From “Totally Terrified”, to POET Leader

From “Totally Terrified”, to POET Leader

Let’s face it, school camp can be a pretty daunting experience for a wide eyed and nervous year 9 student. There are so many firsts on camp – their first time camping, staying out in nature, cooking meals, being away from family (and technology!), trying new...
Three local, nature-based, mini-adventures we love

Three local, nature-based, mini-adventures we love

Spring really is one of the most beautiful times of year to be out in nature. You can’t help but be blown away by the bright green colour palates of the forest, the new growth of the foliage, and the fresh Spring air.  Getting out in nature & exploring new places...
Carrying on through Covid

Carrying on through Covid

To support our work we run an annual fundraiser – the NZ Mountain Film Festival.  It’s a collection of the best short films from the Wanaka event and this year was our fifth time hosting the event in Hamilton. We were all set for the night of the 12th...
Maratoto

Maratoto

In the Maratoto Valley, just north of Paeroa is the location of a campground for two of our school camps and the site for this year’s POET base camp. In the middle of the valley lies the Maratoto Rock, a towering pinnacle which rises dramatically from the valley...
Back to school just more lockdown?

Back to school just more lockdown?

Written by  Gemma Periam With schools being back today, what type of learning will be valued and prioritised? Will it be just another form of lockdown for students in the hope of ‘catching up’ on what has been missed while learning at home? Will schools even consider...

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