Learning for Sustainability at Vardon Primary


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By Te Rangimaire and Anthony, Room 15, Vardon Primary In Term 2 the whole of Tui Team where shocked at the world headlines about the amount of plastic discovered on Henderson Island – an uninhabited island in the Pitcairn Island group. … Continue reading

The Rubbish Trip – heading to Hamilton in November!


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The Rubbish Trip is a zero waste roadshow offering FREE presentations and workshops to community groups, schools, businesses and households across New Zealand about how and why individuals can reduce their waste footprint. Their presentations are interactive, and hopeful. They have … Continue reading

 Looking down the drains turns into school production


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By Sarah Menzies, Room 9 Woodstock Primary’s Year 1 and 2 students have turned their questions about litter into a colourful and powerful school production. The Rimu Syndicate Production of Little Ika simply started with a walk around the school grounds … Continue reading

Hillcrest Normal School students Win Mean Green House Competition


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Congratulations to Isla Wilkinson, Arlo Oliver and Alena Zhu from Room 7 at Hillcrest Normal School who have won the Year 5 and 6 category in the Mean Green House competition – a national competition run by Genesis Energy. The … Continue reading

Everything is Connected at Hamilton Gardens


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Last Wednesday was a wonderful example of how children learn by doing, as 250 students from 26 Enviroschools joined together at Hamilton Gardens to celebrate the year’s theme of ‘whanaunatanga’. We were welcomed by the beautiful voices of Hillcrest Normal Kapahaka … Continue reading

Mangaiti Gully Restoration at Rototuna Primary


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Nearly 800 children at Rototuna Primary School took part in the school’s second annual plant out of their school gully in May. Children and staff alike were gobsmacked by the change and growth that had happen since last year’s planting. … Continue reading

The Great Persimmon and Apple Rescue – June 4/5

apples-1004886_960_720The Hamilton Community Harvest group have been invited to rescue as much fruit as they can on the weekend of June 4/5 from an apple and persimmon orchard in Newstead and Matangi.


WasteMINZ were contacted by the owners of a persimmon orchard owned by an older couple who apparently are not well and were planning to let approximately 25tonnes of fruit rot.  They saw the recent pumpkin rescue on Love Food Hate Waste coordinated in Auckland. The apples are from an export orchard but the apples apparently aren’t pink enough!

There are three ways to participate:

  1. Volunteering/or know of people who might be interested in volunteering on one or both days to pick the fruit (registrations close 1 June 2016).
  2. Volunteering the use of a trailer or truck for collecting the fruit and dropping it off at a designated drop-off point
  3. Know of a community group, school, charity, marae, or other place that might benefit from receiving the fruit. They will have 25 tonnes of fruit to distribute!!

If you are interested in supporting, or can put good fruit to use, please email/call Colleen the coordinator to find out more details.

Colleen – Hamilton Community Harvest coordinator