Our PLACE is an environmental project in Western Porirua, with a vision to “empower young people of Porirua to connect with, revitalise and protect te taiao”.
The project, run under the auspices of the Porirua Harbour Trust, began in late 2019 with seed funding from DOC and strategic support from local stakeholders.
Student leaders from five schools (aged 9 – 16) are working together to develop their vision for the local environment, by exploring local places and learning about the history and significance of waterways, plants and animals. This includes bush walks with local kindergartens, planting native trees, monitoring wildlife and organising events to involve the wider community.
The students are guided by coordinators, who have strong connections with the local community, including mana whenua. They provide professional learning for teachers and support schools and centres to provide opportunities for all students to spend time in nature and take positive action.
Ongoing funding support for the project is being provided by the Philipp Family Foundation 2020 – 2023, for which the Trust is very thankful. Further funding is needed, however, to sustain the programme through this year and beyond and the Trust is currently making funding submissions to potential funders.
Teachers trying out nature activities as part of professional learning in 2020