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New Zealand's soft packaging recycling scheme restarted on Monday, after being suspended last year when global recycling options dried up.
How achievable is it to live a zero-waste life?
A new project to map the birds of New Zealand across the whole of New Zealand was launched on Queen's Birthday weekend. It's called the New Zealand Bird Atlas.
Rabobank Root to Tip is returning in 2019! Entries close Monday 1st July.
A company that makes fence posts from 100% recycled plastics has won an innovation award at the NZ National Fieldays.
Familiarise yourself with New Zealand's native trees.
Wild ginger might be a noxious weed in the Far North, but it could well lead to fame and fortune for three Far North secondary students, and it has already helped one of them to...
Each morning as students walk through the entrance of Kaiwaka School in Kaipara, Northland, they pass a waka – Te Waka Rangimarie o Kaiwaka – hand-carved just for them.
The E Tū Whānau Rangatahi Film Challenge is an opportunity for rangatahi up to the age of 24 to create films that present their perspective as young people in Aotearoa.
The rubbish trip is returning to Whangarei for Plastic free July!
Join a community planting day, add one to the calendar or share a pic to be in to win a $500!
A student at Auckland's Northcote College has created an app to help teachers properly pronounce names.
If you ‘ink’ you know all about octopuses—‘sea’ if you know these 8 unique cephalopods!
A recent update on the state of New Zealand's environment paints a particularly bleak picture about the loss of native ecosystems and the plants and animals within them.
Back in 2017, PFNZ Trust talked to Otago Zoology student Jamie McAulay about his Masters research on the diet of stoats. Well the Masters is done and dusted and Jamie’s thesis is...
Waiouru Primary School students put their NZSL learning to the test and created a series of videos singing along to popular songs.
Tamariki from across the Wellington region have been busy learning the kupu and actions for a haka to perform at the opening of our new nature zone Te Taiao.
Tiny creature, big impact. What if all plankton disappeared?
A behind the scenes look at how DOC cares for New Zealand's unique native species and natural environment.
What if instead of holding bake sales to raise money, schools sold ‘Tree Cards’ and planted trees?
Students around the country are being inspired by learning about the life and work of Sir Edmund Hillary through a new teaching resource.
The Te kura o te kauri project will repurpose a Lab-in-a-box – a mobile science laboratory – and visit the tamariki (children) of Northland and North Auckland at schools, museums...
Otago University researchers have discovered new evidence of what made some of New Zealand’s iconic birds, such as the kiwi and extinct moa, flightless.
A group of Taupō teachers is helping a diverse range of students to work on real-world problems – and first up is creating the ultimate rat trap.
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Climate change is real and it is impacting us now with extreme weather, wildfires and rising sea levels. Learn how climate change is impacting Aotearoa in the Ministry of the...
Northland student Devlin Gurr wants to land a coveted cadetship at Smedley Station in Hawke's Bay. The 16-year-old has spent the start of the school holidays honing skills he'll...
It’s simple. Sir David Attenborough explains how humans can take charge of our future and save our planet.
Check out Backyard Kiwi to keep up with important dates and to find out what's going on with the Kiwi in your backyard.
A system that kills the E. coli and other bacteria in farm dairy effluent has taken first prize in the South Island Agricultural Field Days’ Agri Innovation Awards.
Mātauranga Māori and Western science: two worlds meet to save the one we have
The Critically Endangered Kakapo, a beloved parrot endemic to New Zealand, has seen renewed breeding success thanks to innovative technologies.
Say hello and goodbye to Jaxon, Toby, and Connie! The rescued sea turtles rehabilitated by the team at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium.
A Whangarei carver and a southland carver have come together to bring whakairo (carving) and Te Ao Māori to the icy depths of Antarctica in the name of Papatūānuku.
Most adult kiwi deaths in Northland are caused by dogs.
Plastic is everywhere. It’s hovering in your pantry, filling up our grocery stores, and bobbing up and down in the ocean.
Biosecurity New Zealand has completed sampling for the largest and most detailed study of honey bee health ever undertaken in New Zealand.
GREAT infographic from Nature Kids: The Nature Connection Pyramid.
A town with many kōrero, it was hard to tell its story.
Whitebait Connection Whangarei are currently on the lookout for rivers and streams in the Whangarei harbour catchment that could do with some riparian planting.
Thinking about furthering your education in an agricultural or related field? This Scholarship may be for you!
The eco warrior students are looking for somebody in the community to come share their knowledge about creating a Rongoa Garden with the tamariki at Whangarei Intermediate School.
Some common everyday phrases we can use!
Let’s all welcome the European Union (EU) to the anti-plastic pollution movement.
A study using salary data, employment prospects, skill shortages and training positions suggests aspiring engineers, builders, teachers, midwives and panel beaters are off to a...
This toolkit is for Kāhui Ako, schools and kura to collaboratively design a quality, local curriculum for their learners.
The team at NZHistory have put together resources for Tuia 250.
'We're sitting in the middle of a sick forest'. Kauri dieback is a major issue killing our native flora, is it nature trying to tell us something?
As always you will be engaged, challenged, extended and return home with renewed thinking and skills for connecting children with nature.
Widespread and sometimes drastic marine oxygen declines are stressing sensitive species—a trend that will continue with climate change
Dried out, crusty, 'dead' bluebottles washed up on our beaches can still cause a painful sting.
Green School New Zealand will open its doors next year, offering students a community-integrated, entrepreneurial way of learning with a focus on sustainability.
Local whānau members Dorothy Waetford, Ngapera Hohepa and Deborah Jennings have been part of a team working hard all summer to promote this positive kaupapa.
See Terrianne Catlow demonstrate how you can make your own soaps at home using natural ingredients.
2019 applications open for Hauora Māori Scholarships
Become an Honorary Fisheries Officers or an Observer and help stamp out toheroa poaching!
This fund supports community-led conservation projects on public and private land.
Use the curiosity cards to spark student inquiry about NewZealand's rich bicultural heritage.
Take a Photo, learn a language.
It's time we learnt the name of the ika (fish) you can find around Aotearoa.
The godwit is the one we Kiwis seem to have the softest spot for, with the exception, perhaps, of the kiwi itself.
Te Kaurinui describes kauri and tohorā (whales) as bringing him closer to Te Ao Māori.
There has been a lot of debate in the media about biodegradable plastics – that’s because not all of these plastics are created equal.
Climate crisis: a call to action
The key to life is hope. Be that hope...
The Keep New Zealand Beautiful ‘Litter Less’ programme presents six inquiry questions that are separated into three interconnected themes and delivered over 12 lessons.
Applications are now open for the 2019 Future Leaders programme.
Deadly weather: the human cost of 2018's climate disasters – visual guide
See why sperm whales were the most sought after of all the whales by the visiting whalers in the 1800's and how Māori still harvest from the deceased whales while still showing...
The relationship of the tohorā (whale) and the kauri tree has resurfaced as both of these precious taonga (gifts) have been under extreme threat in recent times.
Children are born scientists – they are innately curious about the physical environment and naturally open to making meaning through their exploration and conversations with...
Developing a deeper understanding of the state of Māori natural food and traditional resources was the drive behind the creation of the Wai Ora Wai app.
Read The Outlook For someday to see the wrap up, the standout winner, and the Someday Champions.
A map tool from Statistics New Zealand displaying pre-human and 2008 wetland distribution.
The programme is guided by the principle that every young person should be able to access the opportunity to experience adventure and challenge, develop character and compassion,...
Octopuses. Hundreds of them. Huddled on a rocky outcrop at the base of an underwater mountain.
Diving into New Zealand's 'most inaccessible places' in new virtual educational experience
Moving towards 100 percent qualified teachers in early childhood education centres and improving adult:child ratios are among some of the key proposals for change put forward by...
Protecting our marine world is an integrated curriculum teaching resource with New Zealand’s marine reserves as a real-life context for learning.
We're kaitiaki. We're guardians. This precious place is vulnerable, so we must protect it from pests and diseases.
The Stories of Ruapekapeka, a documentary highlighting Northland's most infamous armed conflict.
Expressions of interest are now open for the Young Reporters for the Environment - Litter Less programme for 2019.
Whangarei Boys' High School feature in this case study about building student aspiration for the future.
88% of people who saw 'Blue Planet II' have now changed their lifestyle. Find out more.
A new Te Reo Māori version of a popular maths resource has enabled students at a kura in Hamilton to complete activities that they previously couldn't.
There are currently almost 50,000 native trees to give to community groups, landowners, schools or NGOs that are looking for a hand up for their planting projects. Apply now, the...
An interactive careers event for high achieving Year 10-13 students to explore career possibilities in Northland’s professional primary industries
Wise up to weeds and join FREE weeds workshop in Whangārei, Paparoa, Kerikeri and Coopers Beach. Register today!
Applications are open for the Northland Grassroots fund, which grands around $80,000 each year to worthy causes and charities in Northland.
In a modern twist on the old farm cadet scheme, Whangārei A&P Society is developing a new live-in, on-farm training initiative to help grow future farmers.
The New Zealander Of the Year Awards are now open for nominations.
World Oceans Day are now accepting applications to join the #WorldOceansDay Youth Advisory Council!
You can attract native birds to your garden by setting up a feeding station.
Introduced predators don’t belong here, they were introduced by humans and have a devastating effect on our native species. However, it is important to remove predators in a humane...