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Sustainability at Rangi


At Rangi, we believe sustainable schools are a great place to learn, where pupils develop self-esteem and reach high standards of achievement. In operating this way, schools demonstrate responsible practices for their young people and communities and engage them in learning about the issues and potential responses. For these reasons, Rangi Ruru is proud to be an Enviroschool, a Fairtrade School, a 2019 KNZB Sustainable Schools Award finalist and a finalist in the New Zealand Sustainable Business Network Awards. Individual students have also been awarded a range of sustainability awards and our girls mentor other schools on how to lead sustainable change.

In 2019, we established an Eco-Action Nursery growing native plants for the red zone, potted over 1000 native seedlings into bags and planted 800 natives at QE2 through our Eco-Action project in collaboration with Christ’s College and Shirley Boys’ High. We will meet our collective goal to plant 5000 native trees in the red zone in the next three years.

Our girls led initiatives including working closely with Women’s Refuge and Battered Women’s Trust to provide fruit and vegetable for two local safe houses in Merivale. A vegetable garden was established, and 31 pumpkins were grown and used to make baby food and soup. Other vegetables grown onsite and donated included courgettes, runner beans, apples, figs and feijoas. Clothes and books were also collected and delivered to Battered Women’s Trust for use in their emergency centre.

In 2018, our cumulative annual emissions were 567.99 tCO2e. The 2019 business year saw this drop to 338.41 tCO2e. Since 2016 we have reduced waste to landfill by 58%.

We pride ourselves in being a water only school and use compostable products where available in our dining room. We have also adopted ‘Meatless Monday’s’ in the school dining room during lunch time.

We were honoured to have Jane Goodall and her New Zealand Foundation spend time at Rangi in 2019. We hosted a Youth Environmental Leaders forum with representatives from across New Zealand at Rangi. We have formed relationships with tertiary institutions, NGO’s and business.

Manaaki whenua. Manaaki tangata. Haere whakamua.
Care for the land. Care for the people. Go forward.

Sustainability at Rangi Ruru

Our Sustainability Philosophy

The Sustainability Project has been established to manage the phased implementation of initiatives developed by a team of staff and students.

A sustainable school prepares young people for a lifetime of sustainable living, through its teaching, values and its day to day practices. It is guided by a commitment to care for:

  • Oneself (our health and well­being).
  • Each other (across cultures, distances and generations).
  • The environment (both locally and globally).

It is easy to imagine a community that shows respect for other people, cultures or the natural world if they possess an underlying sense of care. Care instils responsibility, and as a school we accept the responsibility to develop this within our community.

Rangi Ruru defines sustainability according to the NZ Curriculum which groups it into the following categories


Environmental sustainability is about maintaining the integrity of life support systems. This aspect incorporates the important notions of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Environmental sustainability is fundamental to a sustainable future.


Social sustainability is about equity within and between generations and within and between ethnic and social groups. It is inclusive of people’s mental and physical well­being and the cohesion of their communities based on a fair distribution of natural resources.


Cultural sustainability refers to the nourishment and sharing of attitudes and values that represent diverse ways of viewing the world. Cultural sustainability is inclusive of political sustainability, which is about all citizens having the opportunity to express their views freely and participate in decision making.


Economic sustainability means using resources to provide necessary and desirable products and services for the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.

Under the umbrella of this definition specific action plans could be created around the following areas. Action plans can be promoted within the school community via curriculum, student led interest groups, management and day to day operations of the school.


We like to supply healthy, local and sustainable food and drink. Showing strong commitments to the environment, social responsibility and animal welfare, as well as maximising our use of local suppliers and onsite production.


We endeavor to design for and operate with energy efficiency, using renewable energies and energy conservation strategies. Working to minimize water usage, such as rainwater harvesting, grey water recycling and water conservation techniques. Including sustainable landscape design and planting methods.


We will promote sustainable travel. Providing exemplary facilities for healthier, less polluting or less dangerous modes of transport. Aim to reduce vehicle use and promote carpooling networks within the school community.


We promote sustainable procurement and procedures, using goods and services of high environmental and ethical standards from local sources where practicable. Increasing value for money by reducing, reusing, repairing, recycling and composting as much as possible.


We would like the Rangi Ruru grounds to bring students closer to the natural world, capture their imaginations through the outdoors, and help them learn about sustainable living, environmentally friendly practices and biodiversity. Designing our buildings in ways that visibly demonstrate sustainable development to the wider school community.


We ensure social inclusion to enable all members of the school community to participate fully in school life while instilling a long ­lasting respect for human rights, freedoms, cultures and creative expression.


We encourage an interactive process of becoming aware of and practicing healthy choices to create a more successful and sustainable lifestyle. Promoting awareness of multiple aspects of wellness including emotional, physical, social, environmental, occupational, spiritual and intellectual.


We aim to create sustainable partnerships with the local community. Engaging collaboratively with people and organisations to improve the environment and quality of life.

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