We are excited to announce another 21 schools have been selected to become part of our Kiwibank Predator Free schools programme. The successful schools are spread between Northland and Bluff (literally!) and include a range of rural and urban, primary and secondary.
The Kiwibank Predator Free Schools’ programme, a partnership between Predator Free NZ Trust (PFNZ) and Kiwibank, gives schools a hand up to extend their conservation goals. Schools receive up to $1000 to put towards equipment that enhances the native wildlife in their schools and protects it from predators.
We are also pleased to announce we’ve teamed up with Trees That Count, so Kiwibank Predator Free Schools will now be able to apply for up to 100 native trees to plant in their school grounds or surrounding neighbourhood. It will help schools to create new wildlife-friendly habitat that provides food and shelter for native birds as well as providing a place for other wildlife-friendly (and child-friendly) activities such as creating lizard gardens and wētā hotels. What’s more – the 10 schools that are already in the Kiwibank trapping programme can also apply for trees from Trees That Count.
Planting trees and creating habitat for native species is an important piece of the predator free puzzle and a vital way to connect children with what lives in their school grounds. By teaming up with Trees That Count we can encourage schools to look at the wider ecosystem.
Barrytown School, West Coast
Bay of Islands International Academy, Bay of Islands
Bluff School, Bluff
Diamond Harbour School, Christchurch
Haumoana School, Hastings
Hira School, Nelson
Kaharoa School, Rotorua
Kuratau School, Turangi
Nuhaka School, Hawkes Bay
Orere School, Auckland
Paraparaumu Beach School, Kapiti Coast
Patea Area School, South Taranaki
St Andrew’s Primary School, South Canterbury
St Gerards Primary School, Alexandra
St Joseph’s School, (Waitara), North Taranaki
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae, Auckland
Te Mahia School, Hawkes Bay
Wainui Beach School, Gisborne
Wainuiomata High School, Wellington
Waiouru School, Manawatu
Wanaka Primary School, Central Otago
To support teachers and students in their learning we have also pulled together a kete of resources. The school kete has been designed to be a one-stop shop for ideas on how to experience our native species, understand why they are at risk of extinction and discover ways to support them.
There is a wealth of wonderful resources created by various sources and we feel that these should be shared and accessible to all. We continue to add new resources as they are created or discovered. Check out what’s in our kete, and how our Teachers’ Guide can help support teachers.