Welcome to our Annual Report

A word from our Chair

Marlene Julian

As the wider world, and our youth especially, becomes more and more focused on the screens in front of their faces, POET continues to work to get our young people out and about, engaging with their local environments.

“There is a growing body

of research showing the 

physiological, psychological and

social benefits of connecting

with the great outdoors. 

POET plays a critical role 

in supporting schools to

create experiences safely.”

Rob Hamill POET Board member

Partner Schools


School Camps


Our Favourite Stories

For us, social media and the world wide web are like the modern-day campfire; a chance to connect, to get to know each other, share stories and lessons learnt.



to engage

and empower 

young people



Te Kauwhata College

Blair Campbell – teacher

Going into camp our Year 10 cohort was extremely disjointed. We spend a good deal of time on the first day and throughout the camp developing individual and groups skills needed to develop an effective group. The groups excelled in the activities, especially on the tramp and overnight camp. During the camp the groups had to rely on each other to cook their own meals. This was a really rewarding experience according to feedback from the students. At the end of camp all of the groups performed extremely well in the amazing race. We had four groups break the record of the fastest and highest points.

Ngaruawahia High School

Tarena Ranui – teacher

“Our goal was that our students would learn to walk their local land and grow an appreciation for their environment. Over three days we had 120 Junior students walk the length of the Hakarimata Track ranging from 5 hours through to 9 hours. For some students this track pushed them to their physical and mental limits. We had a group of staff and senior students who we named the ‘24km club’ that walked the track three days in a row.”   

We work with 

People We Work With

We’ve made a conscious effort to align our values when choosing the businesses we work with. We’ve met some great people along the way!

Our Partner Schools

We worked with 9 partner schools in 2017. In 2018 Waihi College will manage their own programmes enabling us to work with 2 additional schools.

“I found that being outdoors

helped take away the stress

of school life as well as give

me time to admire things

that can’t be found on

social media or any device”

Melville High School student 2017


We’re a mixed bunch

but we’re all in the waka together

To the right are few short stories that will give a little more personal insight into some of our people

If you’re keen to see what we all look like and know a bit more about the whole team, click on the arrow below


Hi I’m Karen and work at POET managing the day to day operations…

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Gemma here – I’m back! My six months refreshment leave has done the trick…

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Hi I’m Emma and I am a POET board member…

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“Students at all levels but

particularly Years 9, 10 and 13

have reported the development

of a sense of family and a sense

community amongst our student

body….this being a direct linkage”

with the POET programme.”

Ian Ferguson Principal Forest View High School Tokoroa

Our Financials

Our story in numbers

In 2017 – both strategically and operationally. Funding makes

us function, so believe it’s really important to spend it wisely.

Click here for the consolidated accounts

  • Our annual running costs 12%
  • Average number of Year 9’s attending camps 89%
  • Teacher facilitated camps 100%

“Their staff are outstanding with

excellent specialist knowledge

that has allowed the development

of camps that are designed to

offer leadership, team building

and outdoor experience.”

Doug Black Principal Paeroa College

Supporting us through the years

Its important to reflect on and acknowledge the massive contribution that sponsors, funders and supporters make to our organisation.

We all recognise the importance of enabling our young people to access the outdoors and all that it brings.  While our annual report highlights our 2017 support, 2018 already see’s further new partnerships developing with Pak’nSave Mill Street and First Credit Union.

See below for all of our valued sponsor’s logos.

Thanks for your wonderful support over the years.  

Lion Foundation

Gaming Trust

Gregg, you and your team have been with us from the beginning – literally 10,000’s of nights camping in your tents!!

Kiwi Camping

In-kind supporter

Thanks for coming on board in 2017 !

Hamilton Orthodontics


Our Partners

Aligining our values to choosing the businesses we work with.

“I am a strong believer that

there is much more to learn

from the world than what

you read in a text book”

Emma Burke POET Board member

New Zealand


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