We’d like to congratulate the winners of our recent Mazda NZ schools competition!
The purpose of this annual competition is to encourage ākonga (students) to connect with nature, foster curiosity about the natural world and protect what they love.
To enter, the students had to demonstrate what they learnt about a specific animal species, its environment and the threats it faces in the wild. Students then looked into ways that their own actions and the actions of their community could make a positive change for that species.
Taking out the top spot was Room NB3 from Owairoa Primary School and their mahi for marine mammals – such as the Bryde’s whale. Some students got involved by putting up posters at their local beach encouraging beach-goers not to litter, others made informational ‘top trump’ cards, and their class created a video encouraging good waste disposal habits that was played at their school assembly.
In second place, Waitakere Primary School tamariki helped to spread awareness across the different classes and age ranges in their school (even creating engaging and educational games to play!) on the benefits of the humane trapping of introduced predators and their passion for #predatorfree2050.
And in third place Hobsonville School Blueroom who created a gallery of dioramas that showcased different New Zealand native animal species and their habitats. These were shared with classes across the school to discuss the importance of rubbish disposal and protecting nature.
We’d like to thank all of the kura and schools who entered and did their bit for wildlife and the environment! Stay tuned for the 2023 competition announcement!