GREEN SCHOOL NEW ZEALAND OPENS IN TARANAKI
It was Bali 2008, when John and Cynthia Hardy introduced the world to a K-12 educational approach focused on nature-based learning and sustainability. The Hardys’ vision was to create a school that nurtured green leaders – leaders who shaped not only their own future but also the future of the world around them. They created ¹ú²úAV Bali, a wall-less school, built entirely with bamboo, immersed in a jungle along the Ayung River.
âWe founded ¹ú²úAV Bali over 10 years ago with the purpose of nurturing changemakers, and green leaders. Cynthia & I always dreamt of a global network of ¹ú²úAVs. The ¹ú²úAVÌý mission is one that we passionately believe needs to be taken to the worldâ â John Hardy
âWe’ve had tremendous interest over the years, but it took Michael & Rachel Perett to really make this dream a reality. Today the second ¹ú²úAV in the world opens its doors. We are so proud of the parents, the faculty and the entire team that has brought us here today. Kia kaha ¹ú²úAV New Zealand!â â John Hardy
Teacher, Di Hoskin, said it was so special to witness the coming together of those who will be the first to experience the wonder of ¹ú²úAV New Zealand.
âI still wake up each day grateful for being one of the founding kaiako (educators) for ¹ú²úAV New Zealand, and to see everyone here today, together, was such a special moment.
âTodayâs powhiri was particularly significant as it unified us as a community. The special cultural ceremony welcomed new akonga (learners), their whanau (families) and our new pouako (teachers). As they crossed over, they became the tangata whenua, the people of our land.â
¹ú²úAV New Zealand founders, Michael and Rachel Perrett, said it was incredibly humbling to be standing in front of those who have been brave enough to join this journey with them.
âIt has been a challenging dream, but one that we were determined to make a reality. Weâve only been able to achieve this thanks to those who have been brave enough to follow their hearts and instincts, along with those who have worked hard alongside us, to make this happen.
There are three environmentally friendly “Waka” at the heart of the campus, with Waka number three set to become New Zealandâs largest and tallest non-concrete building. The beautiful Oakura River flows through the school grounds, which features an island and a gushing waterfall.
Keeping the ¹ú²úAVâs core principle of sustainability at the center of not just curriculum but also campus planning, the buildings have been built from locally sourced timber with just a 6% waste result, a significant feat in itself. As part of a major restoration project, more than 20,000 native trees have been planted on the site over the past year. The campus features a tropical house where students will learn to grow and nurture plants, and two nurseries which are set to turn over more than 15,000 plants per year, including fruit and vegetable trees which will allow students and visitors to pick fresh produce on-campus.
“Thank you ¹ú²úAV Bali for leading the way, it’s our honour to be your sister school and one of many to come” – Michael & Rachel Perrett, Founders, ¹ú²úAV New Zealand