A group of 25 students from Year 9 and 10 will be learning about sustainable strategies on the trip organised in partnership with Whangarei’s Huanui College.
Teachers and Year 9 students from Huanui College visit Rarotonga every year in November for two weeks by invitation of Titikaveka College to study sustainable strategies for the environment. They typically visit lagoons, taro swamps, and the Rarotonga landfill with local experts to learn about strategies currently being used in the Cook Islands.
Titikaveka College principal Gaylyn Lockington says due to the high costs involved, it takes the college two years to fundraise between trips to NZ.
“This way all the students of Titikaveka College get an opportunity to travel, learn and experience,” she says.
Next month’s trip is the second for Titikaveka students and is part of their learning programme linked to the National Sustainable Development Plan (Te Kaveinga Nui). It consists of 16 development goals that focuses on the sustainability of the environment, culture, health, communication and the economy to name a few.
The students will tour Waikato University, Te Arawa Lakes Trust, Huka Falls on the Waikato River, Tongariro National Trout Centre, Central Plateau Lodge, Comvita honey factory and attend the Anzac Dawn service at Ohinemutu.
“Our goal is to expose our children from both countries to different cultures and broaden their horizon and understanding of the importance of sustainability,” says Lockington.
She will lead the trip along with four staff and four parents who will accompany the students.
The school has been fundraising since the end of last year and are still fundraising to cover costs including airfares, accommodation, transportation, activities and meals.
A photography workshop conducted by Tokerau Jim will also contribute to the fundraising efforts.
- Anneka Brown