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Young Reporters for the Environment



The 2020 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 a chance to make their voices heard and to feel that they are being listened to. Registrations and entries have now closed for the YRE Litter Less competition and the winners will be announced in September 2020.

Student Registrations

Young people aged 11-25 may also register for the YRE Litter Less Programme and work independently on an entry for the national competition.

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 – 25 years.
  • Students simply need to 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. Students are able to enter submissions in multiple categories.
  • Schools will plan a media campaign to raise awareness to the wider community (KNZB will provide schools with a media kit).
  • Students will 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. Deadline is Friday 21 August 2020.
  • 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 2019 competition, please click here.

This programme is proudly brought to you by:



Thank you to our competition prize sponsors

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