloomfield

Melissa Bloomfield

Central Hawkes Bay

Mel looks after our Central Hawke's Bay kura. She is well connected in the community, being raised in Waipukurau and her previous roles working with local businesses, organisations and community. Mel is driven by her love of the outdoors, raising her children on their little farmlet and spending their spare time in nature.

Enviroschools Camps

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

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


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