Monday, 23 September 2013

Kiri Dickinson: Go Go Enviro

Karyn’s Introduction:

At TKAS we are fortunate to be having a new school  built for us. Part of our ongoing commitment to developing a sustainable futures was to join the Enviroschools movement.

Kiri is charged with leading this initiative and she shares the first part of our journey. 

‘Go Go  Enviro’

Being part of Enviro-schools has and will continue to be an exciting journey for everyone at TKAS.
I recently saw a quote on face book that said:
“We keep treating this planet as if we have another one to go to (last I knew, Earth is all we got)”   - Heart- Ships.
The challenge is changing attitudes and values towards future sustainability so that our current and future students realise that earth cannot be an infinite resource unless we start taking care of it now!

Part One  -  ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
We started our enviro-schools journey thinking about how to deal with waste, as this was soon to become an issue with changes to the local refuse depot.
Our answer was to generate much more positivity around recycling our paper, plastic, glass and tin by creating a system where rubbish is sorted appropriately.
Our plan for getting rid of food waste was slightly less conventional however and before long we were welcoming two piglets into a new purpose built sty at the bottom of the school orchard. To start there were a few minor hiccups. Having the principal and a few of the teachers herding piglets in the middle of the night, around the streets of TK was not on the plan.  Problem solved and  Hui and Celebration (named after their destiny where there was hope of being able to provide kai to the community at our end of term celebration of learning hui) soon settle down to enjoy life in their new sty. The boys grew rather fast and being boars it was soon evident that they would need to meet their fate. Our next round of piglets were two sows and much easier to handle. They too have since met their fate. One thousand sausages, four pressed hams, two rolled roasts, two smoked hams and a hell of a lot of hangi meat later, we can now call ourselves experienced pig farmers. A few lessons have been learnt along the way and as a result we know what needs to change to make things even better then before. Everyone at some point has enjoyed tasting our homegrown pork and we look forward to raising a few more porkers in the near future.


  1. Having school pigs has created a lot of learning opportunities throughout the school from year 1's to year 13's. There are so many advantages, the main one being an enviro-friendly way to dispose of our organic waste.

  2. You did a great job of planning, co-ordinating and raising awareness about environmental matters.