2018 Freshly updated theme areas: Zero Waste, Water of Life and Living Landscapes –


Enviroschools has recently updated its theme areas of Zero Waste, Water of Life and Living Landscapes. They have been beautifully and thoughtfully designed with an easy to use learning guide, many new activities and valuable case studies to inspire your learning and action in your school.

Each of the theme areas allow you to investigate issues in more depth. This involves learning about these themes through a range of activities such as sensory experiences, scientific investigations, exploring cultural knowledge and quantitative audits.

Being immersed in the issue from these different perspectives assists students to make decisions about desirable change, and how they might plan, design and implement those changes. The Theme Areas are designed to be used alongside the Enviroschools Kit, and the resources in it can guide the planning, action and reflection process. If you haven’t yet received your new Theme Area Kit, please get in touch with your facilitator.

Humans are the only species on earth producing waste that does not readily return to nature. There is no waste in nature. Through the Zero Waste theme we are encouraged to take a closer look at and challenge the whole concept of ‘waste’.

The three key concepts in Zero Waste are:
• Waste is a modern human product.
• Looking after Papatūānuku – how our current waste management creates problems.
• Designing for Zero Waste.


Water is essential for life, and the abundance or scarcity of water is a major influence on which life forms can exist in a place. Through the Water of Life theme, we can delve into all of these aspects of this vital element – wai – in our environment. The five key concepts in Water of Life are:
• Water is essential for life.
• Fresh, clean water is a relatively scarce resource. • The importance of water is reflected in culture and society.
• Natural processes replenish and cleanse water.
• People can work with nature to create healthy water.


Papatuanuku – our Earth Mother – forms our living landscape. She is a constant presence in our lives, and our time on this Earth is our opportunity to co-create with her. Through the Living Landscapes them, we experience and strengthen connections to the land that nurtures us, and all the creatures that inhabit it with us.




The five key concepts in Living Landscapes are:

  • Habitats are places to live; Living Landscapes have spaces for all the children of Ranginui and Papatuanuku.
  • Our Enviroschool is part of an ecosystem.
  • Whenua is the land that nourishes life.
  • People value and change landscapes in different ways.
  • Co-creating and caring for Living Landscapes.

Maeroa students are empowered to make a difference!


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Earning green koru’s for their school shirt sleeve has proved successful in motivating students to undertake environmental action at Maeroa Intermediate.  Enviro leaders shared their new innovations with teachers from Waikato Enviroschools at a cluster meeting their school hosted in … Continue reading

Designing a ‘Sustainable Building’ and Garden Space


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The Enviroschools Action Learning Cycle drives the inquiry process at Waikino School and they are currently using it to explore sustainable building and gardens. Students work in vertical house groups in order to sustain and develop their Enviroschool initiatives.  Whatever … Continue reading

Silver Ferns, Mother Earth and Enviroschools share pre-loved netballs!


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Several Waikato Primary Schools are now using netballs previously used by Silver Ferns demonstrating how sustainable thinking is becoming part of what we do here in New Zealand. Hamilton East Primary School was selected as one of the recipients of the … Continue reading

Exploring the outdoors through art


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Art and the environment was the focus when Kiwitahi, Tauwhare and Ngati Haua Schools visited the Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum recently. It was a beautiful, sunny day and about 60 students took part in hut building, seed bomb making and … Continue reading

Developing a Forest School at Waikino


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Over the past few years Waikino School has become well known for doing things a bit differently. This year they have started a ‘Forest Schools’ programme with teacher Lauren Bartram leading the way.  Forest Schools is described as empowering children … Continue reading

Marian Catholic School shares their worms with Southwell!


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Students from Marian Catholic school visited Southwell School bearing gifts…..of worms! Marian Catholic School in Hamilton has been an Enviroschool for many years and has an established ‘worm farm’ with several bath tubs in use. These are managed by the … Continue reading