WWF Youth Environmental Leaders Programme

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Kicking off with 4 days of study trips in the 2nd week of the Easter holidays (26-29 April), the Youth Environmental Leaders programme started by putting 11 young high-school students from around Auckland in the room with industry leaders in environmentally sustainable projects and businesses.

Study trips included:

  • Visit to Orakei hosted by Ngāti Whātua o Orakēi to meet Kainga Ora (learning about the Auckland food economy), followed by fruit tree-planting at Whenua Rangatira and a session on Zero Waste / Para kore at Orakēi Marae
  • Hobsonville Point nursery tidy-up, then an event management workshop in the CBD with Sustainable Coastlines followed by a beach clean-up at Birkenhead Wharf
  • Kaipatiki nursery for a waste audit, running a BBQ for the regular volunteers and then a native plant identification bush walk through Eskdale Reserve
  • Visit to Waiheke to meet Māori eco-business Potiki Adventures and do some kayaking

WWF youth at Orakei Marae planting webAfter the trips, mentors from Kaipatiki Project will help the students decide on their projects and see them through to fruition.

This programme is funded by the World Wildlife Fund’s Environmental Education Action Award and The Tindall Foundation. It is delivered by Kaipatiki Project Environment Centre, who acknowledge the support of Okahu Rakau, Sustainable Coastlines & Potiki Adventures.

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