We've just had a little friend wander into our office to say hi.
A little native New Zealand skink, (about 4" long & not shy about having his photo taken)
He's now safely back in the garden & a lot happier
University of San Diego students are #LeadingTheChange, restoring native wetlands & offsetting the carbon of their travel while experiencing a slice of 'Kiwi' life.
Our native Pohutukawa are known as NZ Xmas trees, because every year they decorate themselves for the big day. From everyone at Kuaka we wish you a happy & safe holiday season.
The Pohutukawa pictured in our Xmas message is really quite a special one.
It was planted by Mary Eisenhower (grand daughter of President Eisenhower) in celebration of our USA High School conference - Huarahi Eco-summit - in July 2000.
(Which was attended by 180 American high school students, for six days across Rotorua & Tauranga, In New Zealand.)
Thank you for coming to participate in Geography field work & share on teaching practice. It is a pleasure to experience our diverse, constantly moving islands with Geographers.
We hope that, from your experiences here, you can apply “Case Study New Zealand” as a generic model to satisfy some key elements of the Geography syllabus.
We hope to see you again!
Virginia Tech & SUNY Brockport students enhance New Zealand on a Service Learning Program. Through this program's conservation focus, these students rebuild native rainforest habitat, help maintain ancient rainforest trails & restore our ocean sand dunes.
Then they pass on this knowledge on to local New Zealand elementary students, making a lasting difference to our environment & our community.
A HUGE thanks to you all.
#StudyAbroad #HokiesAbroad #VirginiaTech #Brockport
Through this program's service learning focus these students made a lasting difference to our environment & our community.
A HUGE thanks to you all.
#studyabroad #Clemson #PennState
LSSU students on a Health, Culture & Ecology Program, bring together their disciplines on a service project Greening the Rubble in the wake of Christchurch's damaging 2011 earthquake.
The project is called the Family Recovery Garden - Te Oranga Ra, & it's mission is:
"Bringing together individuals affected by addiction, their whanau (family) & the community, this garden is a place for meaningful activity, reflection & gathering in support of peoples' journey to well-being"
LSSU students study endemic species & their habitats, indigenous Maori health practices & local approaches to issues of environmental health using natural systems.
Students then combined these themes to give back, regenerating rainforests & helping create an amazing health initiative called a Recovery Garden.
A great day!
Today Clemson University & Penn State students teamed up with local New Zealand students to re-plant & save our sand dunes.
#studyabroad #Clemson #PennState
"Generating Sustainable Change" was the title of Doug's keynote speech to the Global Issues Network - GIN852 Conference, in Hong Kong last week.
It was humbling to meet so many students working towards solutions to the biggest issues of our time.
We take our role as a global citizen seriously. When we say we want to "enhance New Zealand through educational travel" we're talking about conducting our business in a completely sustainable manner. This means improving both the social & natural environments through the actions of our business.
We've been actively involved in native habitat restoration for 20+ years. And with the help of thousands of students we have been able to make a real & significant difference.
Northern Michigan University Students enhancing New Zealand on their Service Learning Program.
A HUGE thanks to these students for all their hard work & the lasting difference they have made on our environment & our community.
See University of San Diego students #LeadTheChange here in New Zealand, restoring our native wetland rainforests & offsetting the carbon of their travel.
This is how our Northern Michigan University group spent the first day of 2017, kayaking along the picturesque coastline & soaking in natural hot pools.
Students are here in New Zealand on a Service Learning program.
Carrol College Interdisciplinary Health Exploration Program students monitoring biodiversity through presence/absence fauna survey.
University of Richmond & Wake Forest University students testing water quality in New Zealand & leaving a lasting impression on their unexpected local 'helpers'.
(Maori New Year)
Officially it was earlier this month, but it is still very early in the new year.
Matariki is the Maori name for a group of seven stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster. They appear in New Zealand's eastern sky around the shortest day of the year & symbolize the coming of the Maori New Year.
Celebrations can start when Matariki is first seen, but the first new moon after Matariki is the official start of Maori New Year.
Frostburg State University & University of Florida students were treated to a host of Maori cultural experiences & even 'gave back' with their own performance.
Frostburg State University & University of Florida students have off-set the entire carbon footprint of their program, including travel to & from New Zealand, by assisting in our native rainforest restoration project.
A big thank you to the NC State University students who helped in the restoration of our New Zealand wetland habitat.
Virginia Tech & SUNY Brockport students help extend New Zealand elementary students' understanding of their local environment by taking them on a sand dune restoration day.
Great work by University of Wisconsin Osh Kosh students on a Challenge New Zealand Leadership Program!
Helping restore native wetland areas & on-going planting.
Virginia Tech & SUNY Brockport students here on a Service Learning program.
Restoring native rainforest here in New Zealand.
450 trees in the ground in an afternoon!
Clemson University & East Carolina University Students joined forces with some of our local New Zealand students to re-plant our sand dunes.
In 2006 Brian joined us on an International Student Volunteer program. And while on holiday in NZ this month, he caught up with us to see how his trees were doing.
Brian's plantings are now known as the 'Sea of Flax' & are enjoyed every day by locals along a public track that winds through the Kopurererua Valley (a 20 year project covering 830 acres).
Thanks again Brian & all of you who came in 2006 & helped with the 'Sea of Flax' project. And if any of you are ever in the area we would love to hear from you too.
Thanks to efforts of people like you over the last 15 years we have planted over a quarter of a million trees into project sites like Kopurererua Valley.
A brief explanation of the conservation process to save our national icon.
A brief explanation on how effective joining two existing rainforests can be.