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
It's starting to feel like Christmas
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.
A Special Tree
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.)
Farewell GTA Singapore
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!
save our sand dunes
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.
Happy New Year from all of us here at Kuaka New Zealand!
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.
Biodiversity & it's relationship to healthy water systems
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'.
Celebrating the Stars
Frostburg State University & University of Florida students learn about Maori culture & Matariki (Maori new year) with TV personality (and former All Black) Matua Parkinson.
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.
500 trees in an afternoon, amazing effort!
A big thank you to the NC State University students who helped in the restoration of our New Zealand wetland habitat.
"Best day ever"
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.
An awesome day at Arataki School!
Virginia Tech & SUNY Brockport students here on a Service Learning program.
Great work by Arizona State University students!
Restoring native rainforest here in New Zealand. 450 trees in the ground in an afternoon!
A lovely day to save the world!
Clemson University & East Carolina University Students joined forces with some of our local New Zealand students to re-plant our sand dunes.
A Blast From the Past!
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.
Making a big difference!
A big thank you to the Radford University students who helped in the restoration of our New Zealand rainforest. Propagating & planting out our precious Karamu plants.
Excellence in the Environment Award
We would like to thank our local tourism industry for recognizing the work we do by awarding us the Excellence in the Environment Award, in this years Tourism Awards. We are very proud of all our environmental initiatives and it’s great to know that our local industry is behind the work we do.
We would also like to congratulate the other winners & nominees.
We've planted our 240,000th tree!
Thanks to the help of so many students over the years we've achieved another milestone!
The Kahikatea was planted by Gerson & Jackie in Sanctuary Park’s wetland last week. (Kahikateas grow to over 70m tall with trunks more than 2m in diameter, so it’s going to be a great focal point!)
Thanks again to everyone who has worked with Kuaka to make this all possible.