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What is Enviroschools?He aha te Enviroschools?

Here in Hawke’s Bay there are 33 schools and 22 kindergartens in the Enviroschools programme. Find out how the programme works or how your school can become an Enviroschool.

What is Enviroschools?

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Enviroschools has a kaupapa of creating a healthy, peaceful, sustainable work through people teaching and learning together. 

The Enviroschools programme sits within The Toimata Foundation. It is a not-for-profit trust that supports children and young people to be active citizens, contributing to ecological regeneration and the creation of healthy, resilient and sustainable communities.

Enviroschools has a current network of over 1,100 schools and early childhood centres across NZ.  Here in Hawke’s Bay there are 33 schools and 22 kindergartens in the Enviroschools programme (23% of schools & 11% of kindergartens).  The Toimata Foundation currently has two programme areas: Enviroschools and Te Aho Tū Roa, a full Kaupapa Māori version.

In this region the Enviroschools programme is supported by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council,  Napier City Council, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd, Heretaunga Kindergarten Association and Napier Kindergarten Association.

How Enviroschools works

The Enviroschools Programme is implemented regionally, alongside regional council boundaries and sponsors.  Each Enviroschool has a Facilitator who guides and supports the journey. A region will usually have a number of people working as facilitators and a Regional Coordinator who ensures collaboration, networking and support between all agencies.

In some regions, Enviroschools is facilitated in a cluster approach. The facilitator may work with a number of schools or early childhood centres as a groups.  Schools and kindergartens are encouraged to support one another.

There are three stages of Enviroschools.  Each stage reflects the level of integration of sustainable practise within that school. As you become more sustainably focused and practices deepen, schools may choose to reflect on their journey and move through the stages of Bronze, Silver and Green-gold.


Karakia are Māori incantations and prayers, used to invoke spiritual guidance and protection. Increasingly mainstream primary schools and early childhood settings are exploring the use of karakia. In this resource we have included karakia for a range of purposes, both Christian and in the the traditional style, to tautoko or support enviroschools in that exploration. The karakia have come from a range of sources, including the Enviroschools Kit. Please find the resources here.

How to become an Enviroschool

Once you have discussed the process with your principal, you should look to identify who the main teachers and students involved will be (including your principal). Make contact with your facilitator or regional coordinator and arrange to meet and discuss.  Before this however complete and send in your registration of interest form. Also discuss the first steps on your journey including identifying direction, vision and an action plan.

Check out the Enviroschools website

Complete and send in your registration of interest form. You can download the form here 'Registration of interest to become an Enviroschool'.

Once your schools is accepted you will receive a welcome letter and an agreement to sign. You can also view a sample agreement below.

Once these processes are complete you will receive an Enviroschools Kit & Handbook.

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 section to sign up.


Throughout the year you will have the opportunity to join in with Enviroschools events. These range from cluster group hui to get an update on the kit to a Children’s Day of Activities & Workshops.

You will be notified with a calendar of events at different times throughout the year.

The role of the facilitator

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.

Meet the facilitators and Coordinator

We have three facilitators who will visit, support and guide your journey:

Sally Chandler

Sally Chandler


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


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


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


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. Amy is passionate about the environment and will be a great addition to our team. Amy has two children at Argyll East School so is already familiar with Enviroschools.


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