Countdown awards $25,000 to schools to lead the way towards a greener future

11 February 2019: Young Kiwi conservationists, gardeners and environmental champions at 30 schools across the country will now be able to kick-start their sustainability projects thanks to $25,000 of grants awarded today by Countdown.

The Growing for Good grants aim to help primary and intermediate schools fund a range of projects which are focused on protecting Aotearoa’s precious environment.  These include installing beehives and chicken coops, planting native trees and plants as well as fruit and vege gardens, investigating maramataka, growing Māori medicinal plants, and reducing food waste.

Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Kiri Hannifin, says they were blown away by the huge number of applications they received from schools across New Zealand.

“We were so impressed by the creative ideas demonstrated in this first round of Growing for Good applications. It's fantastic to see our young tamariki and their schools so passionately engaged with weaving environmentalism and sustainability into everyday learning,” says Kiri Hannifin.   

“What was particularly heartening was the number of projects designed to benefit not only the environment and the students, but their families and communities as well. It was incredibly difficult to make our final choices!”  

“Countdown is focused on helping protect the precious environment we have here in New Zealand and we’re keen to help grow the minds of young Kiwis who are interested in sustainability.  It’s really clear that there are thousands of kids who are passionate about doing more, so we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be running these grants again. Keep an eye out for this towards the end of 2019,” says Kiri Hannifin.


Growing for Good grant recipients (in geographical order):


Kawakawa Primary
Install beehives and undertake bee friendly planting.  Use wax to make beeswax wraps.
Whangarei Immediate School
Plant a garden of traditional Māori plants used for medicinal purposes
Waitoki Primary School
Build a chicken coop for their high needs students
Whangaparaoa School
Install a sensory garden to encourage inclusion for those who can’t access outdoor areas.
Hobsonville Point Primary
Plant a Kiwi Kai Garden for Matariki 2019 and support teaching tikanga Māori
Henderson Valley School
Build a community garden
Kadimah School
Install a chicken coop and chickens
Bucklands Beach Primary School
Purchase gardening equipment
Pahoia Primary
Install a compost to reduce waste and support learning
Welcome Bay School
Install a rainwater tank for their existing veggie patch
Apanui School
Grow a fruit orchard to help children understand food production and seasonality while supporting healthy eating
Pukeatua School
Plant an orchard to help with school lunches and to support local food rescue groups
Waikirikiri School
Install a bee friendly, sensory garden
Puketapu School
Create a biodiversity area to support and protect native insects
Kaimata School
Add to existing beehives and use their own wax to make beeswax wraps to reduce the use of gladwrap in school lunchboxes
Poukawa School
Create a food forest – including plants for shade, shelter, medicine, soil fertility and pest control
 Ashhurst School
 Install a Butterfly and Ladybird House, plant a vegetable and herb garden and put in a compost
 Whakarongo School
 Expand their orchard to add variation to the current crops and to support local food rescue groups
 Paekākāriki School
 Learn about the tikanga of harakeke and the rongoā of Māori medicinal plants through the planting and harvesting of these
 Fernridge School
 Create an outdoor learning space of a sensory garden and planting to feed native birds and insects
Hampton Hill School
Develop a forest fruit canopy garden to help children understand food production and food literacy
Dovedale School
Install a vegetable garden
Lake Brunner School
Plant a companion garden for bees and butterflies and develop a spray free vegetable garden
Amberley School
Plant a garden and teach harvesting and cooking
Burnside Primary
Implement a waste management system
South New Brighton
Develop a community garden to support food resilience programme
Our Lady of the Snows School
Build a chicken coop
 Portobello School
 Plant native plants using maramataka (moon cycles) and then use the school as a nursery to support planting in a local Marae
 MacAndrew Bay School
Purchase a stream health monitoring and assessment kit to expand on the work they have been doing to improve the area around their local stream
Winton School
Build a worm farm to help reduce food waste and use the compost to grow fresh produce for families in the community



Plant an orchard to help with school lunches and to support local food rescue groups

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