Tauhara College has been involved with Kids Greening Taupo (KGT) since 2015. Plantation Reserve is our restoration site where we collaborate with KGT. Classes have been involved with planting, weeding, pest control, biodiversity surveys, murals and creating infrastructure at Plantation Reserve.
In 2015 Tauhara College students were part of the pilot KGT programme and several representatives sat on the Student Leadership Team (SLT). As part of this pilot project, student Sian Moffitt was nominated as a student mentor and photographer, and she went on to design the Kids Greening Taupō logo with a local design company. In 2019 she returned to the programme as one of two Environmental Education coordinators.
Throughout the years Tauhara College students have continued to be selected as part of the SLT and for core roles. In 2020 Katherine Davy and Kensie Gard become the Co-Chairs for the team, with India Wiltsher as the Secretary. As part of the Student Leadership Team, students explore different topics including leadership, Tikanga, communication, biodiversity and conservation. Students are also involved in the planning of local community and team events.
Another important part of the KGT programme is Tuakana Teina - older students helping younger students. Tauhara students are involved in tuakana-teina, helping the younger students learn about the environment.
In 2020 Kids Greening Taupō brought into effect a rolling model to see education providers roll through the core programme and into the graduate programme. Tauhara College became a Kids Greening Taupō Graduate school in 2020, after 5yrs as part of the core KGT programme. Despite being a graduate school, the Tauhara College STEAM class facilitated by James Lamb and Kris Watson was able to collaborate with KGT in plantation reserve for their predator-free unit.