Waitara East School

Taranaki based bilingual primary school, Waitara East, has embarked on a sustainability journey with the TREEmendous Education Programme and ways they can help look after the environment by restoring our Biodiversity.

The school will be developing a programme to increase their student’s nature-literacy by learning about inter-connected ecosystems – learning how animals, plants, fungi, bacteria and slime-moulds can all live in harmony.

Denise Tutaki, Waitara East School Junior Syndicate leader says “We are beyond thrilled to have the support of the Mazda Foundation. We can’t speak enough about the excitement for our tamariki to have Ruud and Riley in our school, and the messages they gave to our tamariki are invaluable.

Our kura has Te Atiawatanga at the forefront of all our curriculum and inquiry planning. Sustainable practises are essential to our very being. We see our tamariki as being ngā kaitiaki mō āpōpō – they are the future caretakers of our planet. Their care and concern for our whenua, awa and moana is innate, and the children are passionate about reducing their impact on our environment.