Arekatera Turia out walking

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Habitat Heroes encourages young people to explore a local natural environment and think about how they can make a difference. Competition is now closed.

2017 winners

Green heroes

Haumoana School, Hastings – students have developed a 'taking action' plan to bring back native birds to their school through tracking, trapping and planting.

Check out their Bring Back The Birds website for more news on the campaign.

Mangonui School, Northland – students with help from community group 'Friends of Rangikapiti' have been planting trees on their maunga. They are now planning to grow their own native trees from seeds collected on the maunga, these include karaka and kohekohe.

Find out more from their presentation - Taniwha Class and Rangikapiti Pa.

Kaingaroa School, Chatham Islands – students have restored their school yard into a bee haven and are growing food for them and the community to eat.

See Kaingaroa School's Habitat Heroes journey (PDF, 1,631K).

Local stream heroes

Ruawai College, Northland – Year 7 and 8 classes have undertaken a thorough investigation into the health of their local stream that leads to the Kaipara Harbour. Using the results from their study they took action for the stream by planting native trees in the riparian strip. Next the students want to continue monitoring their waterways and set up a nursery to provide plants for the community.

To see more of the hard work being completed by Ruawai College, the year 7 class have made this presentation: We Are Habitat Hero's and the year 8 class have made this website: Year 8 Enviro Project 2017

Koraunui School, Lower Hutt – students have been investigating their local stream and taking action by planting along its banks. They created their own paper mulch protectors for the native trees they planted. Koraunui School also ran a hugely successful bioblitz for their community, check out their website for all the information.

Check out this amazing video put together by Korounui School, Room 1213.

Rotorua Lakes High School, Rotorua – Two students from the school undertook a local stream study using a stream health monitoring and assessment kit (SHMAK). Using the data they collected, they have worked out a thorough 'taking action' plan to restore a local wetland for their community.

See the students in action in the video they made: Talking SHMAK.

2016 winners

Congratulations to our four winners who received $750 to contribute to their conservation action project.

Green and Marine Heroes

Tairua School, Coromandel Peninsula – students have developed action plans to help save native species in their area, such as Archey's frog, native gecko, fernbird/matata, New Zealand dotterel/ tūturiwhatu and native weta.
Tairua School's video entries on YouTube.

Green Heroes

Country Creche, Hamilton – the centre is working towards developing a native area in their grounds to attract native weta and birds.
Is our playground insect friendly?

Stream Heroes

Lynmore Primary School, Rotorua – students are taking action to restore Waitawa Stream.
Waitawa Stream restoration

Green Heroes

15th Invercargill Company Girls Brigade Juniors, Invercargill – the group conducted an investigation in their local green space and identified that it is not very healthy. They are planning to clean up the area.
Green space investigation

Teaching and learning resources

How to be a Habitat Hero poster.
How to be a Habitat Hero poster (PDF, 1,076K)

How to be a Habitat Hero poster

The How to be a Habitat Hero poster (PDF, 1,076K) is a suggested learning sequence based on the DOC inquiry cycle. This guides you through the competition.

Curriculum resources

Habitat Heroes curriculum resources will help guide teachers and group leaders.

The resources include various hands-on activity ideas to help understand and explore your local area.

Habitat Heroes discussion group

Use the Habitat Heroes discussion group on The Pond website to share your ideas for outdoor learning experiences and conservation action projects.


For more information contact the DOC Outreach and Education Team at

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