Community Impact Stories

While we know that the projects and programmes our team are involved in results in significant impact for our local community, it's through collaboration with our other community organisations and funders that we can achieve the greatest impact.

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Local Students Learn Environmental Sustainability

Our Environmental Sustainability students were instrumental to a local planting project in the Moutere Catchment. Students were involved in designing, planning, planting and sourcing seedlings that were grown in the Whenua Iti Community Nursery.

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Manaaki Tāpoi – the programme that changes lives

The Manaaki Tāpoi programme, our Māori tourism course, strengthens participants’ understanding of Māori culture and the interconnectedness of Te Ao Māori. The immersive and culturally responsive learning environment, empowers rangatahi to build confidence, communication skills and personal responsibility, positively impacting their vocational aspirations.

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Supporting staff to support LandSAR

LandSAR is a national volunteer organisation which provides land search and rescue assistance to the lost, missing and injured across New Zealand. With its natural philosophical and skills-based alignment to our outdoor activities, Whenua Iti Outdoors supports staff who volunteer for LandSAR. We interview instructor Rosey Joyce about why she volunteers for LandSAR.

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Fostering Futures Project

With support from Education Outdoors New Zealand (EONZ) and the Tuia ki Tawhiti | Collaborative Futures Fund established by Sport New Zealand | Ihi Aotearoa, we were able to deliver the Fostering Futures Project, which supported six trainee instructors in their pathway between education and employment. The focus was on developing safe, high-functioning, respectful and culturally aware new instructors to grow the active recreation sector.

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Disability & Inclusion Project

A partnership with Sport New Zealand | Ihi Aotearoa and the Halberg Foundation has helped us to remove barriers for disabled tamariki and rangatahi to experience outdoor recreation at Whenua Iti Outdoors.

Hearing that tamariki and rangatahi in our rohe (region) are missing out on experiences with us always sparks a desire to find a solution.

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Rangatahi Cadetships

To help create a pathway in further learning for graduates of the Manaaki Tāpoi Trades Programme, Whenua Iti established a number of cadetships for students to come under the wings of our kaiako and take a step forward into planning, leadership and facilitation on waka programmes with rangatahi. The feedback from our cadets was overwhelming positive and we hope to offer more opportunities like this in the future. Thanks to funding from RUIA for making these cadetships possible..

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Hāpaitia te ara tika pūmau ai te rangatiratanga mō ngā uri whakatipu

Foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations.

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