Three Kaipara schools have been allocated funds for projects from beekeeping to possum fur harvesting through the Northland Regional Council’s annual Environmental Leaders Fund.
Ruawai College received $1,000 for beekeeping equipment, Dargaville High School $1,500 towards a possum fur plucking machine and Tangowahine School $1,500 for a plant nursery.
The fund aims to support Northland schools and their students to increase their environmental knowledge, passion and practice through projects that are hands-on and have a positive environmental impact.
Councillor Rick Stolwerk, who sat on the judging panel said “it’s great to see our young people taking such a keen interest in our environment and fantastic that as a council we’re able to help them bring some of these projects to life.”
Tangowahine School Principal Wayne Steele said that their funds will go towards a new greenhouse to grow vegetable and native plant seedlings for the wider school community.
“The idea of propagating plants to give to the community is part of the school’s environmental and sustainable future focus. It is also a chance for us as a school to give back to the community.