Kare Toa - an update

29th Nov 2021

On the 17th the Kare Toa group were invited to Kaikōura Auto Centre where they were shown how to change a tire and then got to give it a go themselves. 

They were shown around a car and learnt the basic in and outs of vehicle maintenance and what to look out for with the dangers and what might go wrong if you're not paying attention.

The group also got to listen to the career stories of the workers and how they got into being mechanics, from being dairy farmers and cafe workers to being apprentices working towards their dreams. 

Thank you to the team at Kaikōura Auto Centre - Ethan, Brad and Courtney - for sharing your workspace and time with us, it was a great experience and now the group feel that they would know what to do if they ever get a flatty.


On the 24th the Kare Toa group got the awesome opportunity to go sea kayaking with Kaikōura Kayaks as a collaboration with Wenbo from Sport Tasman. This is part of Sport Tasman's Mahia te Mahi project which engages young people with their local communities through looking after the environment and being rewarded with outdoor activities. 

The group had an amazing time getting all kitted out and then out paddling on the water around South Bay. The wind was a bit of a pain but with great teamwork (two people in each kayak) the paddling was shared and the arm muscles were put to work. We got to learn about our amazing wildlife and learnt some very interesting facts about seals, did you know that they are nocturnal? 

A huge shout out to Wenbo and the team from Kaikōura Kayaks - Emma, Griff and Miles - for making this opportunity happen - another experience ticked off the to do list for the group.

Coming up on the 1st of December we will be doing a beach clean up down at South Bay to give back to our community as part of the Mahia te Mahi programme.

Te Kura Update!

10th Nov 2021

Our Te Kura group have been busy getting their mahi done. We meet every Monday -Thursday at the library. Two of our girls have just received awards for Hauora and Entrepreneurship at the Kaikōura Youth Awards. The girls loved to dress up and be fancy ladies for the night, and we had some amazing support from their parents who came along to cheer their girls on. 

The group has also had the opportunity to take part in the Gets Group workshop, which has built their skills and given them an opportunity to get credits in a different format than their usual individual plans. 

Sharlene from Community Law in Blenheim came and ran a workshop with the group about employment rights. The girls had previously learnt some of the topics through Pathways, but it was a great to have Sharlene come down and teach them about their rights in a fun way; it was interactive and had the girls getting out of their comfort zone.

Introducing... Kare Toa

1st Nov 2021

The Kare Toa group have been meeting every Wednesday at Te Hā. The group is focused around well being and positive opportunities for our wāhine. The girls get together each week and tick off some of the activities that they have jotted down on their planning days. Recently we have been for walks around Kaikōura, which has been a great challenge and really pushed the girls to give things a go - now they are excited to see how many walks we can tick off in the area. We even went to iSite and gathered up some brochures with walks they would like to conquer in the future. 

The girls had an afternoon of being pampered, which involved face masks, nail painting, platters, chocolate and bubbly grape juice - the fancy stuff. They loved their afternoon and it was filled with lots of laughs as they ripped Rosie's face mask off including the top layer of her skin.

Kare Toa is a chance for the girls to be themselves, have a laugh and be uplifted by each other. They have developed a strong connection and now push each other to go further.

Kaikōura Youth Awards

24th Oct 2021

The Kaikōura Youth Council ran their bienniel Kaikōura Youth Awards yesterday - the 23rd of October - and it was a brilliant night! It was great to see the community gathering to celebrate our local youth.

Our staff had been working with KYC to help put together the event, and attended to help with the catering and general running of the evening. We thoroughly enjoyed our night, and want to say a huge thankyou to the Kaikōura Youth Council for all the hard work that went into the event!

It was such a fun night, with some awesome youth receiving awards for their work in the community. Contratulations to everyone who won an award, and to all those who were nominated!

Click here to read more about the night and the award winners.

The Great Kaikoura Bake Off

8th Sep 2021

Well done to the winners of our little lockdown bake off! 
Thankyou everyone for sharing the photos of your creations, it was brilliant to see all the fun people have been having with their baking!

Lockdown Antics

6th Sep 2021

Laila and Elbie have been running virtual games/hangouts for youth year 7 and up every Monday, alongside (now virtual) Lateral Youth every Friday during lockdown!

Check out our Facebook for more information.

Story Time

31st Aug 2021

Over lockdown we have asked you all to email us a video of you reading your favourite stories at home, and we haven't been dissappointed! We have loved seeing all the videos that were sent in... To see the different stories being read, visit our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXgu-nqhhYExRRKxkugOAtA 

Snow Day

14th Aug 2021

Rosie, Renee and the YEP boys had an awesome day on the slopes on Friday....thanks Sport Tasman and Mt Lyford!

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