Community First

Community First

This week is Volunteer Week and just like last year, we wanted to share the stories of some of people we know who are giving back to their community by sharing their time, knowledge and skills. As a community organisation we believe in the importance of this week to...
Our People: Mike

Our People: Mike

I became aware of the work of POET during my time as a lecturer at the University of Waikato. As a teacher and researcher of outdoor education I was drawn to POET’s mission of making a difference in young people’s lives through place-responsive approaches to learning....
Play Outdoors

Play Outdoors

Hi, we’re Dan and Nicky from Playcreative. We’ve both grown up in nature, just slightly different forms of nature, due to our super active and adventurous families; Dan grew up riding mountain bike trails almost before he could walk, and Nicky grew up on and...
Our People: Emma

Our People: Emma

Hi I’m Emma and I am a POET board member. I was born and raised in the UK, spending most of my time in east Lincolnshire. I was very fortunate to learn how to ride horses when I was 4 years old and looked after my own pony by the time I was 5. This took a huge...
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...

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