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Keep New Zealand Beautiful For Kids

It is important that every Kiwi knows how to be a Tidy Kiwi. The things you love about being a kid in New Zealand – parks, beaches, safe places to learn and play – are precious. They need people like you to care for them.

Be sure to check out our 2021 School's Calendar to ensure you never miss a KNZB event, programme or competition!


The year 2018 marks our 51st year. As we embark on this next chapter, we remain committed to leadership in sustainability – this is anchored in our organisational values. We will continue to serve as a leader in the sector, be ambassadors for sustainability, drive continuous improvements in all its dimensions and actively engage in dialog with stakeholders on our strategy, decisions and actions.

To this end, we have reinvigorated our ‘Be a Tidy Kiwi’ brand of yesteryear, and in Term 3, 2018 we have launched the ‘Kiki Kiwi Litter Less Programme,’ which aims to educate children about the importance of putting their litter in the bin.

It is split in to three themes, six inquiry questions and delivered over 12 lessons as outlined below:

Theme 1: Defining litter

  • Inquiry question 1:   What is litter?
  • Inquiry question 2:   How and why do people litter?

Theme 2: Understanding litter

  • Inquiry question 3:   How does litter move, and where to?
  • Inquiry question 4:   How does litter break down?
  • Inquiry question 5:   What does litter look like in our school community?

Theme 3: Actioning

  • Inquiry question 6:   How do we create a litter-free school?

The programme has been created for teachers who teach students aged from 5 to 11-year olds.  We have aligned it to the New Zealand curriculum for each of the above year levels across the below subjects:

  • Health and PE- Healthy Communities and Environments
  • English-Ideas Language Features
  • Science – Living World
  • Science – Real World
  • Mathematics – Statistics
  • Mathematics - Geometry and Measurement

Check out the Kiki Kiwi Litter Less Programme now to review and download the free resources for your school!


The need to educate and inspire the next generation is at the heart of the Keep New Zealand Beautiful mission. Environmental initiatives in schools are key to helping make this happen, by starting conversations, engaging kids and building a sense of community.

KNZB offers resources for teaching our tamariki responsibility for and pride in their environment, whether it’s a local reserve or waterway, or their own corner of the city.

  1. Tidy Kiwi Cares About His Community Story 
  2. 2021 School's Calendar
  3. Young Reporters for the Environment programme resources


Every year, we run beautification and community pride inititiaves which schools up and down the country participate in.  For example our Wall Worthy mural competition in March, Arbor Week in June and KNZB Clean-Up Week In September.  These events provide a great focus for environmental education programmes and encourage a strong sense of community and pride among young people. They’re also a great platform to educate our children about the impact of litter and graffiti on our communities and offers an opportunity for classrooms to tackle litter and graffiti hotpots in your neighbourhood.

To get your school involved, sign up for free membership or keep an eye on our Facebook page. We’ll provide all the information and resources you need to run a fun, safe and successful event.


Graffiti can be a big problem in schools and other built environments. Resources are available to help tackle graffiti in your school’s area, including:

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