Our Mission


Kids Greening Taupo enables young people to participate in real life projects with opportunities to connect in a culturally responsive way to their local environment and community, increasing biodiversity, student leadership and educational outcomes.

Shaping the Future of Our Place, Now

Kids Greening Taupo connects our kindergartens and schools with a real-life teaching context based on the vision and work of Greening Taupo.

Based on the Collaborative Community Education Model (click here to download), our schools and community partners work together towards  a shared environmental education goal. Through this journey, students lead restoration projects in the community which then offer many learning experiences outside of the classroom. 

What we do:

  • Help kindergartens and schools develop restoration projects in their school grounds or within walking distance,

  • Provide teacher professional development workshops to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence to use the natural environment as a learning context,

  • Run a Family Conservation Event Series to show-case how everyone can take action for biodiversity in their own backyard, and

  • Support a Student Leadership Team, enabling these students the opportunity to develop key skills to organise and implement collaborative restoration projects and conservation events.

We love the Kids Greening Taupo programme because it grows kotahitanga / unity within our community, kaitoro / curiosity towards living things and kaitiakitanga / guardianship toward the land we belong to within the Tuwharetoa iwi. We are showing manaaki / care and making a difference for our generation and generations to come
— Gina Livingstone Teacher, Central Kids Kindergarten Laughton

Kids Greening Taupo Overarching Goals


To support educational organisations to provide students with authentic opportunities for engaging in restoration and conservation projects.

To support the development of student leadership and agency.


To increase biodiversity in the Taupo District.


To support meaningful collaboration across participating organisations and stakeholders.


To incorporate culturally responsive pedagogy into programme development.