News Updates

Applications to become a TREEmendous School are now open!

Winning schools will each receive a $10,000 TREEmendous Event and the six runner ups will receive $500 towards their projects. The TREEmendous team will work closely with the winning schools to help create a vision for their outdoor learning area and a planting programme that suits the school environment.

Winning schools will also get a visit from Ruud ‘The Bugman’ Kleinpaste ahead of their event, who will talk to the whole school about bugs and how they help us along with the importance of caring for our environment.

Entries close 14 June 2019. Click here to apply.

The ten finalists going through to round two will be announced at the end of July, so make sure to check back in here for updates!

The final four winning schools will be announced here in November.

Over the past 11 years, the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson have worked with 44 schools from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South, to date digging over 32,000 holes to plant natives, trees, shrubs and other plants and cooking 13,000 sausages for local communities.

The initiative has brought communities together, with thousands of volunteers across the country joining forces to help enhance the learning environments of their local primary and intermediate schools.

Photos and videos of the incredible completed TREEmendous Schools can be seen here. Follow us on, Mazda NZ Facebook page for pictures, videos and updates on TREEmendous Events!

Due to the high caliber of entries last year, the following five schools will become TREEmendous Schools this year:

  • Coromandel Area School, Coromandel, Saturday 23 March
  • Konini Primary School, Lower Hutt, Saturday 4 May
  • Hukerenui, Northland, Saturday 22 June
  • Te Uku, Waikato, Saturday 3 August
  • Aparima College, Southland, Saturday 17 August

The TREEmendous team look forward to working closely with these winning schools to help turn their vision of an outdoor learning area and a planting programme into a reality that suits the school’s environment and location.