Environmental Education

How We Teach

EcoSolutions uses a variety of methods to instill in students a love for the environment and an awareness of how they can protect it.

The purpose of our school based education is to empower students to be actively involved in developing a sustainable future for New Zealand.

We create learning situations selecting from the teaching strategies of: 
· Investigation: e.g. around school waste issues, packaging in lunchboxes
· Inquiry: e.g. data collection of litter on or near school grounds
· Knowledge building: e.g. demonstrations, visits to resource recovery centres
· Interactive learning: e.g. school garden, compost building, worm farms  following inquiry and investigative work.

Book your lesson with us today!

 Simply pick the lesson you would like for your class and find a time that suits both you and your educator. We are working on a booking sheet for each educator.

In the meantime, if your rohe does not have a link to an online booking system,  ring or email the educator in your rohe to book your lessons.

Far North:

Manager Jo: email Jo@cbec.co.nz 

Kaitaia and surrounds:

Merryn: 0278222882 or email Merryn@cbec.co.nz

Doubtless Bay and surrounds:

Sharee 021464221. or email sharee@cbec.co.nz

Mid north

Anouk: 0272545462; or email anouk@cbec.co.nz

Para Kore (Te Ao Maori Zero Waste) ring Cynthia: 0272563279 or email cynthia@parakore.maori.nz


Schools: Book lessons here

Early Childcare Centre's/kindergartens:  Book lessons here


Email: steph@sustainablekaipara.org


Check out the Term two Whangarei newsletter here!!


 With the support of the Far North and the Whangarei District Councils, EcoSolutions is able to provide free environmental education to schools and ECE's in these districts.



KnowWaste is about raising awareness of the issues surrounding waste by inspiring and supporting students and schools to take action in reducing waste. Contact one of our awesome educators for more information.
Cezanne Hamilton
027 257 4674
 Upper Far North
Sharee Crawley
021 464 221
Mid Far North
Anouk van Donzel
027 254 5462 


Lessons include:

 School Support includes:

  • Helping schools run zero waste event
  • Waste Audits
  • Introducing school wide recycling and waste minimisation systems 
  • Setting up composts and worm-farms
  • Setting up the Paper 4 Trees programme

The first step is to know where you are at! Book a Waste Evaluation with one of our educators, or carry our your own class or kura waste evaluation.

There is a short video showing you how to run a simple waste evaluation: 


Click in the link to answer the 5 minute waste snapshot.

Waste Evaulation

 Know Water navigates students along the journey water takes through our environment and shows how we can conserve it. This programme is only available to schools in the Whangarei District. It includes site visits to the waste water treatment plant and wetlands.  

To conduct your own household water audit​ click here.





Far North District:  Jo Shanks | Mb:  022 639 3154 | E: Jo@cbec.co.nz 
Mid North District:  Anouk Van Donzel | Mb:  027 254 5462 | E: Anouk@cbec.co.nz
Whāngarei District:  Cézanne Hamilton | Mb: 0272574674 | E: Cezanne@cbec.co.nz
Whāngarei District: Jane Reed |Mb: 0272306408 | EJane@cbec.co.nz
Whāngarei District: Brontë Hamilton | Mb: 02102525212 | EBronte@cbec.co.nz

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Thank you Anouk for your presentation to the Bay of Islands/Pewhairangi DOC staff yesterday. The meeting was well-attended and generated wide-ranging discussions that were stimulated by your depth of knowledge about and passion for the topic. The practical wax wrap session at the end really engaged staff that ordinarily are not that interested in the topic. We are looking forward to the next session. 
Bay of Islands/Pewhairangi DOC

We are a small team in a very small office and yet we were not doing so well on the recycling front. Eco Solutions helped us to see where we needed improvement and helped us to get all our systems in place. We were super pleased to get our first award! We can now show it off with pride and are pleased to be seen to be doing the right thing.
Hannah, Alzheimers Northland Mid North Office

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