Enviroschools hui

Enviroschools West Coast invited the West Coast Penguin Trust to join and present to a recent community partnerships hui for teachers.

The hui focussed on building strong community collaborations and partnerships. It was held at Kaniere School and nearly 30 teachers from across Grey and Westland districts attended along with our Manager, Inger Perkins, and representatives from Kai Puku Food Hub, Kiwi Conservation Club, the Paparoa Wildlife Trust, Conservation Volunteers NZ, the Department of Conservation, West Coast Regional Council, and Grey District Council.

Feedback included: “This has been very valuable for our centre moving forward and inspiring us. Making connections has been great.”

Organiser and Enviroschools facilitator, Laura Neale said: “It was exciting to see everyone getting to know each other. From little things big things grow – we look forward to these conversations blossoming into rich learning opportunities for tamariki and collaborations that contribute to a more understanding, connected, and sustainable community.”

Bringing community groups to schools and connecting them in this way was an excellent initiative.  The Trust has many connections to schools and to others involved in conservation across the region and it was a wonderful opportunity to connect with them and meet new teachers and new organisations with shared values including the new waste minimisation officer at Grey District Council and Kai Puku Food Hub, preventing usable food ending in landfill and instead sharing it where it is needed.

hui presentation
Trust Manager, Inger Perkins, presents to the hui
penguin manager with penguins
Inger with penguins and resources