Announcing our YRE winners!

We are proud to announce the winners in the Young Reporters For The Environment (YRE) programme, run in New Zealand.  Keep New Zealand Beautiful is the national operator for this internationally accredited competition which is run under the Foundation For Environmental Education banner (FEE).  This year KNZB evolved the programme to focus on the major issue of litter by partnering with Wrigley to adopt the YRE Litter Less Campaign.

Each of the winners will receive an invite to our Winners Workshop which is sponsored by The University Of Auckland.  At the Workshop, the students will have the opportunity to attend sessions run by experts in the journalism and environmental fields.   All First Place winners will be put forward for the international Young Reporters competition. To view all winning submissions, click here. To view the full press release, click here.

Expressions of interest are now being taken for the Young Reporters For The Environment programme in 2018.  If your school is interested in taking part, click here to find out more.

Thank you to Wrigley and University of Auckland for sponsoring Young Reporters For The Environment in 2017.


1st Place

“Dear Planet Earth”

Sophie Blackwell, Emma Thornton, Cam Collet

Kristin School


2nd Place

“How Much Money do we Really Spend on Rubbish?”

Tyla Kahukiwa-Larby & Troy Wharepapa

Ilminster Intermediate


3rd Place

“How Would You Feel if You were Living in Sewage?”

Grace McInnes

Kristin School

Honourable Mention

“Plastic – Hero or Villain?”

Stephanie Bird

Maeroa Intermediate


Article: 15–18 Years

1st Place

“Is it Easy to be Litter Free and Does Anyone Really Care?”

Anton Johnston and Jacob Watson-Jones

Kristin School

No 2nd or 3rd Placings awarded in this category.

Photograph: 11-14 Years

1st Place

“Trolley Full of Bush”

Shaniya Singh and Dashna Mani

Lincoln Heights School

2nd Place

“Scooter Stream”

Reallane Teagai

Lincoln Heights School


No 3rd Placing awarded in this category.


Film: 11-14 Years

1st Place

“Litter in Your Lunch”

Molly McKinstry, Tessa Marshall, and Romane Wesener

Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery

2nd Place

“Litter Less”

Nick Peterson, Ben Smith and Samuel Holmes

Nelson College

3rd Place

“Rubbish at Northcross”

Milli Jackson, Jessica Thompson and Eilidh Miller

Northcross Intermediate School


Honourable Mention (As a promotional YRE video)

“Da Flynsta ft. Da Suga B’s – Keep it clean”

Flynn Watson

Spotswood College

Film: 15-18 Years

1st Place

“Young reporters for the Environment 2017 – Rotorua Girls High School”

Dejah Motu

Rotorua Girls High School


Honourable Mention

“Young reporters for the Environment 2017 – Western Heights High School”

Jordyn Griffin and Arianna Newman

Western Heights High School

No 2nd or 3rd Placings awarded in this category.

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