Inaugural winners of the TfS Kowhai School Awards

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Another stage in the continuing evolution of the Trees for Survival programme is a more comprehensive opportunity for schools, teachers and students to be recognised for their delivery of the TfSeducational and environmental goals.

This year the Kowhai School Awards, for schools achieving the necessary performance standards in their implementation of the programme for 2013, were added to the well-established Holyoake Award, presented to the school which best reflects the spirit of the TfS programme. In addition, for the first time the Accor TfS Teacher Award and the TfS Student were also announced.

Holyoake Award winner - Moturoa School students display plants grown for the North Taranaki Rapanuui Petrel colony revegetation project

Holyoake Award runner-up - very healthy plants grown by Owairoa School













Holyoake Award runner-up - Danielle and Lily of Verran Primary School ready for planting

Holyoake Award, highly commended, the enthusiastic team at Takanini School










Kowhai School status was achieved by Albany Primary School, Avondale College, Awhitu School, Mellon’s Bay School, Moturoa School (New Plymouth), Murray’s Bay School, Otahuhu College, Owairoa School, Pakuranga College, Papatoetoe High School, Point View School, Remuera Intermediate School, Takanini School, Verran Primary School and Waitakere Primary School.

The Holyoake Award was won by Taranaki’s Moturoa School with runners-up Owairoa School and Verran Primary SchoolTakanini School was Highly-Commended

The Accor TfS Teacher Award was won by Claire Blomgren, Douglas Park School, Masterton, and the TfS Student Award by Jazmin Pitchford, Huapai District School, Auckland.

Accor TfS Teacher Award winner Claire Blomgren, left, with Jackie Seta of Douglas Park School

TfS Student Award winner, Jazmin Pitchford, Huapai District School, North West of Auckland