Kaitiaki Leadership (L3)

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

Learning Objectives

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

You will leave this course with a bunch of new friends and on an adventure buzz! Check out our latest adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

Related Programmes

Other Programmes:

Interested in earning NCEA credits outside the classroom? We offer a range of fully funded Trades Academy Programmes during the school terms.

Further resources

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| Gear Lists | Go to our Downloads page to find a generic gear list

| Experiential Learning | Find out more about the philosophy that underpins our programmes

Key Components:

  • Adventure
  • Nature Connection
  • Environment

Open to:

16 - 18 year old's

NCEA Level:
15 credits at Level 3


9 days / 8 nights


Overnight expedition format


Local National Parks


$ZERO –  for Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough & West Coast participants
$2200* pp
 – for all other regions of NZ

Additional Costs If Required:
$50 pp – for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award admin fee
$50 pp – airport transfer fee



2021 Summer dates:
Tues 16th Nov – Wed 24th Nov

This course is fully funded for local students  (Nelson / Tasman / Marlborough / West Coast) in response to lockdown.
Transport is provided for all Trades Academy funded places.
*Students from out of region will need to pay the full cost
Please note: If a non-fee paying student withdraws within 7 days of programme start an admin fee of $200 will be charged. Limited to one funded place per person per year.

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*Cost includes all transport ex Nelson, food, equipment, tuition, adventures and fun!
Payment plans are available, please ask.
Airport pick up/drop off can be coordinated for those from out of the region.


  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • NCEA


Qualified Instructors

You're in safe hands. Our friendly & highly professional instructors are all industry qualified for a wide range of activities.


NZQA Qualified and NCEA Aligned

We are NZQA accredited, can offer NCEA Level 1-3 assessments and all programmes align with the NZ Curriculum key competencies.


Safety Accredited

We put safety first. We are a registered provider of Adventure Activities with Worksafe NZ, and are Safety audit certified with OutdoorsMark.

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