Award applications now open

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Last year 16 schools earned Kowhai School status for 2014. Obtaining this recognition is a clear statement that these schools are implementing the Trees for Survival programme at the highest level.

Applications for 2015 are now being received online and you are encouraged to enter your school.

Obtaining a TfS Kowhai School Award recognises the achievement of the school and its community of teachers, students, supporting parents and sponsors as well as the landowner, all working together to restore our natural heritage. All TfS schools are encouraged to apply this year for their 2015 Kowhai School status.

The Kowhai was chosen as the award symbol because its green leaves represent environmental education and the gold flower indicates the achievement of excellence. The Kowhai also grows alongside streams and forest margins – areas frequently planted by participants in the TfS programme.

Successful applicants for a Kowhai School Award, in addition to obtaining formal recognition of their quality delivery of the TfS programme, will be eligible for the prestigious Holyoake Award which is presented to the top TfS school for the year.

Once your application is received it will be validated by a TfS Field Officer before being reviewed by the TfS Awards Panel. The panel’s assessments will be advised to schools and certificates presented before the end of Term 4, 2014. The winner/s of the highly-valued Holyoake Award will also be advised before the end of the year and the first Te Māra a Tāne of 2015 will feature a list of schools achieving the TfS Kowhai School status for that year.

The guidelines for completing your application can be found here – click on Preview Page

Click on the link to open the 2014 Kowhai School Award application form.

You can find out more on the TfS website ( or email the National Manager if you have any queries.

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