It is encouraging to see the level of interest schools have in protecting and supporting native species in and around their school grounds. Here we introduce the schools currently supported by our Kiwibank programme. You can find them by region:
Mangonui School is tracking predators found on their grounds and maintaining traps for rats, stoats and possums. Their programme links to Māori tikanga and Kaitiakitanga.
Belmont Primary School is excited about the opportunity to create a predator free green space in school and encourage native birds back to the school grounds.
Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi Marae: With the goal of kaitiakitanga Hoani Waititi students researched the pros and cons of trapping, how to track and started informing their marae.
Summerland Primary School have found rats, mice and hedgehogs in their school. The students are enthusiastic about making a difference to native species.
Orere School has chickens and a duck, nearby endangered weka are living in the bush. Students will explore the implications of predators and the animals they are trying to protect.
Kaharoa School is actively involved in supporting the Kaharoa Kokako Trust. Students will set traps to keep control of rats and stoats and report monitoring numbers to the trust..
Kuratau School is kaitiakitanga to its own wetlands. With planting and trapping they expect to see an increase in bird life and have already seen whio come in on the Kuratau river!
Lynmore School has a trapping programme inside a native reserve, Waitawa Bush, on the school grounds. Their goal is to create citizen scientists and make New Zealand even better.
Goodwood School in Cambridge have a motto, “Pest Free is the way to be!”. The school is undertaking bird counts, making their own tracking tunnels and tracking the number of catches.
Wainui Beach School in Gisborne will be working alongside Kiwibank community group Nga Manu Waiata to achieve a flourishing and sustainable school that is safe for native flora and fauna.
Nuhaka School welcomes the opportunity to understand what predators are around their school grounds as they promote the native animals and plants around them.
Haumoana School is surrounded by orchards and vineyards. They aim to create a predator free environment for birdlife and will measure change with a bird count record and wētā monitoring.
Te Mahia School: With the launch of Predator Free Mahia it’s the vision of the school that young people of Mahia will continue this vital programme on their peninsular.
Through inquiry learning Patea Area School is keen to help Taranaki become predator free and protect their river walkway so that bird song can be heard once more.
Despite large school grounds and lots of trees there is little evidence of bird life at Waiouru School. Trapping predators will re-establish this area as a safe place for birds.
Otari School is right next to Otari-Wilton’s Bush and the school grounds are visited by lots of native birds. The school looks forward to their children being kaitaki of this area.
At Paraparaumu Beach School the predator free status of Kapiti Island inspired the Paraparaumu Bird Savers group, who wish to make the school predator free and create habitat to keep birds safe.
Wellington East Girls’ College backs onto the Wellington Town Belt and school grounds have native gardens. Predator Free WEGC will extend the safe haven for native bird species.
Wainuiomata High School wants to entice trapping in their residential areas, develop a virtual fence of predator control and establish habitat for native birds, animals and insects.
Grovetown School will have traps placed around the school and the trapping team will collect data which will be graphed and analysed in the classroom.
Queen Charlotte College is excited about contributing to the vision of predator free Picton by facilitating the involvement of the younger generation.
Barrytown School would like to support local predator free communities preserving their native surroundings and create a haven for birds within their school environment.
Diamond Harbour School have been monitoring the pests in their environment. They are now setting traps and creating spaces in their school that will make excellent habitats for native animals.
St Andrew’s Primary School is kaitiaki of Canterbury mudfish, undertake monitoring and planting days and support The New Zealand Raptor Trust.
St Anne’s Catholic School has teamed up with EOS Ecology to undertake pest monitoring. The students love looking after the environment and are happy that their trapping will benefit not just bird life but fish too.
Wanaka Primary School verges Mt Aspiring National Park, home to many native birds. Working with Wanaka Backyard Trapping, students will start supporting birds from their school.
St Gerard’s is looking forward to removing predators and providing protection for beautiful skinks and geckos, as well as welcoming back native birds which they rarely see.