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E-waste warriors

TONUI Collab students taking part in after-school workshops have been on a mission to spread the message about the impact of electronic waste (e-waste) on the environment.

E-waste describes discarded electrical or electronic devices.

The students have been coming together once a week to explore new ways of making use of old materials in new and innovative ways — from cardboard marble runs to bottle rockets constructed from a range of discarded material.

The after-school workshops were also an opportunity for the students to learn safe tool practices, be introduced to engineering concepts, and work together to collaboratively problem- solve challenges during the workshops.

Over the last two workshops the children have collaboratively created an artistic ‘call to action’. The less waste signage was created by repurposing old technology destined for landfill.

E-waste is one of the fastest growing sources of waste globally and is having a negative impact on the environment and health.

The children use tools like wire cutters, wire strippers and screwdrivers to disassemble and reuse e-waste.

TONUI Collab edtech innovator Emily Walpole said creating art from e-waste was an ideal way to upcycle and challenges creators to think about sustainability on a local level.

TONUI Collab is generously supported by the Eastland Community Trust and runs workshops throughout the school term and school holidays for children in Gisborne.


GETTING CREATIVE WITH E-WASTE: Neiva Keir, Livie Bitten-Court and Amelia Stewart give their imaginations a workout repurposing discarded material. Picture by Paul Rickard
Tonui Collab Workshop - Sam Lloyd, Benicio MacHugh
Tonui Collab Workshop - Joseph Stewart, Connor O'Reilly