Newsletter • Issue 8 • March 2009
Good times or bad – trees important Sponsoring trees
Welcome to our first 2009 newsletter – a particularly Rotary Clubs, landowners and for carbon offsets
year when the global financial crisis joins sponsors. This newsletter recognises the
the world-wide concern over the future of support TfS obtains from councils, namely In 2009 the Sustainable Business
our environment. the Greater Wellington Regional Council Network plans to increase its
Even in times of financial constraint we (p2), our sponsoring Champions Yates and commitment to the Trees for Survival
must continue to protect our environment. the Sustainable Business Network (this (TfS) programme by sponsoring the
All those involved in the TfS programme page). Funding like that received from the planting of 12,000 trees by a group
will be doing their bit by planting trees to Boeing Environmental Fund (p4) enables of TfS schools across Auckland and
reduce erosion, improve stream flow and TfS to encourage ‘more children to plant Wellington and several other regions
water quality, enhance biodiversity as well more trees’. around New Zealand.
as offsetting carbon emissions. Recently, the national average for TfS
schools has been in the vicinity of 400
stems planted, resulting in around 60,000
plantings annually. This is a notable
achievement but we need to do better,
particularly to offset the fall in commercial
exotic and indigenous plantings
experienced in the last decade.
In order to encourage children, TfS
promotes the Holyoake Award which
rewards schools for effective and
enthusiastic participation in the TfS
programme. In addition, this year, plans
David English, TfS National Manager,
are afoot to make prizes available for
encourages the students of Thames South In recognition of a Champion sponsorship of
School at question time. teachers too. More information will be Trees for Survival, Mark Roberts of SBN, right,
available in our next newsletter. receives a plaque from TfS national manager
Involving our school children in planting This time next year it would be great if I David English.
trees is an investment in the future. Not can report a national average throughout
only will more trees be planted but future New Zealand of over 500 stems planted The GreenFleet programme, operated
generations will be more environmentally per school for 2009. by SBN, has dual objectives. One goal is
aware than we and our predecessors were. So I encourage all our schools and the to inculcate a culture of sustainability
I believe that corporates and small supporting partners to focus not only on thus reducing emissions by careful
business, despite the financial downturn, planting more trees but, in doing this, vehicle purchasing and maintenance,
must continue to recognise that they to ensure that the trees and shrubs they limiting vehicle use where possible
too have a part to play in protecting our plant are healthy and strong, thereby and encouraging alternative working
environment. guaranteeing maximum survival rates. patterns and travel needs. Parallel with
The TfS programme in schools is In this way children in the TfS programme this SBN has adopted a programme
made possible through the effective can lead the way in making a real for developing carbon offsets by
involvement of our partners – the local difference in New Zealand’s environmental supporting the planting of trees.
councils, supporting organisations landscape. “Our tree planting mission,” say
Mark Roberts, GreenFleet Programme
Manager for SBN, “fits very well with
Trees for Survival the opportunities provided within the
proudly championed by TfS programme and integrates well
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Wellington region in good heart
The work of the Trees for Survival (TfS)
programme relies on assistance from
many partners, among which are various
regional councils who usually play a
prominent part providing seedlings for
TfS plant growing units and advice to
teachers, as well as interfacing over sites
for planting and assisting at planting
Wellington region has been actively
supporting the TfS programme for many
years – with significant assistance from
Left: Students of Wainuioru School in eastern Wairarapa benefit from experience as they embark on
a dedicated team at Greater Wellington
planting out, the culmination of their earlier nurturing work.
Regional Council (GW) who have made Right: Children from Epuni School get ready for a potting-on session and helped by John Lord (left),
a major contribution to streamlining Karnabie Weitzel (centre) and Field Officer Anne Gaskin (right).
the functioning of the local programme.
Under the leadership of Robyn Smith, that runs up to the Wairarapa and over to implementation of the TfS programme
team leader Community Environmental Kapiti Coast, the programme is currently in our sixteen schools”.
Projects and her committed group of full. Since her appointment in mid-2008 The efforts of GW are strongly on
Juzah Zammit-Ross, Kerryn Penny, Warren as the TfS regional field officer, Anne public land with the planting-out focus
Field, Callum Brooks and Richard Romijn Gaskin has visited most member schools. being on seaside dunes and rivers.
with support from Geoff Skene, manager Anne speaks with strong appreciation Robyn Smith says, “we are committed
of Environmental Education, Greater of Greater Wellington’s help. She says, to fostering plants that belong to the
Wellington plays an invaluable role. “they are a great team providing Wellington region thus building on the
With 16 committed schools, in an area help and guidance in support of the region’s special character. And we work
From obstacle to asset Some are donated for planting alongside
other schools to help them establish
native areas for birds. TfS, supported by
In December the prestigious Holyoake Downtown Rotary and Remuera New
Award for 2008 was presented to World, is justly proud that its interaction
Meadowbank School of Auckland. The with the school has played a very
impressive commitment of Room 13 important part in the larger, more all-
and teacher Edith Cross to the Trees for encompassing environmental education.
Survival (TfS) initiative is in keeping with The key drivers for TfS are erosion
the school’s involvement with the TfS control, maintaining water quality
programme since 1992. and stream flow, biodiversity and
Meadowbank School, divided into two strengthening relationships with local
parts by a deep gully with a stream in groups as well as restorative planting
the bottom, has turned what on first enhancing our environment. At so
appearances might be seen as divisive many different levels the activities at
into a magnificent asset. The Gulley Meadowbank epitomise those objectives.
Project plays a pivotal role in the highly- Over the last decade the school’s
developed environmental programme environmental focus has grown. Peter
which is a major part in school learning. Ayson, who returned to the school
At the micro level, the school typically as Principal in 1998, has given strong
brings about 2400 trees through its leadership and the appointment of Nicky
planting unit each year for use in sites Elmore as specialist Nature Science
which are allocated by the Auckland Co-ordinator has further supported
Regional Council. Typically 75% of the Edith’s work.
Top: Noel Holyoake, of Holyoake Industries,
trees are planted rurally, where students Work on the gulley began in 2000.
presents the 2008 award to Edith Cross.
have the opportunity to develop a Above: An impressive notice board summarises After a major clearing programme, the
relationship with a particular farm, and Meadowbank’s commitment to the area now boasts a network of paths,
the rest in the school or local community. environment. constructed teaching areas and gardens
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Working in TfS schools
to ensure that schools integrate the Late last year a Trees for Survival (TfS)
TfS programme into the curriculum, so plant growing unit was installed at
that children gain a wider view of the the historic Te Waotu School in the
importance of plants”. South Waikato. The whole school,
Under the guidance of chairman, supported by enthusiastic parents and
Jim Greenhough, the Rotary District representatives of Environment Waikato
committee facilitates funding support and the South Waikato District Council,
for TfS schools . attended the opening. Lesley Fitzgerald
Epuni School is a classic example of of Pokaiwhenua Tree Farm showed the
the way regional council assistance children how to prick out and pot-on
works. Here the drive of Juzah their seedlings.
Zammit-Ross, with the help of Jay Epuni School in Wellington’s Hutt Valley
Howey of Hutt Valley Rotary, has been have potted on their first set of seedlings,
instrumental in getting a planting unit, and all involved are looking forward
taken over from another school, up enthusiastically to the planting season.
and running. Now the Epuni students TfS plant growing units have been
are able to participate fully part in the delivered to the Rudolf Steiner School
programme. in Tauranga, Ponsonby School and
Takapuna Grammar School in Auckland
while Te Karaka School in Gisborne is
Next issue it is hoped to explore recent standing by to receive its new 4m unit.
progress at Hutt Valley High School The application by Point View School in
Top: Enthusiastic students and helpers
where Geraldine Smart has been single- Auckland to become a TfS school has at Epuni School in Hutt Valley.
handedly running the programme for been approved – more information will Above: Students at Rudolf Steiner School,
the last five years. follow in the May Newsletter. Tauranga, get dirt under their nails.
and trees. The school activities also The school’s work attracts both national
feature hydroponics, worm farms, water and international attention. Edith’s
recycling, vegetable gardens, composting blog at http://room13environment.
and the TfS plant growing unit. wordpress.com provides an evolving
Since 2000 Meadowbank School insight into the Meadowbank experience,
has received numerous awards in while revealing her passionate
acknowledgment of its environmental commitment; her latest updates don’t
programme, as well as being recognised take long to be viewed worldwide!
by the NZ Institute of Landscape Relationship with the broader
Architects with a Gold Medal for community goes beyond a contribution
the Gulley Project. As a Green/Gold to planting trees. Recently Ngati Whatua
Enviroschool, the whole school is o Orakei carver Katera Maihi was
committed to working towards commissioned to transform obsolete
sustainability with all year groups able telephone poles into pouwhakarae –
to use exciting facilities to learn in, and shaped posts traditionally used on pa
about, the environment, while taking sites to confuse and deter enemies. They
action for the environment. have been erected around the school
The integration of this environmentally- with the tallest, God of the Forest Tane,
based programme into the school’s looking after the gulley. This carving
curriculum is apparently seamless. SOLO is the start of a relationship with the
– an approach based on the Study of bilingual Maori school at Orakei marae,
Observed Learning Outcomes – plays a Te Kura-a-Iwi.
significant part in encouraging enquiry
and creating highly successful thinking
Top: Recently completed Tane looks out of over
processes for the students as they
the well-planted gulley.
progress into secondary school. Concept Left: Nestled in the gulley, surrounded by
Maps are utilised to explore a number of evidence of the project, is the amphitheatre –
issues such as erosion and animal pests. an outdoor classroom.
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Coming, coming… Environmental fund sponsorship
In spite of our plans to circulate the Trees for Survival (TfS) acknowledges
Secondary School Resource to schools the generous financial support from
before the end of 2008 the fates the Boeing Environmental Fund that
conspired against us and the mailing of will enable new schools to join the TfS
the resource package has been delayed, programme. The schools are supplied
but it will be distributed to all Trees for with materials and equipment to
Survival secondary schools soon. grow and plant trees in their specially
Resource Packs are available to be designed plant growing units.
purchased for $25 ea plus P&P. Write to Furthermore this funding will enable
Trees for Survival, PO Box 11836, Ellerslie, TfS schools to work with students
Auckland or email firstname.lastname@example.org participating in the Foundation for
Youth Development programmes.
During the year TfS will be working
with the Foundation for Youth
Development in Auckland and
Wellington. It is hoped that at least two
schools in each region will be involved
in initiating this joint venture. More
details will be forthcoming in the May
edition of the TfS Newsletter.
Craig Saddler (right), Graeme Dingle (Founder
of FYD) and Hardayal Singh from Air New
Zealand with children of Randwick Park
School in Manurewa. Craig Saddler spoke to
>> Continued from page 1 the children about the need to respect our
highly the work being done by Trees
A typical vehicle on New Zealand
roads will emit 3.4 tonnes of carbon
dioxide per year. Membership of
TfS sponsors and supporters
GreenFleet facilitates the planting of 23 We sincerely thank the following for their assistance and donations:
trees per vehicle per year as a carbon
offset for these emissions. The Sustainable Management Fund, NZ Steel, The Northern Gateway
Mark comments, “Participation in TfS Boeing Environmental Fund, Cuesports Alliance, G S Shapland Ltd, Regency
programmes offers mutual benefits for Foundation, The Chenery Trust, Duty Free and Parkland Products.
both parties with SBN members being
Trees for Survival acknowledges the Rotary Clubs of New Zealand, Multistrut,
seen as committed to and in tune with
Foster & Co and local councils throughout the country for their ongoing support
of the TfS programme.
Collective action across broad
partnerships is fundamental to SBN.
On one side they have sponsors
(Toyota, Honda, LeasePlan and Thrifty
Car Rentals) who make possible the Keep in touch!
GreenFleet efforts while reinforcing There are many stories to tell and we would like to publish them in our newsletter.
their own individual commitments If you have a news item of interest, or a photo of your TfS activities, please send them
to environmentally-friendly business. to email@example.com marked attention ‘Newsletter Editor’ We look forward to your
On the other side SBN operates in a contributions!
broad partnership with TfS and various Application forms to apply to become a TfS school can be downloaded from
schools in pursuit of their carbon www.tfsnz.org.nz/userimages/File/Get_Involved/ApplicationForm08_3.pdf
Ph: 09 526 1561 Fax: 09 526 1563
PO Box 11836, Ellerslie, Auckland 1542
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