A Rocha Aotearoa NZ offers a range of educational programs and events for communities, churches and learning organisations across the country.
Our programs may include place-based environmental education, practical conservation and biblical & theological reflection. All our programs aim to inspire and equip people to care for all of creation.
We also have a range of resources – book chapters, magazine and journal articles, booklets, audio and video podcasts – to encourage and deepen a theology and practice of creation care.
Evidence that contemporary human consumption habits are unsustainable and that existing Western 'lifestyles' have a detrimental affect on ecosystems, thus negatively affecting the lives of our neighbours (both human and non-human), is overwhelming. However, rather than believing that nothing can change, Christians are to be agents of hope. We believe that Christian faith communities have the potential to offer a glimpse of what true “rich living” entails. A Rocha has partnered with Tear Fund NZ to create the Rich Living series - to assist faith communities to reflect upon how they live and offers practical steps to make sustainability integral to lives of faith.
A Rocha has partnered with Scripture Union and Adventure Specialties Trust to run wilderness expeditions where students will be challenged as they travel by foot, bike and raft/canoe, traversing some of the most spectacular and remote areas of Aotearoa New Zealand. Each trip focuses on faith and character formation, conservation, and leadership development. We expect these trips to play a significant role in the development of future Christian leaders who see creation-care as integral to their faith.
A Rocha has partnered with Laidlaw College to offer a course that examines the biblical and scientific narratives with regard to the interconnectedness within nature, and reflects upon the current ecological state of the planet. Engaging with biblical, historical and contemporary theologies of nature, the course then explores the Christian rationale for sustainability offering a framework for ecological ethics and practice consistent with caring for creation
Karioi Kids and Rangers are two after-school environmental education programs developed around the Karioi Maunga ki te Moana project. The program connects local kids to a range of habitats from the mountain to the sea - including; coastal forest, freshwater streams, marine rocky shore and inter-tidal marine ecosystems.
Programs for different age groups are run year round.
Raglan Area School, in partnership with A Rocha Aotearoa NZ and Papa Taiao Earthcare, piloted the Earthcare programme in 2017, which aims to develop NCEA students’ skills in sustainable and ecological actions and enable them to earn NCEA credits through hands-on practical conservation activities. In 2018 the programme ran for a full year and focused on land-based ecosystems around Karioi Maunga with an emphasis on sustainable action. Subjects include biodiversity restoration, project management, safety in the outdoors, team building and predator ecology. In 2019, our aim is to deliver a three-year program – with piloting a one-term Yr 11 program, and full-year Yr 12 and Yr 13 programs.