Meet Bruce

Co-founder of EERST (Chairman & Trustee 2000 - 2013)

Bruce Trask - MNZM

11393238 863286687096920 8950940975135185303 n-656 Bruce has been involved in Education since being a Beginning Teacher in 1965 at Bledisloe School in Taradale. After spending nearly 24 years teaching including three principals positions he left teaching to be the first CEO of Sport Bay of Plenty.
In 1993 his life changed direction again when he won a position to create a Zero Waste Education programme for the Tauranga City Council. This programme was first taught in June 1994 and still continues to be taught in over 480 schools in seventeen council areas throughout New Zealand. This programme has recently been translated into Te Reo.

The success of this programme lead to the establishment of EERST in 2000. Bruce was Chairman of the Trust from its inception through until 2013.

Bruce is well known in the community and in 2000 was awarded, along with partner Iris Thomas, the Round Table Community Award and in 2003 they both received the Tauranga City Council Community Spirit Award. Bruce was also the first Social Entrepreneur for Community Employment Group in New Zealand. In 2015, Bruce became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the environment and sport. 

Bruce continues to work towards making our environment a better place for his many mokopuna through his involvement in Zero Waste Education, Waste Education New Zealand Ltd., and EERST's Paper4trees and Water4schools programmes.

bullet Paper 4 Trees in action here

bullet Teacher Resources here


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