Young Kiwi conservationists, gardeners and environmental champions at 30 schools across the country will now be able to kick-start their sustainability projects thanks to $25,000 of grants awarded today by Countdown.

The Growing for Good grants aim to help primary and intermediate schools fund a range of projects which are focused on protecting Aotearoa’s precious environment. These include installing beehives and chicken coops, planting native trees and plants as well as fruit and vege gardens, investigating maramataka, growing M?ori medicinal plants, and reducing food waste.

Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Kiri Hannifin, says they were blown away by the huge number of applications they received from schools across New Zealand.

“We were so impressed by the creative ideas demonstrated in this first round of Growing for Good applications. It’s fantastic to see our young tamariki and their schools so passionately engaged with weaving environmentalism and sustainability into everyday learning,” says Kiri Hannifin.

“What was particularly heartening was the number of projects designed to benefit not only the environment and the students, but their families and communities as well. It was incredibly difficult to make our final choices!”

“Countdown is focused on helping protect the precious environment we have here in New Zealand and we’re keen to help grow the minds of young Kiwis who are interested in sustainability. It’s really clear that there are thousands of kids who are passionate about doing more, so we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be running these grants again. Keep an eye out for this towards the end of 2019,” says Kiri Hannifin.

Growing for Good grant recipients (in geographical order):

  • Kawakawa Primary
    Install beehives and undertake bee friendly planting. Use wax to make beeswax wraps.
  • Whangarei Immediate School
    Plant a garden of traditional Maori plants used for medicinal purposes
  • Waitoki Primary School
    Build a chicken coop for their high needs students
  • Whangaparaoa School
    Install a sensory garden to encourage inclusion for those who can’t access outdoor areas.
  • Hobsonville Point Primary
    Plant a Kiwi Kai Garden for Matariki 2019 and support teaching tikanga Maori
  • Henderson Valley School
    Build a community garden
  • Kadimah school 
    Install a chicken coop and chickens
  • Bucklands Beach Primary School
    Purchase gardening equipment
  • Pahoia Primary
    Install a compost to reduce waste and support learning
  • Welcome Bay School
    Install a rainwater tank for their existing veggie patch
  • Apanui School
    Grow a fruit orchard to help children understand food production and seasonality while supporting healthy eating
  • Pukeatua School
    Plant an orchard to help with school lunches and to support local food rescue groups
  • Waikirikiri School
    Install a bee friendly, sensory garden
  • Puketapu School
    Create a biodiversity area to support and protect native insects
  • Kaimata School
    Add to existing beehives and use their own wax to make beeswax wraps to reduce the use of gladwrap in school lunchboxes
  • Poukawa School
    Create a food forest – including plants for shade, shelter, medicine, soil fertility and pest control
  • Ashhurst School
    Install a Butterfly and Ladybird House, plant a vegetable and herb garden and put in a compost
  • Whakarongo School
    Expand their orchard to add variation to the current crops and to support local food rescue groups
  • Paekakariki School
    Learn about the tikanga of harakeke and the rongoa of Maori medicinal plants through the planting and harvesting of these
  • Fernridge School
    Create an outdoor learning space of a sensory garden and planting to feed native birds and insects
  • Hampton Hill School
    Develop a forest fruit canopy garden to help children understand food production and food literacy
  • Dovedale School
    Install a vegetable garden
  • Lake Brunner School
    Plant a companion garden for bees and butterflies and develop a spray free vegetable garden
  • Amberley School
    Plant a garden and teach harvesting and cooking
  • Burnside Primary
    Implement a waste management system
  • South New Brighton
    Develop a community garden to support food resilience programme
  • Our Lady of the Snows School
    Build a chicken coup
  • Portobello School
    Plant native plants using maramataka (moon cycles) and then use the school as a nursery to support planting in a local Marae
  • MacAndrew Bay School
    Purchase a stream health monitoring and assessment kit to expand on the work they have been doing to improve the area around their local stream
  • Winton School
    Build a worm farm to help reduce food waste and use the compost to grow fresh produce for families in the community
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