School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies

 School sustainability projects to help boost regional economies

Forty one schools from the Far North to Southland will receive funding for projects that will reduce schools’ emissions and save them money, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

This is the second round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund, and work will begin immediately. The first round announced in April supported projects at 53 schools.

Chris Hipkins said the Government is accelerating investment where projects can begin straight away to support local jobs.

“A total investment of around $2.5 million has been allocated to the successful schools in this round, for a total of $5 million across both rounds of the Fund,” Chris Hipkins said.

“These initiatives will reduce carbon emissions and costs for schools across the country.

“For example, at Ladbrooks School* in Halswell, has installed new LED Lighting system, new low-flow tap fittings, a heat pump system to replace old electric hot water cylinders, and more efficient heat pumps to replace electric fan and panel heaters with the Fund. 

“At Randwick School* in Lower Hutt where 48 solar panels are being installed, it’s estimated that it will save the school more than $2600 in the first year they’re installed. We expect the school to save more than $65,000 over 25 years. Another example is replacing coal with a wood chip or wood pellet boiler which will typically reduce carbon emissions by more than 95%.

“I’m really impressed to see the variety of projects being funded. As we saw in Round One, solar panels and boiler replacement projects are popular. But we’ve seen plenty of other innovations funded, including rainwater collection, water conservation initiatives, composting and recycling alternatives.

“It was great to see that one of New Zealand’s most isolated schools has been supported through the Fund. Halfmoon Bay School on Rakiura/Stewart Island are installing a series of solar panels and battery storage, which will reduce their dependence on diesel.

“I’d also expect these projects to help build business confidence by providing a pipeline of work for local suppliers and contractors, such as plumbers, gasfitters, electricians and builders,” Chris Hipkins said.

Media contact: Ranjani Ponnuchetty 027 575 0542

Note –

A list of the successful schools in Round Two, as well as information about their projects can be viewed below. Projects at 94 schools have been supported through the Fund across both rounds, and more information about the Fund and a list of schools is available here.

*Ladbrooks School in Halswell and Randwick School in Lower Hutt received funding from the first round of the Sustainability Contestable Fund.

School NameTerritorial AuthorityProject Funded
Baverstock Oaks SchoolAuckland – HowickMultiple Projects
Bayswater SchoolAuckland – Devonport-TakapunaBoiler Replacement
Beach Haven SchoolAuckland – KaipatikiRainwater Tanks
Carew Peel Forest SchoolAshburton DistrictSolar Project
Duntroon SchoolWaitaki DistrictSolar Project
Edendale School (Auckland)Auckland – Albert-EdenBoiler Replacement
Edgecumbe CollegeWhakatane DistrictBoiler Replacement
Foxton Beach SchoolHorowhenua DistrictBoiler Replacement
Freyberg Community SchoolAuckland – Henderson-MasseyBoiler Replacement
Geraldine High SchoolTimaru DistrictLED Replacement
Gisborne Boys’ High SchoolGisborne DistrictLED Replacement
Halcombe Primary SchoolManawatu DistrictSolar Project
Halfmoon Bay SchoolSouthland DistrictSolar Project
Hillside Primary SchoolSouthland DistrictSolar Project
Kimbolton SchoolManawatu DistrictComposting/Recycling Initiative
Matipo Road SchoolAuckland – Henderson-MasseyMultiple Projects
Meadowbank SchoolAuckland – OrakeiLED Replacement
Mercer SchoolWaikato DistrictClassroom Fireplace Replacement
Motupipi SchoolTasman DistrictSolar Project
Ngatimoti SchoolTasman DistrictSolar Project
Onewhero Area SchoolWaikato DistrictLED Replacement
Oturu SchoolFar North DistrictComposting/Recycling Initiative
Owairaka District SchoolAuckland – Albert-EdenMultiple Projects
Peria SchoolFar North DistrictSolar Project
Rai Valley Area SchoolMarlborough DistrictSolar Project
Ruahine SchoolTararua DistrictLED Replacement
Sefton SchoolWaimakariri DistrictSolar Project
Stratford Primary SchoolStratford DistrictComposting/Recycling Initiative
Tauranga Girls’ CollegeTauranga CityComposting/Recycling Initiative
TKK Motuhake o TawhiuauWhakatane DistrictBoiler Replacement
TKKM o Tamaki Nui A RuaTararua DistrictRainwater Tanks
Tomarata SchoolAuckland – RodneyComposting/Recycling Initiative
Waiau SchoolHurunui DistrictSolar Project
Waikino SchoolHauraki DistrictMultiple Projects
Waimate Main SchoolWaimate DistrictSolar Project
Waituna Creek SchoolWaimate DistrictSolar Project
Weedons SchoolSelwyn DistrictSolar Project
Wesley Primary SchoolAuckland – PuketapapaMultiple Projects
Whakatane IntermediateWhakatane DistrictMultiple Projects
Whangaruru SchoolWhangarei DistrictSolar Project
Woodbury SchoolTimaru DistrictLED Replacement

Ranjani Ponnuchetty |Press Secretary

Office of Hon Chris Hipkins

M: +64 27 575 0542 |DDI +6448178983


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