Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people around the world be a part of the solution to plastic pollution. From taking part in this, we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities. Will you be a part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single use plastics?

Join us and take the pledge at

Mount Aspiring College Team Green has pledged to…


  • Plastic Free July pledgeBuy from bulk bins
  • Take reusable bags for produce
  • Use beeswax wraps or reusable containers
  • Homemade baking 
  • Be aware of what we buy
  • Use eco friendly
  • Do homebaking  
  • BYO cups 
  • Opt for metal and glass rather that plastic
  • Use shampoo and conditioner bars to reduce waste
  • Take your own container when buying meat


The team will be attending Wastebusters and Plastic Free Wanaka’s Waste Free fair.

Held at the Lake Wanaka Centre, from 1pm – 4pm on Sunday July 14. Free entry 

From Term 3, the canteen will be offering a 50 cts discount when you bring your own cup. 

We have also been working on a drain project, unclogging the school drains. From the first drain we worked on we found 167 pieces of rubbish with things including wrappers, chewing gum, squashed cans, straws and even scissors. 

Hence the campaign to reduce packaging to start with… We can make a difference!

Recycling and Trees

Mount Aspiring College has participated in the Paper4Trees Scheme since 2008. Each year, we record the amount of paper and cardboard we recycle and earn trees from it. These trees are planted on the college ground in school-wide tree planting events.

In 2019, Wastebusters collected a total of 51 cardboard fadges and 97 wheelie bins full of paper. This earns us 28 trees. The previous year, we earnt 33 trees and we didn’t get them so we can now have 61 trees to plant. That’s enough to organise a school wide planting event with one tree per whanau (56).

A nice project for Team Green.


Join Team Green in 2020

Team Green is Mount Aspiring College Sustainability Club. 
Previous years, Team Green students have:
    •  established recycling in our school, 
    • installed solar panels, 
    • organised school-wide tree planting and climate marches, 
    • promoted Earth Hour, 
    • made MAC a fair-trade school 
    • and much more. 

Team Green Actions

MAC Team Green students have the opportunity to:
  • learn leadership skills and organise events, 
  • participate in conferences on the environment and field trips, 
  • meet politicians
  • and make a real difference for our school and the planet!
Open to all students, we meet every Thursdays lunchtime in the library.
We need many committed hands to help the planet continue to sustain us!
Join Team Green

Climate Action Posters Winners

Team Green students thank all the Year 7 and 8 participants to our poster competition. There are lots of really good things to do to help the planet and you know it!

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Here are the winners (it was hard to choose!)

Year 7 

Group poster: Aria Winter and Kiana Babbington

Individual poster: Pieta Craig

Spot Prize: Sam Beale, Ryan Coupe, Louie Hose and Hugh Ragg

Year 8

Group poster: Henry Bowering and Noah Vincenzi-Johnson

Individual Poster: Caspar Waddington

Spot Prize and best overall: Noa Hunter and Alexis-Sofia Harvey-Wills

Congratulations for your beautiful and thoughtful contributions. 

Team Green will use these posters to promote Climate Action throughout the college.

Climate Action Poster Competition

Team Green is organising a Climate Action poster competition for Year 7 and 8 students, in group or individually.

Each poster must:
1- show actual action that each of us can take for the climate
2- being beautiful and effective

We have put lots of examples of what each of us can do for the climate in the notices throughout the year.
To Win: 
– swimming pool vouchers,
ice-cream vouchers and
– fairtrade chocolate blocks
Deadline: Wednesday 13th November (bring your poster to the library)
Winners will be announced in Year Levels the following week.

ONE SUMMIT Re-Generation event

On Friday, 5 Team Green Students participated in the Re-Generation event.

We first went to Mount Iron and observed mosses and lichen, learnt about Mount Iron formation, traps and even got a chance to play with cute ferrets.

Thank you to KCC, Forest and Bird, Wanaka Backyard Trapping and Phoenix Kennels.

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Then we visited Bullock Creek and learn about fish, fresh water, the importance of wetland and how to protect water -by planting trees.

We finished the afternoon at Waterfall Creek. Details to come soon…

Thank you to ONE New Zealand, Kiwi Conversation Club, Forest and Bird, Wanaka Backyard Trapping,  Phoenix Kennels and Sustainable Coastlines.


ONE Summit Team Green events

On Wednesday, Ben, Lulu and Lena participated in the Sustainable Development Goals information and workshop morning.IMG_20191030_123233.jpg

We heard about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are and how they apply to Aotearoa. Here is a cool little video about them and there are plenty more on the Global Goals Youtube Channel.

The morning started with a presentation of the UN 17 Goals.

Then Sam Judd, co-founder of Sustainable Coastlines, talked about their action for water and land around New Zealand. He told a very compelling story about what he found in drains! p7177769-ret-1060x706

The No Waste Nomads, Liam and Hannah, discussed  how they live happily without generating any rubbish at all! And the many ways we can reduce the rubbish we create.

Then there were two workshops where we were asked to draw Wanaka as it would look like in 2050 when we will be following the 17 Sustainable Development goals. Lots of solar panels, buses, bikes and parks!

Then we were tasked to choose two goals and look for solutions to solve them both at the same time. This was difficult!  The goals we choose were Climate change (Goal 13)  and Life under water (Goal 14). Solutions included:

  • putting filters/meshes on the drains so that rubbish doesn’t go in lakes, rivers and oceans
  • Harvesting plastic from oceans – and do new things with the harvested plastic
  • Stopping to make and use plastic
  • recycling all plastics

The hardest was maybe to collaborate which is goal “17 PARTNERSHIP”!

We then wrote our pledge on the pledge banter which is: IMG_20191030_123505

So we have emailed Sam from Sustainable Coastline to ask for help to do that.

Overall a very interesting and inspiring morning.

Thank you ONE NEW ZEALAND for putting together this big event and inviting us. 1334587-1626-34

Successful Climate Action!

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400 people, young and old, joined the climate action march in Wanaka the last Friday of the term to show they care for the planet and future generations, to ask for strong action and to make a pledge they can do now. Success!

In New Zealand, it was estimated 170,000 people (mostly young people) have expressed their concern and demand meaningful and immediate action.

Well done!

See more footage on our facebook page!


Climate Action Friday 27th September from 3.15pm here in Wanaka

Next Friday, Team Green students will organise a convoy leaving college at 3.20pm to walk down to the community gathering at the Dinosaur Park.

Students, parents and siblings are invited to join us in front of the college after class.

The latest analysis shows that if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, which effectively mitigate climate change.

We are in a climate emergency. Next week, the United Nations leaders are meeting to act on climate change. Following the call of Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, young and older people are taking action all over the world to raise awareness and prompt urgent action for climate. Solutions exist, we simply need to make the decision to implement them now, at every level, individuals, organisations and businesses, local councils, governments and international institutions.

Team Green has created a Pledge Tree. Come to the library to write what you are doing NOW to make a change and we’ll carry it down to the Dinosaur Park on Friday 27th September.

You can also make a poster and bring it to the gathering.

We encourage you to write a letter to the local Council, the Prime Minister or the Ministers you choose. A template and a list of names and email addresses are available via your teachers.

As Greta says, “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference”! So take action now!