Our People: Karen

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...
Choose to Go

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...
Reaching New Heights

Reaching New Heights

Hey! My name is Troy Kendall, I am an eighteen-year-old student studying environmental management and renewable energy at the Southern Institute of Technology in Invercargill. I have always been extremely passionate about the outdoors doing activities such as...
Recharged & Ready

Recharged & Ready

Gemma here – I’m back! My six months refreshment leave has done the trick. I’m feeling re-energised and ready to go. It would be nice to think all of us could have six months off. The reality is for a lot of workplaces this isn’t possible so I want to...
Paddling Full Circle

Paddling Full Circle

There’s nothing we love more than hearing from past POET students; there’s a big wide world out there and often after leaving school, students disappear into it and we never really know how they get on. So of course, we were thrilled when Jonathan Renata Smith got in...
On the Big Screen

On the Big Screen

It goes without saying that we love the outdoors. In recent years, we’ve discovered that we also love watching movies about the outdoors and the amazing people embarking on inspirational (and sometimes terrifying) adventures that celebrate those few untouched, wild...

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