Government fund deploys additional $ 2.5 million for school broadcasts


Forty-one schools across New Zealand will receive a share of $ 2.5 million for projects to reduce school emissions and save them money.

Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced the second round of the Sustainability Competition Fund.

The first round, announced in April, supported projects in 53 schools.

Hipkins said the funding will go to a range of initiatives.

“You see everything from solar panels to LED lights to water projects to make better use of water. Different needs in different regions, so schools in a small rural community will have different ideas of what a larger urban school might do.

Hipkins said the funding would go to initiatives such as installing new LED lighting systems, solar panels and more efficient heating systems, as seen in the first round of funding.

“Ladbrooks school in Halswell installed a new LED lighting system, new low flow taps, a heat pump system to replace the old electric hot water tanks and more efficient heat pumps to replace electric fans and heating panels with the fund.

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“At Randwick School in Lower Hutt, where 48 solar panels are being installed, it is estimated that this will save the school over $ 2,600 in the first year of their installation. We expect the school to save over $ 65,000 over 25 years.

He said he expected the projects to also help boost business confidence, providing work for local suppliers and contractors.

Schools benefiting from second-round funding:

Name of the school Zoned Funded project
Baverstock Oaks School Auckland – Howick Multiple projects
Bayswater School Auckland – Devonport-Takapuna Replacing the boiler
Beach Haven School Auckland – Kaipatiki Rainwater tanks
Carew Peel Forestry School Ashburton District Solar project
Duntroon School Waitaki District Solar project
Edendale School (Auckland) Auckland – Albert-Eden Replacing the boiler
Edgecumbe College Whakatāne District Replacing the boiler
Foxton Beach School Horowhenua District Replacing the boiler
Freyberg Community School Auckland – Henderson-Massey Replacing the boiler
Geraldine High School Timaru District LED replacement
Gisborne Boys’ High School Gisborne District LED replacement
Halcombe Primary School Manawatū District Solar project
Halfmoon Bay School Southland District Solar project
Hillside Elementary School Southland District Solar project
Kimbolton School Manawatū District Composting / recycling initiative
Matipo Road School Auckland – Henderson-Massey Multiple projects
Meadowbank School Auckland – Ōrākei LED replacement
Mercer School Waikato District Replacing the classroom fireplace
Motupipi School Tasman District Solar project
Ngātīmoti School Tasman District Solar project
Onewhero Area School Waikato District LED replacement
Oturu School Far North District Composting / recycling initiative
Ōwairaka District School Auckland – Albert-Eden Multiple projects
Peria School Far North District Solar project
Rai Valley Area School Marlborough District Solar project
Ruahine School Tararua District LED replacement
Sefton School Waimakariri District Solar project
Stratford Elementary School Stratford District Composting / recycling initiative
Tauranga Girls College City of Tauranga Composting / recycling initiative
TKK Motuhake o Tawhiuau Whakatāne District Replacing the boiler
TKKM o Tamaki Nui A Rua Tararua District Rainwater tanks
Tomarata School Auckland – Rodney Composting / recycling initiative
Waiau School Hurunui District Solar project
Waikino School Hauraki District Multiple projects
Waimate Main School Waimate District Solar project
Waituna Creek School Waimate District Solar project
Weedons School Selwyn District Solar project
Wesley Elementary School Auckland – Puketapapa Multiple projects
Intermediate Whakatāne Whakatāne District Multiple projects
Whangaruru School Whangārei District Solar project
Woodbury School Timaru District LED replacement
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