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Young Reporters



The 2019 Young Reporters for the Environment Programme (YRE) has completed for the year. We are taking expressions of interest from schools who would like to find out more about taking part in the YRE 2020. Entries will open in Term 1, 2020 and close in Term 3, 2020.

We have partnered again with Wrigley’s to offer the YRE Litter Less Programme to New Zealand schools.  This well-established and internationally recognised programme will be offering enthusiastic young people a chance to make their voices heard and to feel that they are being listened to.

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 which were adopted by world leaders in 2015.

Programme Summary

  • The programme is designed for students aged 11 – 18 years.
  • Students simply need to pick an environmental topic relating to litter, investigate it, and then report on it using one of three categories:  Writing, Photography and Film.
  • Students will then need to organise a ‘Community Action Day’ where they raise awareness of an environmental litter issue to the whole school and/or wider community. Schools will be invited to submit their Community Action Day 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.
  • We will provide all schools with lots of resources including: a classroom guide, handbooks and worksheets. (Check them out here).
  • Using these resources, you can then choose how best to incorporate this programme in your school and classroom curriculum.
  • You can choose to implement the programme in to selected classes, or you can run it throughout the whole school.
  • You can also choose if you would like to run as 1-2 lesson plan, or follow the full classroom guide and run for a term.

YRE Competition

To view the winning entries from the 2019 competition, please click here.

This programme is proudly brought to you by:



Thank you to our competition prize sponsors

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