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.

Check it out... MTFJ at it again!

15th Sep 2022

Ripeka Manawatu - employed at Kaikōura's famous Seafood BBQ and Moki Manawatu - employed at the equally famous Pier Hotel both have recently signed up with Service IQ to do cooking studies.

Both were presented with knife kits to support them in their employment by Mayor Craig Mackle thanks to the Mayors' Taskforce for Jobs!

Empower Te Rangapikikōtuku

29th Aug 2022

We had an awesome two days at the Empower Te Rangapikikōtuku thanks to Marlborough Chamber of Commerce and all the sponsors and contributors. Shout out to Ngati Gaming for the korero about tech hubs!

We were super impressed with our Kaikōura rangatahi and their tech skills - a couple even managed to win themselves a mobile phone!

It's also opened our eyes a bit to the many possibilities of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and the opportunities in gaming and creative design technology. We are keen to pull together anyone who is keen to jump on board with thinking about how we build opportunities for our rangatahi, (and the rest of us) in this tech space - there's so much happening and it's pretty exciting.

So if you have either tech skills, or are just interested, get in touch with us to talk more about how we can create a community tech hub.

Pizza and Politics

19th Jul 2022

We hosted a 'Pizza and Politics' night upstairs at the Lobby, for young people aged 18 - 24 (ish) to come grab some free pizza, enroll to vote, and learn a little about the upcoming local elections! Thanks to all the people who came - it was an awesome night! Congratulations to Josh - the prize winner of the evening - on winning $150 fuel vouchers! 

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