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Congratulations to Koraunui School who have been selected to be the next Kaitiaki of our regional Kaitiakitanga Taonga - Māui Dolphin Artwork.  Students from Kāpiti College visited Koraunui School last week to present this taonga at a special assembly.



Each year at the time of Matariki, this taonga is passed on to a new school or ECE who has

  • Demonstrated Kaitiakitanga - taking action in a meaningful context.

  • Shown evidence of a number of Enviroschools Guiding Principles in action

  • Participated in and contributed to the Enviroschools network by sharing their mahi and journey and by being a strong role model for others.


The key things that have contributed to Koraunui school being acknowledged as the 2018-19 Kaitiaki of our regional Kaitiakitanga Taonga are :    

Students are at the centre:

  • They provide engaging learning experiences for their students using the contexts of science and the environment

  • They empower their students - every student is a scientist !  Check out their awesome science blogs here!


Embedded in Te Ao Māori:

  • Integrated learning about Te Ao Māori is central to what they do


Delivering a courageous and engaging curriculum

  • They have intentionally elevated the status of science in the school with the support of the Royal Society Science Teaching Leadership programme, and maintained that momentum after teachers have returned to the classroom.

  • They use innovative teaching methods and ways of organising staffing to maximise student engagement in authentic learning experiences.


Supporting sustainable communities:

  • They have developed sustainability practices and projects in their schools grounds that support ongoing learning and care for the environment including bee hives, gardens, native plantings, a scooter track.

  • They contribute to the well-being of Stokes Valley streams through ongoing monitoring and taking action including- plantings and, enabling native fish migration Innovation -

  • They also contribute to the restoration of Horoeka Reserve

  • Led the Stokes Valley Bioblitz, inviting all the community including other schools to take part in a whole day of exploring the biodiversity of the valley. A mammoth undertaking involving many organisations, scientists and volunteer.

  • Koraunui teachers are incredibly generous with their knowledge with the education for sustainability community, and regularly share with others in various situations. Di Christenson and Teresa Kenny presented a workshop at the recent NZAEE conference and Koraunui School was visited as part of the  Enviroschools Field trip which inspired teachers & facilitators from around Aotearoa wide.


 Take a look at their school website for more inspiration.

This Māui Dolphin Art print was gifted to us at Enviroschools Te Upoko o Te Ika a Māui, from Tariana Turia. Tariana was one of 55 politicians presented with one of these prints in 2012 by Greenpeace, who had commissioned Wellington artist Sheyne Tuffery to create the art.

This was part of a campaign to encourage politicians to make urgent policy for improved protection of our endangered Māui Dolphins (only 55 remaining at the time), by banning net fishing throughout their habitat to a 100 metre depth as advised by international and national experts.

Read here about when Kāpiti College recieved this award last year and this significance of this artwork.