Auckland Council

Mana Ora: Students Decarbonising Schools

Empowering students to take the lead in climate action.

Mana Ora Students Decarbonising Schools is a transformative initiative that empowers students to take the lead in climate action. Through practical projects, collaborative learning, and real-world impact, it nurtures the next generation of environmental leaders. Developed in partnership with sustainability-focused educators, the programme is making a significant contribution to our global efforts to combat climate change.

Mana Ora Case Studies

Mana Ora overview

Mana Ora Students Decarbonising Schools was delivered in 2023 by the Sustainable Schools team at Auckland Council.

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Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten

Pakuranga Baptist Kindergarten has been on a sustainability journey for many years, led by passionate head teacher Jacqui Lees.

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Beachlands School

Through participating in the Mana Ora Programme, Beachlands was able to streamline their compost collection systems and to generate revenue for future projects.

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Maraetai Beach School

For Maraetai Beach school, the Mana Ora Climate Action Fund came at an opportune time.

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Onehunga Primary School

Onehunga Primary’s project involved the creation of a series of educational murals, designed by the school community.

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May Road School

May Road School’s participation in Mana Ora helped to reinforce their role as kaitiaki of Te Auaunga Awa, the body of water that flows through Freeland Reserve.

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Meadowbank School

Meadowbank Primary has a long history of integrating sustainability into teaching and learning. But one concept was always tricky to communicate – greenhouse gases and their impacts on our climate.

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Wesley Primary School

Wesley Primary School’s engagement in Mana Ora has led to a multi-pronged flood resilience project.

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Ōrewa College

For Ōrewa College, the Mana Ora programme offered an opportunity to invest in infrastructure for onsite food production and curricular innovation.

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Waiuku College

Waiuku College’s project involved adding to an innovative renewable energy project.

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Kristin School

For Kristin School, the Mana Ora programme stimulated a deep dive into transport and community consultation.

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