Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Sweet Success for 3rd time lucky Kaitaia College

This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Taitokerau Tallship Challenge. It’s a special milestone for this leadership voyage which is jointly sponsored by Northpower and Top Energy.

Weather played an important part with a lumpy passage up really testing the trainees, but once into the Bay they were able to enjoy getting into the challenges and competing for the winner’s trophy. Sailing the ship in heavy wind allowed the all-female teams to really test themselves, and they demonstrated real skill.

In the words of Whangarei Girls student Cailee Bowmar: “I embraced the change in my way of thinking, becoming more aware of the surrounding environment and how to take care of it. I also faced my biggest challenge of failing in something …. and let my anger and regret go.”

Challenges this year ranged from tug-of-war and a variety of beach games, the ever popular dessert challenge, hoisting and lowering the fores’l together, biosecurity and fauna challenge and the sea shanty competition to name a few. A highlight for the trainees was the blindfold challenge guiding trainees through an obstacle course of sticks on the beach without using words. Early morning swims, good teamwork and tidy bunks extra all earned points for the teams.

The winners for this year were the team of Katie Thompson and Kira Watson from Kaitaia College. It was a particularly sweet victory as both girls had entered the Taitokerau Tallship Challenge competition for the past two years but had been unsuccessful. This time they not only scored a place on the voyage, but also the winning trophy.

At the end of the voyage, Executive Trustee Jane Hindle informed the trainees of the recent passing of Ta Hekenukumai Busby while they were away. She noted that when the ship was transferred into a Charitable Trust, Ta Hek had brought one of his waka down to tautoko the occasion and he was a signatory on our Trust Deed. He leaves a huge legacy.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Kura Forrester & James Nokise: Billy T And FRED Winners Announced

The NZ International Comedy Festival with Best Foods Mayo honoured the exceptional talent on show in the 2019 programme, rewarding excellence with the New Zealand Comedy Trust awards: The FRED, for the best New Zealand Show in the Festival, and the Electric Kiwi Billy T Award. More>>

Don't Miss The 2019 Jazz Gala Tour

Featuring renowned US rock drummer Gregg Bissonette, vocalist Glenn Walters, and UK trumpet Star Louis Dowdeswell in concert with the Rodger Fox Big Band. More>>

Tuia - Encounters 250: Te Papa Acquires Rare Painting Of Cook's Voyage

Te Papa announced today it has purchased William Hodges’ Waterfall in Dusky Bay with Maori Canoe for New Zealand’s national art collection. More>>

Resene Eighth Annual Architecture & Design Film Festival

This year’s line-up will showcase the most acclaimed and current films in architecture and design, including documentaries on this century’s finest architects, super stars in the design field and movements for environmental change. More>>

Ockhams: ‘Urgently Relevant’ Novel Wins NZ’s Richest Literary Award

Dame Fiona Kidman has won this year’s $53,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards for her novel, This Mortal Boy, a work described by the judges as ‘moving, memorable, authentic and urgently relevant to our times.’ More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland