Wanaka Primary School


This Te Kākano initiated planting project has seen a native plant reference garden established at the Wanaka Primary School site. 350 plants of 30different native species have been planted and landscaped in such a way that the students can ‘play’ amongst the plants and be able to identify them up close from the plant tags installed. Our first planting on site was held in August 2013 and was helped by students from the EOTC (Education Outside The Classroom) programme. The garden was completed in May 2015 and celebrated with an official opening attended by all pupils, many parents and Te Kakano volunteers. Many thanks to all the contributed to this wonderful area that will provide a legacy at the school for many years to come.

The garden continues to develop and grow with recent work being funded by Fonterra Grass Roots Fund.



Paper 4 Trees

Te Kākano supplied plants to the Paper 4 Trees programme from 2011 - 2017. Paper 4 Trees is a waste minimisation reward programme for NZ schools and preschools. It's the largest school-based recycling programme of its type in the country with over 4000 schools and early childhood centres participating. We covered the Central Otago and Queenstown-Lakes districts for the first two years, and then just the Wanaka area. We have such a demand for plants we can no longer supply this great scheme.  The Paper 4 Trees programme is run by EERST (Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust), and like us, depend on funding to continue their work, so check out their website to see how you can be a donor and find out ways to get involved. 






As part of our 'inspire and educate' strategy, we host school groups at our nursery for a fun day learning about native plants, propagation and our cause for native habitat restoration. Sometimes, we also organise for them to visit one of our project sites, so that they can see first hand where the plants are going and learn about the 'bigger picture'. We've had pre-schoolers to university students come visit and it's always a hive of activity with so many young folk around. 


So far, we've hosted students from:


We are also hosts for Mt Aspiring College's 'Students In The Community' programme, which enables all Year 13 students to undertake two hours of service to the community each week, and their Duke of Edinburgh Award programme, which challenges young New Zealanders to be the best they can be.

The Year 9 students from the college are also involved in the Roys Bay East project.


If you're a teacher and would like to come check us out with your students, just drop us a line anytime.