Another lockdown update from our CEO

Another update from Tim, our CEO:⠀

As New Zealand prepares to move into the “traffic light” system, I thought I would give you another update as to how we are getting on. ⠀

Well, firstly, good news!! ⠀


We had our first Auckland programmes back up and running last week: a Youth Justice programme and a Care and Protection programme, both run in partnership with Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children. Of course, we were operating under the strict covid regulations, but at least we can see the light at the end of the tunnel! ⠀

These initial programmes only involve one instructor Dave, from our Adventure Therapy team. The rest of the instructors are keeping busy with prepping gear, scouting locations, and keeping up-to-date with the skills required for instructing surfing, surf kayaking, bush, mountain biking and rock climbing. ⠀

As a team, we are all stoked that we are getting back out there! ⠀

Unfortunately, we are now expecting very few programmes to go ahead between now and next year, but thankfully we still have Christchurch operating and holding down the fort!⠀


An update from Andy, our Christchurch programme manager:⠀

“Our Biggest Camp for the Year, with Medbury School, is running this week up at Lake Lyndon Lodge, Castle Hill. We are also running some end-of-year day-programmes with our regular schools and also Te Puna Wai Youth Justice residence. ⠀

Anneke is continuing her one-on-one adventure therapy work, “Taking Therapy Outside.” We are getting ready for our upcoming E3 Journey programme, a programme for Year 12 and 13 students. Mark and Anneke are running a programme inside Christchurch Men’s Prison.⠀

Peter and Grace just got their Grade 2 Raft Guides Certs, April is siting Mountain Bike 1 next week. Mark, Grace and myself have completed our PHEC (Pre Hospital Emergency Care) refresher last week, which was hosted at our new building.” ⠀


Finally, I want to give a huge thank you to the individuals, organisations and charities that have supported us financially and in prayer throughout the lockdown. Your support has been substantial and we are incredibly grateful.⠀

– Tim Wills, CEO

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