Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Police and school students take on Otago Rail Trail

"Police and school students take on Otago Rail Trail"

Dunedin Police and school students are thrilled after completing a 162km bike ride through central Otago scenery.

The yearly Otago Rail Trail trip has been running for a decade and involves Police and students cycling the Otago Rail Trail over three days.

This summer’s took place Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 December.

Senior Constable Toni Wall, Coastal Iwi Liaison Officer says the initiative, run by Police officers and volunteers, gives school kids the opportunity to do something out of their comfort zone, where they can get to know their local Police officers.

“This year we had 16 students, years six, seven, and eight, from Bathgate Park and Brockville Primary schools in Dunedin,” says Senior Constable Wall.

“The kids, and us officers, have a great time.

It’s all about giving school kids an opportunity they may never get otherwise.”

Students participating on the Rangatahi Fitness Leadership Programme (RFLP) have done the trip for the past three years.

“The Rangatahi Fitness Leadership Programme is an eight-week school programme of physical training/mentoring and positive interaction with tamariki,” says Constable Wall.

“It’s designed to extend a young person's mind and physical capability with a focus on teamwork, goal setting and leadership.

“The programme course ends in a final goal which requires teamwork, pure guts and determination – the Otago Rail Trip.”

Constable Wall wants to continue with the RFLP programme at Bathgate Park and Brockville Primary school, continuing to do the Rail Trail at the end of the year.

“It’s a great initiative to be a part of, as we can see the huge benefits of being role models, friends, a listening ear, or just give a hug when it’s needed.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

There Is A Field: Reimagining Biodiversity In Aotearoa

We are in a moment of existential peril, with interconnected climate and biodiversity crises converging on a global scale to drive most life on Earth to the brink of extinction. However, our current worldview and political paradigm renders us incapable of responding adequately due to its disconnected and divisive default settings.

These massive challenges can, however, be reframed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to fundamentally change how humanity relates to nature and to each other. Read on The Dig>>

The Dig: Scoop’s Engaged Journalism Platform Launches
The Scoop Ecosystem has grown bigger with the launch of The Dig - a new public interest, in-depth, Engaged Journalism platform. More>>


Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>


Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>


Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>


"Shocking And Dangerous": Accused Mosque Shooter's Prison Letter Posted Online

The man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks has sent seven letters from prison and had two others withheld, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says. Corrections has now blocked the accused gunman from sending or receiving mail... More>>


Standing On List Only: Paula Bennett To Run National’s Election Campaign

The National Party is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Bennett as our Campaign Chair for the 2020 General Election, President Peter Goodfellow says. More>>

Waiver For State Care Inquiry: Historic Abuse Survivors 'Can Speak Freely'

Abuse in state care survivors can take part in the forthcoming Royal Commission proceedings without being bound by any confidentiality obligations to Crown agencies under their historic claim settlements, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said. More>>


Trail Trial: Sexual Violence Court Reduces Lead-Up Times And Trauma

An evaluation of New Zealand’s first sexual violence court has confirmed that the approach taken in the judge-led pilot considerably reduces the time that cases take to reach trial. More>>




InfoPages News Channels