Expo inspires students
More than 250 students, teachers, family and community members hit the road in the Far North, Kaipara and Whangarei recently to learn about environmentally sustainable local businesses at this year’s Enviroschools regional expo.
Regional councillor Penny Smart says expos have been held yearly for about a decade and always provide exciting, hands-on learning experiences for participants.
She says each tour featured visits to four local employers in each district.
While very diverse businesses, all shared a common passion for operating in a sustainable manner which benefited their local communities, both environmentally and socially.
Last week’s Far North tour included trips to Whanau Meats (a family-owned butcher shop and home kill processor), Mana Kai Honey (honey, beekeeping and pollination), Due North (handcrafted preserves) and Apatu Aqua (which catches and sells fresh and smoked fish).
Kaipara’s tour included Chapel Olive Oil, Organic Dairy Hub, Zephyr Oysters and Te Rata Family Farm.
The final tour, in the Whangarei district took in Maungatapere Berries, Tamco, The Good Eggs and The Goat Farm. There are more than 90 schools and kindergartens in the programme.
Joel Rikona, of Coopers Beach-based Apatu Aqua, shows freshly smoked mullet to Caolan Price and Jayden Schrafft during the Enviroschools Expo.