MTFJ - Supporting Local Youth into Employment

13th Dec 2022

Emma Fissenden is excited to be started a career in the farming industry. At 16 she has been brought up on farms all her life. She has 2 dogs already with an interest also in Dog trialling. The Cadetship is 2years through a new programme called Growing Future Farmers. This is an on farm learning environment where she gets immersed in everyday farming. One day a week she is in the classroom with courses from chainsaw skills, wool classing and atv driving.

Emma says one extra bonus is she gets 2 new pups to train, 1 heading dog and 1 huntaway.

She’ll be located in Waiau and thanks the MTJF for assisting her in getting the clothing kit she needs.

Get in touch with Sean on 027 372 2248 for any MTFJ needs!

Our superstar volunteers!

8th Dec 2022

We held our volunteers lunch today at the Scout Hall! What a wonderful team of volunteers - thanks so much everyone for the mahi you do for our community - you are all superstars!

Computer Skills Course

7th Dec 2022

We have partnered with REAP Marlborough to run a women’s computer programme. Aimed at women who are wanting to upskill their computer skills, this course had the added bonus of the support of the New Life Church women's group; these lovely ladies hosted us at the New Life Church, where they put on a fabulous morning tea and offered their babysittinbg services for the morning. The course ran for 6 weeks, and had seven regular attendees. Thankyou to these ladies for coming along - you made it a brilliant time - and a massive thankyou also to Kaikōura New Life Church for supplying the venue and morning tea for this course! 

Pō Whakanuia

2nd Dec 2022

Yesterday was our Pō Whakanuia - Ākonga Graduation and Industry Training Graduation combined! The evening was put together with the support of Mayor's Taskforce for Jobs. Congratulations to all the graduates, and thankyou to everyone who attended!

Industry Training Graduation

There were five graduates in attendance who completed certificates in various fields to celebrate!

Natasja Hill completed Certificate 4 in Cookery.
Michael Waite, Holly Horsfall and Cherize Buekes all completed the New Zealand Certificate Cookery Level 4.
Sabina Aitken completed the New Zealand Certificate in Pest Operations with strands in Rural Pest Monitoring, and Urban Pest Contol.

Ākonga Graduation

Tēnā tātou katoa, he mihi nui ki a koutou e te hāpori o Kaikōura, he mihi harikoa o te wā kirihīmete. Kua tae te wā hei whakanuia i ngā ākonga e ako ana i raro i te maru o Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu. Ānei te pitopito kōrero mō tō tātou pō whakanuia.

Whaia te iti Kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei, this whakatauki is about perseverance and endurance; refusing to let obstacles get in your way while striving to reach your goals and it perfectly describes our Rangatahi who are studying through Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu.

On Thursday, December 1st, we celebrated and acknowledged our 12 Rangatahi who are studying through Te Kura. They each received a taonga to acknowledge their own unique and individual learning journeys. Each taonga was hand woven with harakeke from Takahanga Marae and represents the woven relationship between the student, Te Kura and Te Hā o Mātauranga. Learning comes with many challenges and these Rangatahi have definitely faced their fair share. We acknowledged all our learners for their determination, perseverance, resilience and the self-discipline that they have shown throughout the year. We also must highlight their hard work and dedication towards reaching their goals; they have been working towards NCEA Literacy and Numeracy Level 1 this year with some great results. Achievements come in many forms and there were many achievements to celebrate amongst the group with students achieving a range of accomplishments such as Literacy, Numeracy, NCEA Level 1 and some achieving NCEA Level 2.
“Mā te huruhuru, ka rere te manu”.

Jess Mill - Kaitautoko Ākonga

Lateral Youth Pool Party

2nd Dec 2022

Lateral Youth has finished up the year and celebrated with a pool party! Luck of the draw meant when they showed up they had the aquatic centre to themselves. The group had a great time hanging out at the pool playing water basketball and practicing shooting hoops! Lateral Youth is open to all high school aged students - yr7 and up - and runs every Friday night during the school year. Lateral Youth will be back up and running on the 10th Feb 2023 5pm-7pm at the Scout Hall.

Cycle Sense

1st Dec 2022

Cycle Sense from Waimakariri visited Kaikōura from the 28th November - 1st December. They delivered an on road safety programme to x75 year 5-6s from Kaikōura Primary School, Suburban School and St Joseph’s School. The programme included:

  • How to fit helmet correctly

  • Safety check bike and helmet

  • How to bike safely on the road with traffic

  • Perform left and right hand turns

  • Bike control

Student Volunteer Army have come to town!

1st Oct 2022

A massive shoutout and thank you to the Student Volunteer Army for their mahi in our Community Garden today - check out the before and after photos! It wasn't an easy job, lots of twitch and buttercup! So grateful for the help and looking forward to planting the corn in our koru garden.

Such a cool group of young people wanting to come and volunteer their time in another community - very impressed guys, thank you ~ Sarah.


28th Sep 2022

We've had a great time with YCD in Kaikōura - a huge thanks to the team that came up from Chch. There was kapahaka, a dance party, haircuts and DJ workshop - it was all amazing.

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