2021 Conservation Awards Winners

2021 SoTM Conservation Winners Primary School AwardThree Guide Judges – Toni Ashford, Vicki Baas, Enid WatsonGeorge Willans, a Year 5 student at Summerland School, has a passion for the environment. His teacher Sonya Galbraith describes George as the following: soon after joining the school mammalian predator control programme he was implementing mammalian predator control in his own patch and beyond. It was obvious that George was on a mission-one of his own making. He is quietly ambitious about making a difference; one rat, mouse or stoat at a time. He is on his journey to becoming a remarkable ecologist. Through his enthusiasm, action and dedication to enacting positive steps for our environment he has become a role model for the younger students in the school team and adults around him. He has developed behaviours and a growing expertise that result in positive conservation outcomes. When we talk of an inspirational role model, we are talking about George. Eve Dale Y 2 student at Edendale Primary School is described by her teacher Fleur Tuck as an influential environment leader because she approaches all her environmental tasks with great spirit and initiative. She is an inspirational role model to others. She volunteered to go on What Now for a segment on how to reduce waste. Eve offered…


2022 Photo Competition

Tiritiri Matangi 2022 Photographic CompetitionIt is that time of year again when we are looking for entries to our photographic competition (and photos for our 2023 Calendar which raises over $10,000 for the Island).We have 5 categories –All photos must have been legally taken on Tiritiri (e.g. drone photos are not permitted) – Fauna Flora Landscape/Seascape People on Tiritiri Under 16 years Old You can enter 4 photographs in each category. Please email them as attachments to photocomp@tiritirimatangi.org.nz before April 30th. We will have an independent judge from the NZ Photographic Society and all photos must be able to be used for the promotion of Tiritiri Matangi. To help us enter your photos: Photos can be any size that can be attached to an email – 1 to 5MB is good. It’s OK to send several emails Photos should not be zipped It would  help us with our categorising if you would save  them with a name:AA CC XXXXXXXAA = your initials CC = category XXXXXX = Photo description (e.g. Tui, Hobbs Beach, kowhai)For example, if Jenny Smith took a photo of a bellbird: JS FA Bellbird Peter Topp had two kowhai flower photographs: PT FL Kowhai 1; PT FL Kowhai 2 Condition of entry The Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Inc (SoTM) acknowledges that photographers own the copyright in their images in…


2020 Conservation Awards Winners

2020 SoTM Conservation Winners Dylan Lewis Y7 from Mahurangi College, Warkworth, being presented with the 2020 Supporters of Tiritiri Inc & Fullers 360 Science Conservation Primary Schools Award by acting principal Christina Merrick and Board of Trustees member Dr Ihirangi Heke at the end of year December 2020 Y7 Assembly. Dylan was nominated by his Year 7 Homeroom teacher, Mrs Anne Taylor at Mahurangi College. She describes him as an inspiration to others with his thoughtful and pragmatic approach to protecting our environment.  After a visit to his school from Forest and Bird, Dylan decided to support his community by trapping rats, mustelads and possums in his local area. He began trapping at home in 2018 and then, after discussing with his neighbours, he began trapping in his local neighbourhood from October 2019. He has also volunteered in 2020 to be a part of the trapping team working in the Mahurangi College Bush restoration project. Dylan initiated trapping to save the dotterel population at Snells Beach and shared his story with the class and in his previous school of Warkworth Primary School.  He has been featured in the SOSSI News (Sandspit SOS). He has assisted Michelle Mackenzie with dotterel protection in Snells…