In 2017 the Taranaki Environmental Education Trust turned 25. In November the Trust's founders, partners, friends, staff and supporters came together to celebrate a quarter century of achievements in environmental education around Taranaki since 1992.
It was a great event and the team was delighted to have most of the Trust's founders and Trustees over time present at the celebration. Current Trustee, Dee Turner, presented an overview of the Trust’s work in the last 25 years, while our new General Manager, Kati Freeman, shared some of the current successes of the Trust and some exciting new initiatives in the pipeline.
"We take for granted that sustainability and environmental education are now mainstream concepts, but these leaders were well ahead of their time in the early 1990's," credits Boyd Benton, current Trust Chairman.
Read more about the 25th Anniversary Celebration and view some great photos from the evening.
With the celebration of the Trust’s 25th Anniversary, the team has made a decision to create a new trading name and visual identity for the Trust's work over the coming decades.
The ‘Taranaki Environmental Education Trust’ will very much continue as our registered charitable organisation and in formal documents. However, for public use, we feel ‘Sustainable Taranaki’ better represents the vision of Sustainable Taranaki communities we're working towards going forward.
“We shared logo options with our partners and supporters at our anniversary and we’re now very pleased to be launching our new name and logo publicly,” shares Boyd. “We look forward to continuing the great legacy of the Trust’s founders by working with more Taranaki individuals, businesses and community groups, so that together we can make Taranaki a more sustainable and resilient place.”
Given to the Trust by Taranaki Iwi Tumu Whakarito (CEO) Wharehoka Wano, 'Taranaki Tiaki Taiao' refers to active care for the environment we are all connected to - the land, sea, rivers, maunga, air and all in between, including plants and animals.
As part of the launch of their new name, Sustainable Taranaki are running a photo competition - encouraging people to enter a photo of themselves or their school or workplace taking action to make Taranaki more sustainable, or with their hands cupped around a part of the Taranaki environment you value. With two prize packs up for grabs, we look forward to seeing images shared from around the region!
Sustainable Taranaki continues to provide environmental education that helps move people from awareness to action. Current programs include the IMPACT youth action incubator, hands-on Sustainable Taranaki Workshops and the Taranaki Sustainable Backyards Trail, as well as support for community partners such as Seedsavers, Crop Swap, and Taranaki Timebank. Later in 2018 Sustainable Taranaki will also lead resource education programs and tours at the soon-to-be- constructed Community Reuse and Recycle Centre on Colson Road.
A wide range of environment-focused events and opportunities are featured in the Sustainable Taranaki monthly newsletter and events calendar, and shared on its Facebook and Instagram. “If you’d like to join a community of Taranaki people sharing ideas and support on how to be more sustainable, we encourage you to connect with us via our Sustainable Taranaki Facebook Page and the Sustainable Taranaki Community Facebook Group that we’ll be launching soon,” invites Sustainable Taranaki’s General Manager Kati Freeman.
Going forward, Sustainable Taranaki wants to provide more support to Taranaki businesses and organisations wanting to take environmental leadership, as well as for those who are curious but not sure where to start. “Sustainability is about better, healthier lives – better lives for our families and communities, our waterways, oceans, forests and land, and all families of the future,” explains Freeman. “It’s our job to show how that’s possible by making simple actions part of our day to day lives, both at home and at work.” The Sustainable Taranaki Team and Trustees look forward to an awesome year ahead and many exciting opportunities for furthering environmental education in the months to come.
To find out more, download our Media Release.