New Horizons Aotearoa

About This Project

In 2018 we completed programmes working at Devon Intermediate School, Manukorihi School, Coastal Taranaki School, Spotswood College and Te Pi’ipi’inga Kākano Mai I Rangiatea supporting 29 rangatahi / young people. Working with DOC and the Taranaki Mounga Project, rangatahi built pest eradication traps, who then had the opportunity to place them at the Blue Rata Reserve, seeing first-hand the impact their work will have on the predator numbers in the National Park.

We also partnered with Red Cross to build benches for their Buddy Bench programme. The benches are gifted to local schools to support student connection and reduce isolation. Benches built by the New Horizons programmes were gifted to Vogeltown Primary, Waitara East School and Coastal Taranaki School.

New Horizons Aotearoa is a collaborative initiative implemented by the Bishop’s Action Foundation and the New Horizons Group. The programme sees years 7-10 students work with mentors on groups building projects. The idea was founded by Kere Ell who actively manages the kaupapa of the programme and Bishop Action Foundation (BAF) connects the various organisations involved, oversee the mentors, manage the programme logistics and works with the schools involved.

Our mentors are an integral part of the programme and include local business / trades people, as well as anyone who has a passion working with youth. All mentors have been through the police vetting process.

The programme fosters positive relationship building with mentors while being encouraged to be open to vocational career pathways and helps students to be ready to connect with existing initiatives at high school.

Participating students achieved the following outcomes during 2018:

  • Helped to build pest eradication traps to protect their natural environment
  • Learned practical building / construction skills;
  • Developed a sense of responsibility and trust.

Current supporters of this programme include Red Cross, Taranaki Mounga Project, New Plymouth ITM Building Supplies and ICT Gateway. We gratefully acknowledge these businesses for their support. We also gratefully acknowledge the TSB Community Trust for providing funding for the programme.

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