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Tamariki will learn how we can make good use of resources that are often put in rubbish bins. They’ll be introduced to the principles of reducing, reusing, and recycling common household items and discover what can be done to recycle food scraps through a range of fun, hands-on activities.

They will play an interactive role-playing game to find out what happens to the rukenga kai (food cast onward) collected in the new service being rolled out across the Auckland region; they’ll discover how to set up a pāmu noke (worm farm) and find out what composting worms can eat, before taking a closer look at worms and other animals that live in a worm farm.

Along the way they will develop an understanding of cycles in nature, the principles of para kore (zero waste) and looking after our taiao (environment). Principles of Te Ao Māori are integrated into the programme and tamariki will learn some key words in te reo Māori. Tamariki will leave the session empowered to make changes to reduce their waste and have a positive impact on the environment. There is also a bus tour of the transfer station.

Bookings are required. Book here

Download a copy of the recycling standards here. [PDF]


Two extraordinary women, Jan Scott and Abeer Khankan, from English Language Partners North Shore, have developed the online Zero Waste Resource Book, an updated educational resource for its students and teachers. It is a fantastic output from our Local Board project, the Albany New Kiwis Zero Waste Education Initiative.

This amazing resource aims to empower English language learners from refugee and migrant backgrounds to become champions of Auckland Council’s 2040 Zero Waste target.

The teaching module contains a series of lessons relating to different zero waste topics. The aim is to both inform learners about Auckland’s waste issues and, at the same time, offer linguistic support to enable learners to participate in a series of zero waste workshops and activities outside the classroom.

Equipped with first-hand experience from their work with migrant students and ESOL teachers, Jan and Abeer spent numerous hours on the resource book during last year’s lockdown. They did a splendid job, using feedback from participants in the zero waste Local Board project to develop the final version. It is a great addition to the resources available for our migrant communities to learn about waste in Auckland.

Several colleagues from the Community WasteWise team helped review its contents and recommended sharing this valuable educational resource with wider communities. Overall, reviewers are impressed by its thoughtful and interactive design and outstanding level of inclusiveness; one commented:

“This will be a great resource for the community. A lot of work has gone into making it so comprehensive”