Students keen to increase their environmental knowledge

Bream Bay College teachers Emma Scobie-Jennings and Tony Baker, front, with Cr Rick Stolwerk and local landowner Luana ...
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Bream Bay College teachers Emma Scobie-Jennings and Tony Baker, front, with Cr Rick Stolwerk and local landowner Luana Pirihi at the site of the Takahiwai wetland restoration project. The project is one of more than 21 Northland school projects that will receive Environmental Leaders Fund backing this year.

Thirteen Whangarei schools are among 21 schools Northland-wide allocated funds for projects from beekeeping to possum fur plucking through the regional council's annual 'Environmental Leaders Fund'.

The fund aims to support Northland schools and their students to increase their environmental knowledge, passion and practice through projects that are practical, hands-on and have a positive environmental impact.

Northland regional councillors Rick Stolwerk and Justin Blaikie sat on the judging panel which allocated this year's funding.

Stolwerk says both he and Cr Blaikie were thrilled with the variety and calibre of applications, as well as the interest schools and their pupils shared in attempting to make a real difference to Northland's environment.

A total of $22,264 was allocated - 3 (collectively worth $13,505) are from the Whangarei district, five (worth $4759) from the Far North and three (worth $4000) from Kaipara.

In total 28 schools had collectively applied for almost $46,000.

Schools can apply for up to $2000 for projects relating to the regional council's core business of biodiversity, biosecurity and water quality typically having a greater chance of success.

"We would have liked to have been able to grant all 28 applications – but the available funding was limited."

"It's great to see our young people taking such a keen interest in our environment and fantastic that as a council we're able to help them bring some of these projects to life."

 

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