People & Planet first

Each year we present our POET senior school student leaders with a leader T-shirt which helps identify them while they’re working on camp and is something they can take away and use throughout their school year and beyond. In the past we’ve provided standard,...

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Our People: Karen

Hi I'm Karen and work at POET managing the day to day operations.  I grew up in rural Waikato, the eldest of four children. My family weren’t overly strict, but there were certainly rules at home and being outside meant freedom. We would often pack food and leave home...

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Our Christmas Unwrapped

Here at POET, we like to get creative at Christmas time; to send something to those that have supported us throughout the year whilst also staying low-budget and eco-conscious. In previous years we’ve made Christmas decorations with homemade seed paper and cards...

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Choose to Go

Hey, Donald here! Recently, two friends, my partner and I decided we needed an adventure to refresh ourselves. We drew up a plan to mountain bike from Atiamuri to Ngaruawahia, following the Waikato River Trails, Te Awa River Ride and the odd road here and there. To...

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TREKing through the Waikato

We recently caught up with our bike sponsor Trek Bikes NZ to have a chat about mountain biking in the Waikato region and  get their take on where to ride. What do the Trek staff and customers rate as the top 3 mountain bike rides in the Waikato? Te Miro MTB Park –...

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Virtually Outdoors

Camping and exploring the outdoors have come a long way over the past few decades. Some of you may have childhood memories of putting up the tent using a complicated array of heavy metal poles that could quickly send any adult spiraling into madness. If you look back...

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