HBRC calls on secondary schools to take action

New HBRC member Hinerangi Price leads the call to action for our environment.

This year, the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is issuing a challenge to all high schools in the region.

The call to action for our environment comes from new member of the Regional Council’s environmental education team, Hinerangi Price.

The regional council is issuing a wero, or challenge, to all secondary schools in Hawke’s Bay to plan and implement an environmental initiative that supports their school community. The top three winning schools will share a prize pool of $2,000.

To see an overview of the project criteria and to register your school, visit hbrc.govt.nz, search: #secondary.

Hinerangi takes on a new role focused on motivating and educating our young environmental kaitiaki. Some of the tools she uses are education programs, resources, partnerships and events. Environmental Education for Hawke’s Bay High Schools is about educational opportunities in, about and for the environment, she says.

“Our goal is to inspire sustainable behaviors, through personal and collective action against climate change, and to encourage innovation.”

With a background in secondary education, Hinerangi grew up in Hawke’s Bay and now raises her own whānau in that area.

“Being able to enjoy the outdoor spaces and all that Hawke’s Bay has to offer is a blessing and I am grateful to be working in environmental education for the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council,” she says.

“One of my goals here is to create opportunities to experience nature outdoors, to understand conservation and environmental issues, and to develop knowledge and skills to defend, protect, conserve and restore the te taiao – the environment. I look forward to supporting our high school teachers and students.”

For more information on the Regional Council’s environmental challenge, contact Hinerangi Price [email protected] or 06 835 9200.