Maeroa is the proud and hard-working recipient of a Silver Status Enviro School. The gully project is a major part of the work here at school and is part of the immediate community effort to restore the gully that runs through the back of our school. We have a nursery to propagate native seedlings and hold regular working bees to clear and learn about restoration.
The work in the gully however is just one part of the environmental education curriculum, we also have bees that produce honey… a gardening club that harvests food, an extensive recycling system, and chicken to support minimising food wastage. We are always looking for budding eco-warriors ready to learn, help and serve our enviro journey.
Matariki Tu Rākau is a community tree planting programme managed by Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service. Grants are available for communities to plant living memorials to their heroes.
In the winter of 2021, Maeroa Intermediate School in Hamilton, New Zealand planted 500 trees to honour Rob Begbie, one of their heroes and a great stalwart of the school community.
The children at the school collected seeds, propagated the seedlings in their shade house, and planted and maintained a new forest and outdoor classroom at their school. This was a fantastic opportunity for children to connect with their school, contribute positively to their local environment (Kaitiakitanga) and spend time together working towards a common goal (Whanaungatanga).