Arekatera Turia out walking
Image: Kim Turia | DOC


Find out the four winners of this Conservation Week competition that encouraged classes to make a difference in their local area.

2016 winners

Congratulations to our four winners who will receive $750 to contribute to their conservation action project.

Green Heroes

Country Creche, Hamilton – the centre is working towards developing a native area in their grounds to attract native weta and birds.
Is our playground insect friendly?

Stream Heroes

Lynmore Primary School, Rotorua – students are taking action to restore Waitawa Stream.
Waitawa Stream restoration

Green and Marine Heroes

Tairua School, Tairua – students have developed action plans to help save local native species such as the Archey's frog, gecko, fernbird, New Zealand dotterel and weta.
Conservation of local native species

Green Heroes

15th Invercargill Company Girls Brigade Juniors, Invercargill – the group conducted an investigation in their local green space and identified that it is not very healthy. They are planning to clean up the area.
Green space investigation

Some fantastic 2016 entries

Thanks to all the groups who participated in the competition.

About the 2016 competition

Habitat Heroes encouraged young people to explore a local natural environment and think about how they can make a difference. The competition took place in New Zealand between 2 May 2016 and 18 September 2016. To enter, groups of two or more students needed to:

  1. Get outside - explore and investigate the health of a local natural environment
  2. Share a summary of their work on any online channels (school blog, YouTube, Facebook, etc.) to be in to win one of four prizes. Students needed to share:
    1. Learning and experiences outdoors, in particular, their observations regarding the health of their local environment.
    2. Ideas and an intended action they could take to improve the health of a local environment.
  3. Email their entry to us. This could be a weblink to their blog, video, photos, PowerPoint presentation, or a PDF document. They could also post the entry on social media with the hashtag #HabitatHeroes.

Further information in the Terms and conditions.

Teaching and learning resources

How to be a Habitat Hero poster.
How to be a Habitat Hero poster (PDF, 1,076K)

How to be a Habitat Hero poster

The How to be a Habitat Hero poster (PDF, 1,076K) is a suggested learning sequence based on the DOC inquiry cycle. This guides you through the competition.

Curriculum resources

We developed three Habitat Heroes curriculum resources to guide teachers and group leaders.

The resources include various hands-on activity ideas to help understand and explore your local area.

Habitat Heroes discussion group

Use the Habitat Heroes discussion group on The Pond website to share your ideas for outdoor learning experiences and conservation action projects.

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