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Grant to support recycling and tree planting in schools

Waste paper to be turned into trees

Published: 15 October 2018

Youngsters will soon be able to bask in the shade of native trees courtesy of a grant from the Waitematā Local Board.

A project which encourages students to recycle paper and cardboard, rewarding their efforts with tree planting, was awarded money in the latest round of local board grants.

Recycling bins are being provided to schools as part of the Paper4trees waste minimisation and tree-planting programme.

When the 30-litre bins are full they go in the kerbside recycling or to the local recycling centre, and Paper4trees rewards each school with a native tree for every two cubic metres of recycling.

The trees come from 40 different native nurseries around the country to ensure they are locally-sourced.

Board member Denise Roche says it’s great that the youngsters at the schools get to make a connection between their own actions and reducing waste.

"These young people will learn from an early age that recycling is the right thing to do and that their own actions do make a difference."

The grant was just one award of almost $40,000 worth of local board funding that included:

  • Pressure Points Collective, $1000 towards a performance of Violent Bloom at Basement Theatre
  • Auckland Performing Arts Centre at Western Springs, $2000 for a video camera
  • Lightbox Projects, $4000 towards the Walking in Trees event
  • Auckland Fringe Trust, $5000 towards the Auckland Fringe Festival 2019
  • Parnell Community Committee, $1000 towards initiatives in the Parnell Plan
  • Youthline, $1500 towards the salary of a helpline co-ordinator
  • People of Auckland Communtiy Trust, $1800 for food for a weekly free community lunch for those in need
  • Kids Safe With Dogs, $2000 for instructor wages and booklets for Waitematā schools
  • Fashion Museum Trust, $2000 towards brochures for fashion history walks
  • Campus Radio bFm, $3000 towards the costs to upgrade news bulletin software
  • Lifewise Trust, $5000 Towards Merge Café manager's salary
  • For the Love of Bees, $2000 for resources to set up of an organic market garden
  • Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust, $2000 for native trees and recycling bins for Waitematā schools and preschools in the Paper4trees programme
  • Clare Ulenberg C R Trustees, $2000 towards a Suffrage at the Silo event
  • Uptown Business Association, $3000 for Bands in Basque musical performance events
  • Grey Lynn 2030 Transition Community Trust, $1600 towards 10 years Grey Lynn 2030, a historic photo book and a launch event.

The board also approved $13,000 in multi-board grants, where applicants apply to more than one board:

  • Auckland Deaf Society, $500, Christmas Whanau and Community Carnival costs for a sign language interpreter, circus-themed performers and visual entertainment
  • Chinese New Settlers Services Trust, $1000 for Children and Young People's Speech Contest costs
  • Auckland Indian Sports Club, $1000 towards annual hockey turf hire fees
  • Body Positive Incorporated, $1500 for Puāwai Festival for World AIDS Week
  • Foundation of the Blind, $3000 for digital talking books
  • StarJam Charitable Trust, $3000 towards the costs to run StarJam music workshops
  • Bike Auckland, $3000 to help run the Bike Burb programme.