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

Environment Waikato has granted Hukanui School $10,000 to trial the development of two environmental education programmes.

The school plans to trial the development of two environmental education programmes based on restoration processes in indigenous ecosystems. The emphasis will be on understanding the value of retaining indigenous species through eco-sourced plant propagation techniques.
The programme will complement the Enviroschools programme, raising awareness and sensitivity to biodiversity in urban ecosystems.

The second programme involves a series of continuing education workshops for community groups or people involved in urban indigenous restoration led by an experienced teacher in an onsite environmental building located next to operating environmental projects. These include the school’s gully restoration project.

Those who participate in the programme can then apply their learning to the regional Enviroschools plans or community projects.

Environment Committee Chairman Paula Southgate said Hukanui School was very highly regarded as one of the leading Enviroschools in the Region and an example to other schools. The Environmental Initiatives Fund contribution would go toward the education building and resource costs.