The Kawhia Moana Aotea Whenua Charitable Trust...

Present a long held vision to utilise the awesome natural environments of the Kawhia and Aotea harbours for the positive development of our kids and youth.

Spearheaded by a small group of dedicated locals and experienced outdoors people, over the last 4 years we have successfully undertaken over 400 (personally funded) pony treks, hikes, kayaking expeditions, plus dozens of overnight camping adventures for local kids & youth of the region.

The positive changes seen in these kids, and valuable experience gained, has inspired us to offer this camping adventure therapy to even those from urban and distant regions, and especially to those that may need grounding and earthing the most; in particular kids at risk...

To better offer this adventurous program, we greatly need to upgrade the existing basic infrastructure at our waterfront camping bases and acquire more appropriate equipment to access these remote parts of the harbours.

However, we are masters at "working with the clay at hand" and even though we lack many necessities on our remote wilderness camps, we still have a lot of fun and many positive benefits and skills are learned by all.

Purpose:

The purpose of our trust is to educate and train kids and rangatahi (youth), and in particular, ‘at risk’ rangatahi, in job skills, work ethics, self-esteem and self-confidence, by using the natural environment and culture, to develop respect, appreciation and pride for their hapori (community) and our natural environment, while using outdoor activities as metaphors to explore and improve attitudes, and live out their God-given potential through the challenge of adventure.

Activities that may be Available on Each Course:

Kayaking - confidence course - pony trekking - coastal exploring - abseiling - mountain biking - camping trips - survival courses - archery - self sustainable living - gardening - basic bee keeping - animal care - carpentry - hunting & trapping skills - flounder fishing by spear - diving and gathering kai moana - visiting sacred historical Maori sites - hangi cooking - setting nets - smoking fish - self defence classes - game playing, ie: touch, volleyball, etc, etc...

Ideal Positive Outcomes to be achieved:

More confidence in unfamiliar surroundings - higher self esteem - improved attitudes - awareness and appreciation for our natural world - improved team playing skills - increased fitness - earthing and grounding - strengthening family bonds - having fun - improved survival and self reliance skills - learning self awareness and how to take responsibility - learning how to set and achieve goals - managing depression, etc...

Priority Equipment Needed:

Custom built barge: that can transport our groups of kids, plus camping equipment, and or, up to 20 horses into the shallows of our remote waterfront camps in the Kawhia/Aotea/Raglan harbours, and the Mokau and Waikato Rivers...

6 x 5,000 litre water tanks: plus appropiate pumps & hoses to place at our 6 campsites...

Compost toilets: at each site...

Accommodation building: a well designed building to be built at our main camp in the Aotea harbour, that fits our eco, self sufficient concept, that can accommodate up to 50 persons, with a large functional kitchen and abolition block...

Other Equipment Needed: Mountain bikes - kayaks - abseiling equipment - camping gear...

Helpers wanted: From exercising a horse, cutting tracks, planting a garden, or helping out on a camp, voluntary helpers are always needed and appreciated.

Ideal Groups to benefit:

Individuals kids that need earthing and grounding - youth groups - environmental school groups - youth at risk

Come along for the adventure!...

We are totally committed to providing a high-quality experience that will allow your kid/group to grow physically, mentally and spiritually.

Please view the following video's of just some of our adventures...

 

Follow our adventures on Facebook or on our adventure website

Latest News:

For those not familiar with that awesome program "Hoiho" on Maori TV... It's a series about trekking through Aotearoa to uncover the unique relationship between Mäori and horse against a backdrop of spectacular New Zealand landscapes....Well anyway they joined us on an overnight trek on the 5th of January 2013 to our trekking camp in the Aotea harbour to film and put the spotlight on our vision to establish an outdoors education centre for kids to teach basic survival skills...This documentary can be viewed on this link:

http://www.maoritelevision.com/tv/shows/hoiho/S02E005/hoiho-series-2-episode-5

 

 


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