Our programmes and resources have been developed by a team of educators to support the New Zealand curriculum. 


Air is all around us, we need it to live, and when it becomes polluted it affects everyone.

Wintertime air quality in Canterbury’s towns and cities is poor at times.  80-90 % of the pollution comes from home heating. The problem is made worse by Canterbury’s geography and frosty, calm winter climate, which create temperature inversions – a layer of warm air traps the smog underneath. The way to improve air quality in Canterbury towns is to move towards cleaner methods of keeping our homes warm.

We have one teaching resource on the subject of air quality; a facilitated classroom programme for Years 7-10.

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We have a range of teaching resources about coasts. Click the the links below for lesson plans, activities and information.  
We also have an interactive Coastal Wetlands Quiz where you can find out about Canterbury's unique wetlands, the animals and plants that make wetlands their home, and how wetlands purify water and help reduce flooding.

We also coordinate Seaweek activities across Canterbury. Events for 2017 will be listed on the Seaweek website.

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Natural Hazards 
In Canterbury we face a number of potential natural hazards.
In the past we've experienced extreme weather events such as floods, storms, drought, landslides and seismic events like earthquakes and tsunamis.
These will occur again but we can lessen the chance of being hurt or devastated when the next “big one” comes along by being prepared. Our resources offer information and suggestions you could use in your classroom.
Transport and energy 

Statistics NZ estimates that 19.1 percent of households in Canterbury have access to three or more motor vehicles, compared with 16.1 percent of all households in New Zealand.

Motor vehicles have a huge effect on the environment, such as encroachment of roads/motorways on land, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and contamination of waterways through oil and fuel leaks.

But, we do need to get from A to B. So how can we do so in a more sustainable way? Catching a bus, walking and biking are all excellent alternative transport options that have fewer negative effects on the environment.

Learn more about transport in Canterbury.
Biodiversity and pests 
Aotearoa is a special place. We have a huge number of species of plants and animals which can only be found here.
If any of these species becomes extinct, they will be lost forever from New Zealand and the world. Learn more about what Environment Canterbury does to sustain our biodiversity.
We also offer a facilitated programme called 'What a pest', which aims to engage students with the environmental, social, and economic issues of pest management.
Water is perhaps the number one natural resource issue in Canterbury. Whether we’re talking quality or quantity, the demand for Canterbury’s water is extremely high. Learn more about what we do to manage water here.


Further resources:
  • We offer a facilitated programme called Waitaha Wai. This programme has been designed to educate young people and their communities about the importance of water and waterways in their environment and how to maintain them for future generations.
  • For detailed analysis and commentary on the Canterbury Water Management Strategy, five years on, watch the presentations captured here. 

Our towns and cities couldn’t survive without a good stormwater system.  This is different to wastewater, which goes down drains from inside our house after we do our washing, flush the toilet or have a bath.

Stormwater runs through a separate piped system from wastewater, so most stormwater isn’t treated before going into our rivers, estuaries and out to the sea.

Our free stormwater education programme is aimed at year 7/8 students and delves into the big issues - where the water comes from, where it goes, why it is contaminated, and what effect this has on the quality of surface waterways.

It also describes actions that schools, individuals and communities can take to improve urban stormwater quality and protect unique stream environments that make up our towns. Stormwater is inextricably linked to how we manage waste.

General resources
For more information and support on how the work at Environment Canterbury connects across the NZ Curriculum contact the education team.