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Vote on Monday 19 July: www.unpackit.org.nz

Your students could win $1000 for your school with the Weedbusters Two-Minute Film Challenge for Year 1-8 students. Get creative, learn heaps, and help save the environment! What’s the challenge about? Students create a short clip (up to two minutes long) that tells a story about ornamental garden plants that have ‘jumped the fence’ and are now causing environmental damage in natural areas of New Zealand.

It could be a video clip or a narrated powerpoint. It could use still photography, or stop motion animation or cartoons. It could be a play, a documentary or even a song or rap. The possibilities are endless. You might even be able to get Woody Weed, the Weedbusters mascot, to play a part in your final clip!

Your ‘mini-masterpieces’ need to be in by 1 October 2013. For more information, go to
http://www.weedbusters.org.nz/weedbusters_in_schools/2minute_film_challenge.asp

Each year, Project Crimson and the Mazda Foundation provide grants towards a native plant garden for four schools in NZ. So get your best gardening creative minds together and let them know in 200 words (or less) why you think they should transform an area of your school into a Treemendous outdoor area to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Application entries for stage 1 close 22 May 2013. Entry forms can be found at http://www.mazdafoundation.org.nz/treemendous.html#/treemendous.

The Mazda Foundation also provides grants to individuals, schools and communities for a variety of projects including conservation, education and culture. Check it out at http://www.mazdafoundation.org.nz/index.html#/grantGuidelines.

The 2013 Unpackit Packaging Awards for the Best and Worst Packaging in NZ are the people’s choice packaging awards. During the voting phase of the awards, the Unpackit team will be running a competition for schools to win cash prizes.  The winner will be the school with the most support from Unpackit voters. Each voter can support one registered school or community group.

The top prize for the most supporter votes is $1,500, second place is $750 and $350 for third.  Voting for the Unpackit Awards and Cash4Schools competition opens 19 July, closes 8 November 2013.

Schools can register now by emailing email@unpackit.org.nz.  You must be a staff or board of trustees member to register your school. To support schools, Unpackit can provide voting resources for classrooms, newsletter text and educational materials about packaging free lunches and the Unpackit Awards. http://www.unpackit.org.nz/at-school/.

The 2013 Unpackit Packaging Awards for the Best and Worst Packaging in NZ are the people’s choice packaging awards. The Unpackit Best Packaging Awards reward and acknowledge producers whose packaging best gets the product to the consumer and has the least harmful impact on the environment.

The Unpackit Worst Packaging Awards also identify and publicise examples of bad packaging. Have you seen a piece of ridiculous packaging which is going to end up in the rubbish? Nominate it for the Worst Packaging Award. Or you can reward a company that’s using smart packaging by nominating it for the Best Packaging Award.

Last year, more than 10,000 votes decided the winners.

Nominations close on Friday 5 July and voting begins on Monday 22 July.  http://www.unpackit.org.nz

The Dunedin Biodiversity Fund has opened its September applications. The Fund is designed to maintain a network of viable habitats and ecosystems by encouraging and supporting landowners who are committed to protecting, enhancing and managing indigenous biodiversity.

There is a total of $30,000 available in the form of grants on a 50:50 cost-sharing basis, between the landowner/applicant and the DCC. The maximum grant is $5,000 per project.

Past projects have included pest and weed control, fencing, restoration planting, track development, signage and the monitoring of species.

Applications, which will be considered by the Biodiversity Fund Subcommittee, close at 5pm on Monday 1 October. Contact the DCC on 477 4000.

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