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Published: 2005-06-30 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has awarded $5000 from its Environmental Initiative Fund to a Raglan environmental and health organisation for a sustainable living education programme.

Te Mauri Tau, an educational, environmental and health organisation, aims to model and promote learning about lifestyles that maximise well-being, are sustainable and respect the environment.

It offers education courses and activities about the environment, holistic health practices, tikanga and te reo Maori, growing and cooking organic food, permaculture design and application, child development and many other topics.

The group co-authored the Enviroschools Kit which supports school programmes throughout the country, and hosts national hui for co-ordinators, facilitators and teachers. It has also developed a healthy eating programme for the community.

The group aims to develop a plan on their Raglan property demonstrating a holistic, sustainable approach to life. Council Chairman Jenni Vernon said that several hundred people attended Te Mauri Tau programmes last year.