Minister announces environmental grants to schools

  • Marie Hasler
Associate Minister of the Environment

Hon Marie Hasler, Associate Minister for the Environment, today announced environmental grants to 15 schools, totalling $20,222.

"These New Zealand Glass Environmental Fund grants are sponsored by ACI Glass Packaging New Zealand to encourage studies which give young people an understanding of the importance and fragility of the environment," Ms Hasler said.

"Equipping young people with the skills and knowledge to develop a clean and healthy environment is vital in today's world and for our future survival.

"ACI is committed to encouraging young people to value and relate to their environment and I commend them for this. I hope ACI, as well as other businesses, will continue to support quality projects such as these."

Ms Hasler said the New Zealand Glass Environmental Fund was established in 1983, and through its national committee each year's funding recipients are decided. Of the 15 successful applicants this year, five are from the South Island and 10 from the North Island.

Award winners are:

Apanui Kindergarten in Whakatane receives $366 to plant native trees and shrubs.

Bridge Pa School in Hastings receives $3108 to purchase equipment for the propagation and development of plantings together with a composting and recycling scheme.

Catlins Area School in South Otago receives $4070 for a revegetation project at Owaka Heads.

College St Normal School in Palmerston North receives $373 for a weather monitoring project.

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Hokitika Primary School receives $1622 for an hydroponics project.

Mackenzie College in Fairlie receives $300 for equipment to measure invertebrates.

Morrinsville Primary School receives $600 for native tree planting.

Nayland Primary School in Nelson receives $400 for compost tumblers.

Oturu School in Kaitaia receives $1000 towards the establishment of a recycling and waste management system.

Pompallier College in Whangarei receives $1502 to monitor the effects of urbanisation on the ecosystem of the Nihotetea Stream.

Rangiora High School receives $2700 to buy dataloggers.

Rushton Road Kindergarten in Morrinsville receives $400 to create a children's native corner.

Taipa Area School in Mangonui, North Auckland, receives $2700 for a Taipa estuary monitoring project.

Western Heights Kindergarten in Rotorua receives $579 to create a wildlife nature area for the children to explore.

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For more information:
Christine Seymour
04 471 9063 or 026 111 467

Donna Gardiner
Ministry for the Environment
04 917 7414