Te Wharekura o TPKMIR gain global insight in the Gold Coast

As part of the Airpoints™ for Schools programme, students from Te Wharekura o TPKMIR flew to the Gold Coast to experience culture and travel outside New Zealand.

Te Pi'ipi'inga Kakano Mai Rangiatea Kura Kaupapa Maori (Te Wharekura o TPKMIR) school in New Plymouth fundraised for two years for a student trip to the Gold Coast. Donations from Airpoints for Schools helped to make their trip a reality and gave most of the students the opportunity to travel on an airplane for the first time.

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The journey intended to further the students' growth and development through experiencing the sights, sounds, diverse cultures and activities outside of their immediate environment. As first time international travellers, the trip gave the New Plymouth pupils a greater appreciation for their own culture and they learnt about the importance of maintaining indigenous language.

Each day was jam-packed with activities, from interacting with indigenous animals at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to learning about Aboriginal culture at the Spirit of the Red Sands theatre show and dinner experience. Students conquered their fears on the high ropes and had a dose of adrenaline on their visits to the famous theme parks in the Gold Coast.

A big focus of the travel was on how to maintain cultural identity and values in a multicultural society. This sparked deep and meaningful discussions amongst teachers and students throughout the entire trip, and the students came away from their journey with a greater understanding of multiculturalism.

"Nei rā ko Te Wharekura o Te Pihipihinga Kākano Mai i Rangiātea, e mihi ana ki a koutou
Rerenga o Aotearoa me tā koutou whai koha mai ki tēnei kaupapa kia āhei tēnei kāhui Aho
Matua te rere atu ki tāwāhi, kia timo i ngā hua taketake, i ngā hua miharo o reira. No mātou
anō te māringanui i tautokona mai e ngā tini kaituku piro, mei kore ake ko rātou, mei kore ake
ko Air New Zealand kua kore rawa mātou e tutuki i te kaupapa nei.

He puāwai au nō runga i te tikanga
He raurengarenga nō roto i te Raukura
Ko tōku Raukura, he manawanui ki te ao." - Tatyana Glassie, Year 12 student at Te Wharekura o TPKMIR