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 August; our...

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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...

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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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Staying In & Getting Out

Staying In & Getting Out

Our Chair, Marlene Julian has written from her bubble to let us know how she is getting her daily dose of the outdoors during the New Zealand Covid-19 Alert Level 4: From my bubble to yours….what a glorious autumn day it is...

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Making Bush Soap

Making Bush Soap

With hand sanitiser having long disappeared from our supermarket shelves, our Programme Coordinator Brian has been using his time at home to experiment with making bush soap and shared the process with us: Step 1 – Make a fire to create charcoal (charcoal and water...

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Term 1 Wrap Up

Term 1 Wrap Up

Our Programme Coordinator, Donald is on the blog today to fill us in on all the happenings during the first term of 2020... Term 1 is always a whirlwind of an experience. But this year the winds had some extra umph! In our first week alone, we had five schools running...

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