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Young Reporters for the Environment



The 2021 YRE Programme will focus on ‘Reducing Plastic Waste’.

We have partnered again with Mars Wrigley Foundation to offer the YRE Litter Less Programme to New Zealand schools, universities, and youth groups. This well-established and internationally recognised programme will be offering enthusiastic young people aged 11-25 years a chance to make their voices heard on environmental issues.

Registrations are open now and will close in Term 1 2021. The deadline for submissions to the YRE Litter Less competition is Thursday 5 August 2021.

Programme Goal
The goal of the YRE Litter Less is to reduce litter and affect long-term behaviour change among young people. It aims to empower young people to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video. Students are also asked to link their projects to one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Programme Summary

  • The programme is designed for students aged 11 – 25 years.
  • Students will simply pick an environmental topic relating to plastic litter and/or waste, investigate it, and then report on it using one of three categories: Writing, Photography and Film.
  • Registered schools will be invited to participate in an Enviro-Journalism student workshop via Zoom during Term 1.
  • Schools will plan an Environmental Campaign or Community Action Day where they share their ideas and projects to raise awareness of a plastic related environmental issue with the wider school and community (KNZB will provide schools with an environmental campaign kit to assist with this task).
  • Schools will be invited to submit their Community Action Day or Environmental Campaign plan to KNZB, with five schools being chosen to receive a grant of $500 each to help implement their event and/or improve the school’s environmental footprint.
  • Students are then invited to submit their assignments to the YRE competition for a chance to win fantastic electronic prizes and the opportunity to attend a ‘winners workshop’ and award ceremony. Competition deadline is Thursday 5 August 2021.
  • We will provide all schools with lots of resources including: a classroom guide, handbooks, worksheets and lessons plans.
    Using these resources, you can then choose how best to incorporate this programme in your school and classroom curriculum.

YRE Competition

To view the winning entries from the 2020 competition, please click here.

This programme is proudly brought to you by:



Thank you to our competition prize sponsors

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