Connect to nature while developing your outdoor adventure skills in our local national parks on 3 x 3-day expeditions, learning about conservation & biodiversity management to protect these taonga.
This course is being offered free to local secondary students in response to lockdown. Enrol via this page or via your school’s Trades Coordinator. Limited places available. Thanks to funding from Top of the South & West Coast Trades Academies, Jobs for Nature, Whenua Iti Foundation and other Community Funds.
Participants have the opportunity of completing 15 Level 3 NCEA credits on this programme.
The Kaitiaki Leadership Programme will build your adventure skills and conservation knowledge, from both Western and te āo Māori perspectives, across 9 days of multi-activity expeditions. Activities can vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. Your programme could include a mixture of sea-kayaking, tramping, rock climbing or caving. There will also be the opportunity to contribute to existing conservation projects.
The course will provide you with skills in bush survival, navigation and cooking in the outdoors. You will explore the wilderness of Te Tau Ihu – Top of the South Island, a perfect platform to build up your outdoors expertise and understanding of kaitiakitanga principles in environmental management of these sites.
Please note, this timing of this programme is suited to students who don’t have many external NCEA assessments.
*Programmes will be offered at Level 2 (under current guidelines). If levels change to Level 3 or 4 at time of programme start a full refund will be given to fee paying students
Students will have the opportunity to achieve academic learning objectives that contribute to their National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) and develop crucial personal and social development skills.
Personal and Social Development Objectives:
Personal and social skills are transferable to any chosen career pathway and are considered essential skills by employers.
- Increasing willingness to learn
- Understanding and assuming personal responsibility
- Developing belief in self and increasing confidence
- Developing a positive attitude
- Recognising and developing potential
- Developing resilience skills (coping with challenge and change)
- Developing positive communication skills
Interested in earning NCEA credits outside the classroom? We offer a range of fully funded Trades Academy Programmes during the school terms.