Inner City Forest

Aspects of this have been the establishment and on going development and planting of an area of our grounds designated as an 'Inner City Forest'. This development assists with the reduction of the effects of car 'pollutants' and noise in our school grounds given our close proximity to the motorway and main arterial routes and therefore also contributing to the global attempt at reduction of the hole in the ozone layer as well as the survival and regeneration of indigenous species of plant, bird and insect life.

This project commenced in 1993 with a Whakatuwhera (blessing) and celebration by Kaumatua from both Ngati Whatua and Tainui iwi and was attended not only by the school and local community, but also by representatives of conservation and other organisations from throughout the country.

It is now in its 17th year of existence and regeneration is evident in the increasing number of self-seeding species and the return of the native birds tui, tiwaiwaka, kotare and kereru to our school grounds – right in the heart of Auckland Central (tui, fantail, kingfisher and wood pigeon).

Each child that has attended the school over the past two decades has planted a tree either individually, with friends, family and the wider community. There now stands a tribute to their contribution to sustaining the earth and our future.

In 2010 we received a grant from the Western Bays Community Board for over $2400 to continue with the planting programme and to diversify the species of tree found in our forest. With this generous support and the help of our whanau and friends we were able to purchase and plant a further 300 trees.

You can see some photos of the forest on our Gallery page.